My favorite meal during our anniversary weekend in the Northeast was brunch with Mr. and Mrs. Yeah4Me at Graffiato in D.C.
Graffiato is Chef Mike Isabella's ode to his Italian-American heritage, sprinkled with Mediterranean and Latin notes from his previous life as executive chef at Zaytinya and sous chef at Alma de Cuba. Some of you may recognize Chef Isabella's name from Top Chef.
Consider me a huge fan now. Huge. Every single thing we had was absolutely fantastic. If Graffiato had existed back when I lived in D.C., maybe I wouldn't hate D.C. so much.
Housemade five-spice ginger beer and housemade watermelon and lemongrass soda ($5 each).
The four of us decided to do the "booze and bites" deal. For $25, you choose any three dishes and/or cocktails. We opted for three dishes each and added drinks and desserts on top of that. Prices listed are what you'd pay without participating in "booze and bites."
Burrata, Heirloom tomatoes, melon, saba ($12).
Hand-cut spaghetti, olive oil poached cherry tomatoes, basil ($9).
Risotto, soft egg, pancetta, mushroom ($12).
Crab scramble, arugula, ricotta salata ($13).
Meatballs, creamy polenta, farmed egg ($10).
Crispy potato gnocchi, summer squash, pine nuts ($11).
Skirt steak, potatoes, corn, ricotta salata, salsa verde ($13).
Wood oven baked eggs, spicy sausage, tomatoes, peppers ($12).
Crispy lamb, yogurt, cucumber, tapenade ($13).
Sweet corn agnolotti, Chanterelles, pine nuts ($11).
Roasted chicken thigh, braised Romano beans, tomato, Parmesan ($10).
Market berry pizza, ricotta, hazelnut ($8).
Cinnamon knots, Nutella ($6).
Graffiato is quite impressive. Our server was really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Pistachio cake, cherries, balsamic, orange gelato ($7).
I highly highly highly recommend that you visit Graffiato when you're in D.C. Better yet, grab two happy, hungry friends like Mr. and Mrs. Yeah4Me, so you can try as much food as you possibly can. Thanks for sharing this meal with us!
Long time blog follower (grew up in Monterey Park, so I use your blog often when I visit "home"), but now DC resident. I work just down the street from Graffiato and it is outstanding. Even my husband (who hates small plates) loves it. The cocktails are also to die for.ReplyDelete
We loved our meal here so much! You should give me D.C. tips for the future. ;)Delete
Thanks so for reading for so long!
If you find yourself in DC soon again, we like Fiola http://www.fioladc.com/ and Restaurant Eve is a long time favorite. It's hard to get a table at Komi (long time DC favorite), but the new sister restaurant Little Serow is great. Dining here is much more cyclical than in other cities (I blame transient population and expense accounts), but those are great options right now!ReplyDelete
I'm sure we'll return in the future! Thanks for these recs!Delete
I can vouch for both Komi and Little Serow. Excellence squared!ReplyDelete
That looked great!ReplyDelete
Oh, it was. It was!Delete
everything looks so good. i'd go to dc, but every time i go, it snows. boo to me.ReplyDelete
Worth the snow. :)Delete