Posts Tagged ‘Roberto Donna’

Put Foie Gras on Everything at Alba Osteria

What goes with everything? Foie gras, apparently. Alba Osteria, the recently opened Piedmontese Italian restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle, lets diners add a duck liver to any pasta, entree, antipasti, or pizza for an additional $12. Foie gras—which involves force feeding a duck or goose to fatten up its liver—has "kind of gotten, obviously, a bad rap […]

Osteria Morini vs. Alba Osteria

2013 was the year of osterias. Osteria Marzano arrived in Alexandria, while Ovvio Osteria opened in Merrifield. In the District, New York transplant Osteria Morini debuted in Navy Yard, and Roberto Donna-helmed Alba Osteria opened earlier this week near Mt. Vernon Square. Elisir changed to Elisir Osteria in its more casual rebrand. And Alphonse Italian […]

Piedmontese-Inspired Restaurant Alba Osteria Will Open Dec. 30

Al Dente chef Roberto Donna will reunite with Amy Brandwein, his former chef at tax-plagued Galileo, at a new northern Italian restaurant called Alba Osteria, opening Dec. 30. "It's different," Donna says. "Before she used to work for me, now we work together... We're really a team." Their boss? Hakan Ilhan, who also owns Al Dente […]

The Roberto Connection

Esquire magazine has named legendary D.C. toque (and tax cheat) Roberto Donna its Chef of the Year. While the Al Dente chef may not lord over a restaurant empire as he once did, his influence still reaches far and wide. Here's a look at some of the D.C. chefs who've worked with and for Donna […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Larger Portions, Cheaper Prices Edition

R.J. Cooper's Rogue 24 to offer shorter tasting menus with larger portions, cheaper prices [Eater] La Forchetta's Roberto Donna is taking it easy with the eggs these days [Post] Spike Mendelsohn's "Sunnyside" burger is messy, but it doesn't suck. [Burger Days] Have a drink and vent with Raynold Mendizabal at Black & Orange [Blade] Try […]

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 […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Foamy Latte Fight Club Edition

Enter the shadowy world of D.C. baristas and their foamy monthly "fight club." Dolcezza, Filter, Peregrine, Chinatown Coffee Company—they're all involved. [Borderstan] Asylum, R.I.P. [Prince of Petworth] José Andrés ranks No. 41 among the "50 Most Powerful People in Washington." His restaurant Minibar, you'll recall, ranks No. 1 in our book. [GQ] Former Galileo III […]

Pasta Dystopia: Roberto Donna’s Galileo III in ‘Disarray’

In the Post, Y&H alum Tim Carman paints a rather disheartening portrait of famed chef Roberto Donna's downtown restaurant Galileo III: a downsized menu, a depleted wine cellar, staffers jumping ship, a filthy kitchen, and a celebrity chef dogged by mounting debts—more than $1 million, if you add up all the penalties and interest from […]