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!