Modern Italian

  • 81
  • 2015 Best Pizza

Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella serves up the Italian-inspired fare of his Jersey upbringing in this lively Chinatown eatery. The home-style menu features small plates, artisanal pizzas, wood-fired meats, housemade pastas and Prosecco on tap.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“There's a reason every table appears to host a plate of agnolotti. The rectangular pillows stuffed with what tastes like summer (but is in fact a sort of pudding made with fresh corn and mascarpone) are among the finest pastas coming out of any kitchen. The neat lineup of hand-made bundles gets pine nuts for texture, and sauteed chanterelles and a light wash of butter to gild what's already glorious…Other required eating at Graffiato should include the rich polenta topped with soft and juicy meatballs; the gnocchi arranged with (how can you go wrong?) braised pork and creamy burrata; and bone marrow that combines bread crumbs, bacon, shallots and melted fat in the trough of a split bone. Its decadence is tempered by a squeeze of a lemon half with caramelized sugar.” – Washington Post

“Top Chef alum Mike Isabella’s restaurant behind the Verizon Center is Italian-American, but a typical red-sauce joint it’s not. In the mood for calamari? You’ll find the fried rings on an excellent pizza zigzagged with spicy aïoli. Pepperoni is refashioned into a zesty sauce served with flatbread. And a Caesar salad stands out thanks to cream-cheese croutons. Some of Isabella’s best plates revolve around vegetables—lemony roasted cauliflower with pecorino or crispy Brussels sprouts glazed with maple syrup and served atop Greek yogurt.” – Washingtonian

[on 20 most Iconic Tomato Dishes in America: Graffiato’s Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes] “‘Jersey Mike’ Isabella’s Chinatown restaurant riffs on the classic Italian-American spaghetti dinner with this simple stunner made from hand-cut pasta, olive oil–poached cherry tomatoes and Thai basil. A favorite among Graffiato regulars and fellow Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa, the pasta is a permanent fixture on the otherwise frequently changed menu.” – Food Republic


Brick walls, exposed pipes, and concrete frame the two-story, industrial-chic space. Bustling and lively, the setting includes two open kitchens – one per floor – and a (very popular) bar.


  • Number 62: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • 100 Very Best restaurants of 2015 - Washingtonian
  • Two and a half starts from the Washington Post 2014
  • 38 Essential Washington DC Restaurants 2014 Washington DC Eater
  • Zagat rating of 24 out of 30

Menu for Graffiato

707 6th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Industrial, Lively
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 289-3600
  • Private Dining Room: No