Graffiato

Modern Italian

  • 81
  • 2015 Best Pizza
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Overview

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

Ambience

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.

Accolades

  • 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

Main Menu

Antipasti

  • Cured Meat & Cheese chef's selection, apricot mostarda, pickled vegetables
    $18.00
    $28.00
  • Broccolini red pepper relish, feta, walnuts
    $12.00
  • Crispy Potatoes balsamic, honey ricotta, pancetta
    $12.00
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts maple yogurt, pancetta vinaigrette, hardboiled egg
    $12.00
  • Roasted Cauliflower romesco, mint, pecorino
    $11.00
  • Burrata Salad snap pea, scallion, carrot, fennel, breakfast radish, grapefruit vinaigrette
    $14.00
  • Tuscan Kale Salad roasted squash, gala apple, hazelnut, brown butter vinaigrette
    $13.00
  • Caesar cream cheese croutons, breadcrumbs, parmesan
    $12.00
  • Roasted Beets arugula pesto, mint, spiced pistachio, gorgonzola dolce
    $13.00
  • Glazed Pork Belly scallion, blood orange, cannellini beans
    $16.00

Pasta

  • Spaghetti olive oil poached cherry tomatoes, basil, parmesan
    $14.00
  • Tagliatelle shortrib ragu, pecorino, parsley, chili flakes
    $16.00
  • Rigatoni veal bolognese, almonds, sherry vinegar, pecorino
    $16.00
  • Potato Gnocchi pork ragu, whipped ricotta, crispy rosemary
    $16.00
  • Fettucine Alfredo chicken, broccolini, percorino, parsley
    $15.00
  • Mushroom Risotto maitake & oyster mushroom, parmesan crisp
    $15.00
  • Baked Cavatelli prosciutto, parmesan, vodka sauce
    $16.00
  • Seashells shrimp, bay scallops, clams, calamari, tomato, aleppo pepper
    $16.00
  • Smoked Mushroom Ravioli butternut squash, pickled fresnos, spiced pumpkin seeds
    $15.00

Entree

  • Oven Roasted Rainbow Trout spiced beluga lentils, brussels sprouts, slow roasted tomatoes, calabrian chili
    $16.00
  • Turkey Leg creamy polenta, seasonal veggies, watercress, turkey jus
    $19.00
  • Flat Iron Steak parsnip puree, charred root vegetables, truffle butter
    $22.00
  • Lamb Shoulder acorn squash, celery root, pomegranate
    $19.00
  • Cioppino mussels, scallops, calamari, roasted fillet, garlic toast
    $23.00
  • Chicken Alla Romana guanciale, green & yellow peppers, puntarelle
    $20.00

Pizza

  • American Pie tomato, mozzarella, basil
    $16.00
  • Porky's Revenge soppressata, pepperoni, sausage, tomato, mozzarella
    $19.00
  • Forager artichoke, mushroom, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted garlic
    $17.00
  • Goodfellas meatball, tomato, provolone, chili flake
    $18.00
  • White House mozzarella, taleggio, ricotta, prosciutto, black pepper honey
    $19.00
  • Countryman black truffle, fontina, soft farmed egg
    $19.00
  • Jersey Shore fried calamari, tomato, provolone, cherry pepper aioli
    $18.00
  • Build Your Own Pizza choose your base: White or Red
    Starting At $12.00

Chefs Tasting Menu

  • Chefs Tasting Menu
    $59.00

Brunch Menu

Antipasti

  • Broccolini red pepper relish, feta, walnuts
    $12.00
  • Roasted Cauliflower romesco, mint, pecorino
    $11.00
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts maple yogurt, pancetta vinaigrette, hardboiled egg
    $12.00
  • Burrata Salad snap pea, scallion, carrot, fennel, breakfast radish, grapefruit vinaigrette
    $14.00
  • Caesar Salad cream cheese croutons, breadcrumbs, parmesan
    $12.00
  • Tuscan Kale Salad roasted squash, gala apple, hazelnut, brown butter vinaigrette
    $13.00
  • Roasted Beets arugula pesto, mint, spiced pistachio, gorgonzola dolce
    $13.00
  • Glazed Pork Belly scallion, blood orange, cannellini beans
    $16.00

Brunch

  • Baked Eggs mozzarella, spring vegetable, herb tomato salad
    $13.00
  • Scrambled Eggs smoked salmon, red onion, fried capers, everything bagel chips
    $15.00
  • Eggs Benedict kale, tomato, grapefruit, pancetta bits, guanciale hollandaise
    $14.00
  • Steak & Eggs marinated flat iron, charred tomato, breakfast potatoes, fried egg
    $19.00
  • Chicken & Waffles fried chicken breast, rosemary waffle, calabrian chile butter, maple syrup
    $18.00
  • Breakfast Pizza tomato, mozzarella, crispy potato, breakfast sausage, poached egg
    $18.00

Pasta

  • Spaghetti olive oil poached cherry tomatoes, thai basil, parmesan
    $14.00
  • Potato Gnocchi pork ragu, whipped ricotta, crispy rosemary
    $16.00
  • Baked Cavatelli prosciutto, parmesan, vodka sauce
    $16.00
  • Seashells shrimp, bay scallops, clams, calamari, tomato
    $16.00
  • Smoked Mushroom Ravioli butternut squash, pickled fresnos, spiced pumpkin seeds
    $15.00

Entree

  • Oven Roasted Rainbow Trout spiced beluga lentils, brussels sprouts, slow roasted tomatoes, calabrian chili
    $16.00
  • Chicken Alla Romana guanciale, green & yellow peppers, puntarelle
    $20.00
  • Lamb Shoulder acorn squash, celery root, pomegranate
    $19.00
  • Turkey Leg creamy polenta, seasonal veggies, watercress, turkey jus
    $19.00

Sweets

  • Panettone French Toast whipped ricotta, dried apricot & currant syrup
    $12.00
  • Zeppole greek honey yogurt, macerated fruit, lemon zest
    $8.00
  • Richitella Pizza nutella, bananas, strawberries, powdered sugar
    $16.00

Sides

  • Focaccia Toast
    $5.00
  • Bacon
    $4.00
  • Sausage
    $5.00
  • Breakfast Potatoes
    $8.00

Pizza

  • Breakfast Pizza tomato, mozzarella, crispy potato, breakfast sausage, poached egg
    $18.00
  • American Pie tomato, mozzarella, basil
    $16.00
  • Porky's Revenge soppressata, pepperoni, sausage, tomato, mozzarella
    $19.00
  • Forager artichoke, mushroom, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted garlic
    $17.00
  • Goodfellas meatball, tomato, provolone, chili flake
    $18.00
  • White House mozzarella, taleggio, ricotta, prosciutto, black pepper honey
    $19.00
  • Countryman black truffle, fontina, soft farmed egg
    $19.00
  • Jersey Shore fried calamari, tomato, provolone, cherry pepper aioli
    $18.00
  • Build Your Own Pizza Choose your base: White or Red
    Starting At $12.00

From The Bar

Bloody Mary's

  • San Marzano Tomato sriracha, garlic, shallots, mozzarella, olive

Mimosas

  • Orange
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapefruit

Bottomless Brunch

  • Roasted Cauliflower romesco, mint, pecorino
  • Broccolini roasted red pepper relish, feta, walnuts
  • Soft Scramble tomato, scallion, provolone
  • Mortadella Benedict orange hollandaise, spinach, english muffin
  • Fried Chicken & Waffle dijon aioli, maple syrup, fried rosemary
  • Breakfast Pizzaccia tomato, mozzarella, crispy potato, breakfast sausage, poached egg
  • Breakfast Potatoes caramelized onions, peppers, tomato
  • French Toast Bites strawberries maple, bavarian cream
  • Cinnamon Knots bourbon glaze
  • Richitella Pizza nutella, bananas, strawberries, powdered sugar

From The Bar

  • Mimosas orange, pomegranate or grapefruit
  • Peroni

Lunch Menu

Antipasti

  • Broccolini red pepper relish, feta, walnuts
    $12.00
  • Crispy Potatoes balsamic, honey ricotta, pancetta
    $12.00
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts maple yogurt, pancetta vinaigrette, hardboiled egg
    $12.00
  • Roasted Cauliflower green garlic romesco, mint, charred snap peas, pecorino
    $11.00

Salad

  • Burrata Salad snap pea, scallion, carrot, fennel, breakfast radish, grapefruit vinaigrette
    $14.00
  • Tuscan Kale roasted squash, gala apple, hazelnut, brown butter vinaigrette
    $13.00
  • Caesar Salad cream cheese croutons, breadcrumbs, parmesan
    $12.00

Wood Oven

  • Roasted Chicken Thigh braised escarole, confit fingerling potatoes, chicken jus
    $15.00
  • Pork Belly green peaches, apples, cilantro, basil
    $16.00
  • Rock Fish corn, fava, garlic scapes, summer squash, pearl onions
    $16.00
  • Braised Octopus spiced beluga lentils, carrot, fennel salad
    $16.00
  • Lamb Shoulder acorn squash, celery root, pomegranate seed
    $19.00
  • Hanger Steak morels, chanterelles, pickled enoki, saba
    $18.00
  • Seared Scallops braised endive, red currant, basil aioli
    $16.00

Pasta

  • Spaghetti olive oil poached cherry tomatoes, basil, parmesan
    $14.00
  • Tagliatelle shortrib ragu, pecorino, parsley, chili flakes
    $16.00
  • Rigatoni Alla Vodka prosciutto, parmesan, chives
    $16.00
  • Potato Gnocchi pork ragu, whipped ricotta, crispy rosemary
    $16.00
  • Sweet Corn Agnolotti chanterelles, pine nuts, parmesan, chives
    $15.00
  • Mushroom Risotto maitake & oyster mushroom, parmesan crisp
    $15.00
  • Bucatini veal bolognese, almonds, sherry vinegar, pecorino
    $16.00
  • Aleppo Shells shrimp, bay scallops, clams, calamari, tomato
    $16.00
  • Tomato Cavatelli mint, pecorino, pine nuts
    $15.00

Panuozzo

  • Veggie maitake, artichoke, kalamata, taleggio, pickled red onion, red pepper relish
  • Soppressata & Pepperoni mozzarella, tomato, romaine, lemon vinaigrette, oregano
  • Prosciutto & Taleggio maitake, basil yogurt, romaine, lemon vinaigrette, oregano
  • Meatball mozzarella, romaine, lemon vinaigrette, oregano
  • Roasted Pork Shoulder fontina, salsa verde, romaine, lemon vinaigrette

Pizza

Graffiato Classics

  • American Pie tomato, mozzarella, basil
    $16.00
  • Porky's Revenge soppressata, pepperoni, sausage, tomato, mozzarella
    $19.00
  • Goodfellas meatball, tomato, provolone, chili flake
    $18.00
  • White House mozzarella, taleggio, ricotta, prosciutto, black pepper honey
    $19.00
  • Countryman black truffle, fontina, soft farmed egg
    $19.00
  • Jersey Shore fried calamari, tomato, provolone, cherry pepper aioli
    $18.00
  • Build Your Own Pizza Choose your base: White or Red
    Starting At $12.00

Happy Hour Menu

Booze

Cocktails

  • Happy Hour Punch seasonal ingredients, booze
  • Jungle Bird pyrat rum, pineapple, lime, aperol
  • Brown Derby dickel rye, grapefruit, honey

Wine

  • Prosecco
  • White or Red

Draft

  • Goose Island IPA, PA
  • Peroni, Italy

Bites

  • Olives citrus peel, chili
  • Caprese Salad fresh mozzarella, fresh jersey tomatoes, basil, balsamic
  • Crostini ricotta, fresh peach, speck
  • Meatballs marinara, pecorino, parsley
  • Crispy Potatoes balsamic, honey ricotta, pancetta
  • Calamari cherry pepper aioli, pepperoni sauce
  • Arancini risotto, seasonal ingredients
  • Fried Mozzarella arugula pesto, saba, chili flake
  • Polenta Fries rosemary, smoked garlic aioli
  • Stuffed Flatbread red pepper relish, kalamata olive, oregano

NFL Sunday Funday Happy Hour

Football Food

  • Baked Potatoes sour cream, cheddar, scallions, bacon
  • Chicken Wings spicy pepperoni sauce
  • Graffiato Fries meat gravy, mozzarella

Pony Beer Bucket

  • Mix & Match
  • Coronita, MX
  • Bud Light, MO
  • Budweiser, MO

707 6th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

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Details
  • 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