Posts Tagged ‘Hakan Ilhan’

Neapolitan Smackdown!

In opening La Forchetta, the modish new Italian-themed eatery in Wesley Heights, restaurateur Hakan Ilhan boldly declared that the reigning mecca of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza-making in the District had just been surpassed.“2Amys, in my opinion, was No. 1," Ilhan said, referring to Peter Pastan's uber-popular pizzeria in Cleveland Park. "I think ours is the best.” […]

What To Eat Tonight: Neapolitan Pizza at La Forchetta

Witness the return of Washington's most famous Italian chef. Roberto Donna is running the kitchen at La Forchetta, which opens tonight in Wesley Heights near American University. Try the Neapolitan pizzas, prepared in a piping, 700-degree-plus wood-burning oven, located smack in the center of the restaurant. Owner Hakan Ilhan boldly predicts that you'll like these […]

La Forchetta Vows To Topple 2Amys As D.C.’s Highest Neapolitan Temple

Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan has taste-tested all sorts of artisanal pizzas around town. “2Amys, in my opinion, was No. 1," Ilhan says, referring to Peter Pastan's uber-popular pizzeria in Cleveland Park. Yes, Ilhan is speaking in the past tense. Like any confident operator of a brand-spankin' new gourmet pizza joint, Ilhan boldly asserts that the pies […]

Welcome Back, Roberto Donna!

James Beard Award-winning Italian chef and notorious tax cheat Roberto Donna is en route back to Washington today, escaping his culinary exile in Arizona after signing a one-year contract to cook at the forthcoming La Forchetta on New Mexico Avenue NW. Post food critic Tom Sietsema got the scoop late Tuesday. Owner Hakan Ilhan says […]

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