Posts Tagged ‘Kapnos’

Kapnos Taverna Brings Greek Island and Coastal Food to Ballston

There will be seafood towers.

How Long Have All D.C. Chefs Lasted On Top Chef? (Spoiler)

Kapnos chef George Pagonis didn't do so well in the first episode.

The Latest Artisanal Trend in D.C. Restaurants? Branded Booze

Iron Gate, Founding Farmers, Kapnos, The Red Hen, The Passenger, and more all have their own private labels.

Kapnos Chef George Pagonis Will Appear on Top Chef

Following in the footsteps of his boss Mike Isabella, Kapnos chef George Pagonis will appear on the next season of Top Chef. Set to premiere Oct. 15, the Bravo show will take place in Boston this year. Prior to Kapnos, Pagonis spent time at Graffiato and Zaytinya (where he first worked under Isabella) as well as Aureole  in […]

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, […]

D.C.’s Best Kitchen Counter Seats

Most diners eat out to get away from the kitchen, but at a handful of local restaurants, stoveside is where you’ll find the best, most exclusive seats in the house. Which should be obvious: Watching a top-tier chef prepare your meal can be like seeing a magician reveal his trick. Just don’t be shy: “We […]

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 […]

Small Plates, Big Money

Two frequent gripes plague small plate restaurants: 1) The prices 2) servers telling you how many dishes you should order per person. The number is often too large, and consequently, the final tab is often too much. I called up six tapas-style restaurants to see how many dishes they recommend for dinner, then stacked up […]

Open Season: Restaurateurs Go Big Quickly in Expanding Their Businesses

It’s opening day at the Greek-inspired 14th Street NWrestaurant Kapnos, and chef/owner Mike Isabella admits he’s already going gray. For the first time, I notice white hairs salt the 38-year-old’s gelled-up ’do and scruffy beard. “It’s adrenaline and it’s stress,” Isabella says of opening new restaurants. “You work every day, open to close. And it’s […]

Spike vs. Mike

Top Chef brethren Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella both happen to be opening meat-centric restaurants in D.C. today. Mendelsohn unveils his steak frites joint Bearnaise in Capitol Hill, and Isabella brings Greek-inspired Kapnos to 14th Street NW. How do they stack up away from the TV kitchen? Graphic by Carey Jordan

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