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.
“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.
707 6th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001