We briefly popped our heads into Graffiato (707 6th St NW) yesterday evening and confirmed that they are opening tomorrow evening, June 23, for dinner service to the public. We’ve seen this building transformed from a specialty printer shop that rarely saw anyone going in and out to a delightfully restored restaurant front with large plate glass windows allowing for long sight lines into the space. More patrons on 6th Street will undoubtedly spruce up this part of Penn Quarter which is much less traveled than 7th Street. Verizon Center fans will no doubt be happy to have an Italian dining option across the street from the Phone Booth too. This is Chef Mike Isabella’s Italian entry into the DC restaurant scene and as the former executive chef of the Penn Quarter’s Zaytinya, he undoubtedly knows the neighborhood well.
Selected bits from the press release include:
…no-frills two-story eatery, composed of bricks, cinder blocks, wooden booths and teak composite countertops…
…Artisanal pizzas, house-made seasonal vegetable dishes, locally procured meats and cheeses and Italian-inspired small plates comprise the menu, which is sourced almost entirely from the East Coast…
…Graffiato offers a large local selection of wine, beer and spirits. Beers from DC Brau Brewing, Flying Dog Brewing and Port City Brewing represent The District, Maryland and Virginia. The mostly domestic wine list features selections from California, Idaho, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
…two-story 5,000-square-foot space with industrial finishings. The steel-covered wood oven is the centerpiece of the first floor, surrounded by a cinder-block bar and chairs for a dozen guests to dine while interacting with Chef Isabella and his pizzaiolos. Concrete floors, original exposed brick and barn lights bring an outdoor feel inside. Wooden tables…wooden booths…
The second floor seats about 100, including a ham bar with a table-height wooden counter for seven guests. Cured meats and fresh-stretched mozzarella are prepared at this station.
If you need more media goodness, DCist and the Washington CityPaper have preliminary reviews to peruse. We’ll be checking out the scene in short order to welcome another Italian eating option to the area.
Ed. Note: WaPo posted this story on Chef Mike Isabella today.
707 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday – Tuesday: 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. for kitchen, 12:00 a.m. for bar and pizza oven
Wednesday – Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. for kitchen, 1:00 a.m. for bar and pizza oven
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 – 12:00 p.m. for kitchen, 2:00 a.m. for bar and pizza oven
(Lunch service will begin in a few weeks)