Posts Tagged ‘Graffiato’

Will Mike Isabella Ever Launch a Real Food Truck?

By now, you've likely heard that chef Mike Isabella will be hitting the streets of D.C. tomorrow in a Graffiato "pop-up" food truck. "Pop-up" is fair. But "food truck?" While Isabella will be moving around town in a wheeled vehicle, it's really more of a promotional effort in partnership with reservation system CityEats than a […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Ridiculously Colorful Drink

Where: Poste, 555 8th St. NW Bartender Response: “Vodka, rum, or tequila?” (We asked for anything but tequila.) What We Got: Bacardi rum, crème de violette, blue curaçao, and sour mix, garnished with a fuschia orchid Price: $10 How It Tasted: Colorful drinks can never escape their reputation as sweet and fruity. But here, the […]

Pop Up? Pipe Down!

Lost Society, on U Street NW, is normally closed on Monday nights. But on a recent Monday evening, its dining room played host to 18 guests in a somewhat unusual arrangement. Seated around one long communal table, the diners ate dishes like popcorn soup, strawberry pasta, and a Ritz cracker ice cream with warm apple […]

Take Me to Your Eater

In Philadelphia, there’s Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteaks. In New Orleans, it’s Café du Monde’s beignets. And in D.C., some dishes have amassed their own cult-like followings. Sweet Corn Agnolotti at Graffiato Graffiato fans nearly started a riot when these corn-stuffed, pillow-shaped pasta went out of season last year. The popular dish will return on June […]

Mike Isabella’s Bandolero Tattoo

Last year, Mike Isabella got a tattoo of a brass-knuckled pizza cutter on his forearm to commemorate the opening of Graffiato. In honor of his new mod-Mex spot Bandolero, the chef is getting some ink of a bandolero. The Mexican cowboy tattoo even matches the restaurant's Day of the Dead theme. In a way, Isabella […]

Mike Isabella’s Non-Mexican Mexican Joint Opens Tonight

In case you've missed the non-stop buzz, Bandolero opens in Georgetown tonight at 4 p.m. On the menu, you'll find chef Mike Isabella's take on tacos, empanadas, tostadas, and other Mexican fare. But the last time he was actually in Mexico? A decade ago. For that matter, the Graffiato chef has never been to Italy, […]

The Future 14th Street NW: D.C.’s Really Little Italy

All sorts of new food and drink options are in the works along the already bustling 14th Street corridor. These notably include a Greek concept from Graffiato chef-owner Mike Isabella, a Southeast Asian-themed eatery by Proof and Estadio’s Mark Kuller, as well as two joints by the prolific Matchbox Food Group. Among the various announced […]

Scene Steelers: Blue 44 in Chevy Chase Has Winning Formula, So-So Menu

Amid all the splashy restaurant openings of the past year, Blue 44, which opened in April 2011, barely made a blip on the otherwise ultra-attentive radar of the District’s largely young professional-driven foodie culture. There’s a good reason for that: Unlike Elisir, Fiola, Graffiato, Little Serow, Rogue 24, and Toki Underground, among other hugely hyped […]

Can Scott Drewno Repeat As D.C.’s Pork King?

The local, um, leg of Cochon 555, aka "The Pork Olympics," is coming up April 22. Today, organizers announced this year's cheftestants who, as the Post reports, will compete to break down whole pigs into the best bite-sized dishes. Last year's victor, The Source's Scott Drewno, will return to defend his title against, among others, […]

Mike Isabella Wins ‘People’s Best New Chef’ Mid-Atlantic

Congrats to Graffiato boss and recent Washington City Paper cover boy Mike Isabella, the winner of "People's Best New Chef" for the Mid-Atlantic region, as voted by the readers of Food & Wine magazine.  Tim Byres of Smoke in Dallas (a recent guest chef at Rogue 24) is the overall winner for 2012. Cover photo […]

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