Posts Tagged ‘Graffiato’

Is the Future of D.C. Restaurants in Collaborations?

Mandu could have been mistaken for a hot nightclub with a line of people camped out down the block at 10 p.m. on a recent Friday night. But instead of a bouncer, a host ushered in the crowds. Within 10 minutes, every seat in the Korean restaurant was full, with people two or three deep […]

Boundary Road Launches Weekly Guest Chef Series for August

Chefs seem to be everywhere but their own kitchens these days, as guest-chef nights have proliferated at restaurants across the city. Restaurateur Mike Isabella notably hosts Industry Takeover Nights the first Monday of every month where local and visiting chefs and mixologists take over the kitchen of Graffiato’s first-floor pizza bar. And this summer, Mandu […]

Where to Find Industry Happy Hours

"Industry night" tends to be more of an informal, unadvertised thing. For chefs, bartenders, and servers that work their busiest shifts on Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are their versions of the weekend. But several places now officially promote industry happy hours and events. And you don't necessarily have to work in a bar […]

The Mike Isabella Restaurant Opening Timeline

Another day, another restaurant from Mike Isabella. The chef's latest destination is Richmond, Va., where he plans to open a second Graffiato this spring. To help you keep track of Isabella's rapid-fire expansion, here's a timeline of his restaurant projects over the last two and a half years: June 20, 2011: Graffiato opens in Chinatown May 24, […]

The Source’s Scott Drewno Is the First Guest Chef at G Sandwich Shop

Every month, Mike Isabella hands over Graffiato's kitchen to guest chefs from around the country for rowdy Industry Takeover Nights. Now, he's also letting fellow chefs into the kitchen at G sandwich shop as well. Each month, the menu will feature a different sandwich created by someone from another restaurant. The Source chef Scott Drewno […]

Mike Isabella to Open Another Greek Restaurant in Arlington

Mike Isabella has already opened five restaurants in about two years (one of which he's split ties with). But he's not stopping there: The chef announced today that he plans to open Kapnos Taverna, a spinoff of his Greek-inspired restaurant Kapnos, in Ballston next summer. Kapnos Taverna, located at 4000 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, will include […]

Mike Isabella Will Open a Sandwich Shop in New Jersey

Mike Isabella is going back to his Jersey roots by opening G GrabandGo in his home state this spring. He's teaming up with his sister Diana Isabella and brother-in-law Rob Wetchkus. The 20-seat restaurant located in Edison is inspired by Graffiato and G, an Italian sandwich shop with evening tasting menu coming to 14th Street […]

Mike Isabella Brings Weekly Pop-Ups to Graffiato

Got pop-up fatigue yet? Well, Mike Isabella doesn't. After doing several pop-ups at other venues, the Graffiato chef is bringing them to his home turf. Beginning in January, guest chefs will takeover the kitchen of his Italian-inspired restaurant on Sunday and Monday nights. Graffiato sous chef Adam Brick and chef de cuisine Marjorie Meek-Bradley will […]

Mike Isabella Cookbook Debuts Sept. 23

Mike Isabella will add one more item to his resume this month: published cookbook author. The Graffiato and Bandolero chef will be signing copies of Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian at Graffiato from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 23. The $35 book will become available nationwide on Sept. 25. He'll also be heading […]

Authentic-ish

Chef Haidar Karoum had never professionally cooked Spanish food before the 2010 opening of Estadio in Logan Circle. But his tortilla española with sweet hot peppers could give the real deal a run for its money. The French-trained chef, who’s half-Irish and half-Lebanese, learned the recipe in Rioja, Spain. He visited the country for the […]

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