Posts Tagged ‘Potenza’

86 the Whole Place

D.C. has seen a rash of high-profile restaurants shutter over the past couple months. Rising rents and a boom of competition mean if you can’t get Washington’s discerning diners to eat, you’ll be eaten. Restaurant lifespans, after all, are notoriously short even in good times. (Restaurant years are kind of like dog years in that […]

Current Sushi Closes Today

Current Sushi will serve its last spicy tuna roll today. Co-owner David Karim says it's become too hard for the Connecticut Avenue spot to be profitable as a sushi bar with the neighborhood's high rent. He adds that he wants to focus on the upstairs lounge and rooftop patio, Rosebar, which will undergo renovations at the […]

Zola and Potenza To Close

The rumors are true: Stir Food Group restaurants Potenza and Zola will both close this summer. Zola is set to close June 30, and Potenza on Aug. 18. Zola Wine & Kitchen closed last month, but Potenza Wine Shop will remain open, says Zola manager Melissa Pinkerton. The Malrite Company, which also owns the Spy […]

Last nIght’s Leftovers: Be a Competitive Eater Edition

There's still time to sign up for a Z-Burger's burger eating contest [HuffPost] The fanciest thing at the Fancy Food Show: 100-year aged balsamico [Post] New Orleans Po' Boy Shop on 19th and M streets now slated to open in July [Washingtonian] Rumor mill: Is chef Jeff Beuben taking over the Potenza space downtown? [Nycci Nellis […]

Y&H Speaks Italian Today on WAMU

You can't throw a meatball — no, sorry, a gnocco slathered in goat ragu — without hitting some downtown Italian restaurant these days. I wrote about the crowded field in a recent Y&H column, but since that piece, Bibiana has opened and more Italian places are planned for neighborhoods just around the perimeter of downtown, including a […]

Vox Populi: Y&H Rater kzimmer on Zola’s Restaurant Week Lunch

Restaurant Rater kzimmer wrote a thoughtfully detailed review of his/her Restaurant Week lunch at Zola, the Penn Quarter spot owned by the same group that recently opened Potenza, one of the subjects of this week's Y&H column. Here's what kzimmer had to say about Zola:

Owner: Bibiana Osteria Will NOT be a Pizza Joint

Bibiana Osteria and Enoteca, the latest entrant in the area's escalating Italian Restaurant Wars, will indeed serve pizza, just like a number of other combatants in this wide-scale skirmish, including Potenza, Ristorante Posto, and Kora. But owner Ashok Bajaj doesn't want pies to define his new place at 1100 New York Ave. NW, which will […]

Restaurateurs Keep Rolling Out the Pizza Joints

French Non-Resistance: Petits Plats goes Italian with Pizze. It's a sign of the times that local restaurateurs continue to place their trust in the good ol' Italian pie. Cheaper to produce than many other dishes — and one with an expansive, built-in fan base — pizza has become the low-risk option for a number of new and/or […]

Italian Eateries Are Getting Quite Famoso in Downtown D.C.

When Galileo was forced to leave town in 2006, downtown D.C. was left with only a handful of decent Italian restaurants, including Tosca and the woefully underrated Spezie. But in recent months, the dearth has turned into a near glut. (Relax, you word mavens; I understand that "near glut" has all the contradictory overtones of […]

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