We were excited to help DC welcome the newest upscale dining scene, RPM Italian (601 Mass. Ave., NW) earlier this week. Based on the glamorous people, sleek decor, and approachable, but indulgent cuisine at the opening party Monday night, this is sure to be a popular spot for the power crowd and local scenesters. From celebrity owners Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Doug Psaltis, RPM Italian DC is open for reservations starting today.
You can find RPM Italian’s menu here.
The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is this weekend running both Saturday (June 25) and Sunday (June 26) on Pennsylvania Ave NW between 9th and 14th St NW. Saturday’s festivities run 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday’s from 11 am to 7:30 pm.
From a food perspective, BBQ teams are competing for the best BBQ and $40K in prize money, multiple food vendors will have booths set up, and lots of cooking demonstrations will be ongoing. From a music perspective, there will be two stages featuring 30 bands – EU will cap off the 12th St stage and Marcus Johnson will cap off the 14th St stage. The event map gives a good overall perspective.
Lastly, no food oriented event is complete without Oscar Meyer’s Weinermobile…that will be present too.
At the busy corner of 7th and F Sts. NW (next to Rosa Mexicano), we recently noticed some possibly new signs acknowledging civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell. Be sure to take notice next time you’re in the area of the building named in her honor, Terrell Place.
We wanted to do some due diligence before writing this post but Amorini Panini at 906 F Street NW is closed, the Douglas Development “For Lease” signs going up in the window lending finality to that conclusion. Amorini opened in late September of 2010, expanded to a food truck, and then to another location on 18th St near the World Bank. All locations are now closed, the website is blank, and the Facebook pages is gone.
We’ve reached out by e-mail to our last known contacts at Amorini but no word back. We thought they made a good panini.