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Graffiato at ZooFari on May 17

May 8, 2012

Graffiato joins more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants as a proud partner of the National Zoo’s annual fundraiser, ZooFari. The event features gourmet food and wine tastings, entertainment, animal demonstrations, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Zoo’s conservation, research, and education program. Additionally, Mike Isabella and other acclaimed chefs will judge the Sweet Eats Challenge, a zoo-themed cake decorating contest.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

More Information/Tickets: fonz.org/zoofari.htm.

Graffiato nominated as best new restaurant of the year

April 12, 2012

Graffiato is honored to be one of five new restaurants nominated as best new restaurant of the year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

EXCLUSIVE ROSÉ 2011 RELEASE AT GRAFFIATO

March 13, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, Boxwood Estate Winery of Middleburg, VA will release its Rosé 2011. Graffiato will be the first and only restaurant in D.C. to carry the new vintage through April 7.

Join us for a complimentary glass of Rosé from 12-2pm on March 31, and stay for lunch to enjoy several dishes Chef Isabella created to pair with the wine, including:

  • SCALLOP CAPONATA  $16
    eggplant, zucchini, basil
  • CRUDO OF HAMACHI  $10
    sofrito, roasted tomatoes
  • SAFFRON SPAGHETTI  $12
    clams, chili

Advance reservations are recommended, but not required as Rosé will be available to all guests 21 and over at the first floor bar and in the main dining room.

Graffiato Participates in Cochon Chef’s Course

December 8, 2011

Mike Isabella joins chefs across the country participating in national culinary competition Cochon 555’s new dining incentive program for 2012, “Cochon Chef’s Course,” to reward those supporting local agriculture. The Cochon Chef’s card will give members added benefits at more than 60 restaurants and partners nationwide, in addition to pre-sale and advance access for Cochon events. Graffiato will offer a complimentary, chef-prepared tasting course exclusively to card holders.

The Chef’s Course card is available now at cochon555.com for $50, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

 

Share Our Strength Fundraiser at Graffiato

December 6, 2011

Join us for a holiday happy hour to help fight childhood hunger in America. Guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine, draft beer or signature punch and a selection of small bites, and a portion of ticket sales will directly benefit Share Our Strength.

When: Monday, December 12, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Tickets: Available in advance online and at the door for $25

We hope to see you there!

CityEats Gratis Graffiato Dinner – Enter to Win!

December 5, 2011

Reserve a table through CityEats and enter to win a free dinner at Graffiato!

Details: From December 5 – 9, CityEats is giving away dinner for two at Graffiato – that’s five complimentary dinners in total. To qualify, guests must use CityEats to make a party of two reservation for any time in the next 30 days. CityEats then chooses and notifies one winner each day this week. Reserve your table now!

*The complimentary dinner is good for up to $250.

Graffiato Partners with CityEats Exclusively for Online Reservations

November 16, 2011


GRAFFIATO WINS “BEST NEW RESTAURANT” IN EXPRESS NIGHT OUT’S 2011 READER POLL

October 20, 2011

We’re thrilled that Graffiato has won “Best New Restaurant” in Express Night Out‘s Best of 2011 reader poll. A huge thanks to everyone who voted!

Graffiato & Chef Isabella in Express Night Out “Best Of” Contest

September 16, 2011

We’re super-pleased to say that Graffiato has two nominations in Express Night Out‘s 2011 “Best Of” contest: Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Owned by a “Top Chef” Contestant. Even better, Chef Mike Isabella is up for Best Chef! Help us secure the trifecta: vote early, vote often!

Chef Mike Isabella to Play in Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Game this Sunday, Sept. 4th

August 31, 2011

Chef Mike Isabella will join a team of DC-area celebrities to take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team this Sunday, September 4th, immediately following the 1:35 pm Nationals game against the Mets! The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is composed of veterans and active duty military members from across the United States who have suffered leg, foot or arm amputations while serving our country.

Purchase your tickets today to the Nationals-Mets game and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball game through this special ticket link: nationals.com/woundedwarriorsoftball. For each $20 ticket purchased through this link, $5 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

Mike is excited to support this worthy cause, and hopes to see you all there!

 

Images from Dinner with Chef Mike Isabella at the James Beard House

August 29, 2011

Just two months after opening Graffiato, Chef Isabella puts some creative twists on his casual Italian-inspired cuisine with a five-course fine dining menu at the James Beard House.

Graffiato - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Graffiato - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Graffiato Team - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Graffiato Team - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Cured Ham and Eggs > Panini Crisps with Culatello, Osetra Caviar, and Lardo–Sea Urchin Butter - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Cured Ham and Eggs > Panini Crisps with Culatello, Osetra Caviar, and Lardo–Sea Urchin Butter - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Watermelon Skewers with Cucumber, Tomato, Relish, Ricotta Salata, and Borage - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Watermelon Skewers with Cucumber, Tomato, Relish, Ricotta Salata, and Borage - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Zeppole with Strawberry Sugar and Chocolate–Balsamic Sauce - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Zeppole with Strawberry Sugar and Chocolate–Balsamic Sauce - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Roasted Hanger Steak with Corn Polenta, Heirloom Tomato, Sea Beans, and Saba - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Roasted Hanger Steak with Corn Polenta, Heirloom Tomato, Sea Beans, and Saba - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Warm Tondini Beans with Smoked Razor Clams, Charred Octopus, Crispy Squid, and Ink Toast - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Warm Tondini Beans with Smoked Razor Clams, Charred Octopus, Crispy Squid, and Ink Toast - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Chef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Chef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Duck Cannelloni with Chanterelles, Hazelnut, and Duck Egg Sabayon - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Duck Cannelloni with Chanterelles, Hazelnut, and Duck Egg Sabayon - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Veal Sweetbread Tortellini with Country Ham Brodo, Sorrel, and Crouton - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Veal Sweetbread Tortellini with Country Ham Brodo, Sorrel, and Crouton - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Branzino Tartare with Fennel, Radishes, and Chilies - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Branzino Tartare with Fennel, Radishes, and Chilies - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Arancini with Rice Beans, Braised Bacon, and Aged Gouda - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Arancini with Rice Beans, Braised Bacon, and Aged Gouda - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Chef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Chef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Graffiato - Photo by Geoff MottramGraffiato Team - Photo by Geoff MottramCured Ham and Eggs > Panini Crisps with Culatello, Osetra Caviar, and Lardo–Sea Urchin Butter - Photo by Geoff MottramWatermelon Skewers with Cucumber, Tomato, Relish, Ricotta Salata, and Borage - Photo by Geoff MottramZeppole with Strawberry Sugar and Chocolate–Balsamic Sauce - Photo by Geoff MottramRoasted Hanger Steak with Corn Polenta, Heirloom Tomato, Sea Beans, and Saba - Photo by Geoff MottramWarm Tondini Beans with Smoked Razor Clams, Charred Octopus, Crispy Squid, and Ink Toast - Photo by Geoff MottramChef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff MottramDuck Cannelloni with Chanterelles, Hazelnut, and Duck Egg Sabayon - Photo by Geoff MottramVeal Sweetbread Tortellini with Country Ham Brodo, Sorrel, and Crouton - Photo by Geoff MottramBranzino Tartare with Fennel, Radishes, and Chilies - Photo by Geoff MottramArancini with Rice Beans, Braised Bacon, and Aged Gouda - Photo by Geoff MottramChef Mike Isabella - Photo by Geoff Mottram

Photos by Geoff Mottram

Images from Chef Isabella’s “Oven-Warming” Party

July 19, 2011

Keep your eyes peeled for Top Chef‘s Jen Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, Kevin Sbraga, Dale Talde, Carla Hall, and Stephen Asprinio as well as local D.C. chefs and food writers.

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

Chef Mike Isabella's Oven Warming Party - Photo by Pablo de Loy

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All photos by Pablo de Loy — www.deloyartzphoto.com

WRQX 107.3’s Alyson Jacobs Raves About Graffiato

July 8, 2011

How good is the food at Graffiato? Alyson Jacobs at WRQX 107.3, apparently not a meat eater, had — and loved! — our wood oven-cooked Bone Marrow dish. And, of course, the Prosecco on tap.

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Washingtonian’s Todd Kliman Visits Graffiato

June 28, 2011

… and had the nicest things to say about us in his online chat today: “knockout” food, “deceptively detailed and boldly flavored dishes,” and more. We couldn’t ask for a better start out of the gate! Thanks, Todd!

Mike Isabella Competes On Top Chef All-Stars Finale

March 28, 2011

Thanks to all the loyal fans who have watched Chef Isabella compete on Top Chef All-Stars. Please tune in to Bravo at 10:00 pm on Wednesday to watch the finale and learn who will be crowned Top Chef.

Chef Isabella is also scheduled for some national morning show appearances. On Wednesday morning, see him on NBC’s TODAY at 8:50 am.

Photo Credit: Bravo Top Chef

Graffiato Hard Hat Tour

March 21, 2011

Last week, Chef Mike gave The Feast’s Rachel Tepper a tour of Graffiato-in-progress.

View more videos at: http://www.thefeast.com.

Posted in: Restaurant

Graffiato Construction Progress

March 16, 2011

The first and second floors are framed and now it’s on to plumbing. Stay tuned for more construction progress photos and an opening date in late Spring.

Posted in: Construction, Restaurant

See Chef Mike at Yankee Stadium on March 28

February 24, 2011

Calling all NY fans! Monday, March 28 is your chance to meet Chef Mike and enjoy a 5-course dinner at Yankee Stadium. Fellow Top Chef All-Star Contestant, Jennifer Carroll, will be among the talent participating in The Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

Tickets and information available online.

Posted in: Restaurant

Where to Find Chef Isabella and His Italian-Inspired Cuisine

February 1, 2011

Graffiato is still under construction, but the culinary drought we’ve all been experiencing without Mike Isabella’s creations is about to end. In February, there are four opportunities to taste and see what Chef is working on for Graffiato.

February 12 – International Wine & Food Festival
Catch Mike’s live demo on how to prepare spiced beets, chocolate and fresh-made ricotta. Then linger to sample the dish.

February 14 – Cuisine Contra
Spend Valentine’s Day with the Chef you love most at a fun event combining food, drink, art and music. The location is a surprise, but the chance to win roundtrip airfare to Paris is not!

February 17 – Italian Inspiration: An Evening with Chef Mike Isabella at Boffi Georgetown
The American Institute of Wine & Food hosts a reception with Chef at the dapper and contemporary Boffi Georgetown showroom. Sample Graffiato-inspired snacks and local Virginia wines. Tickets available to non-AIWF members. E-mail Carolyn Margolis for tickets and information by February 14.

February 20 – No. 68 Project – a discourse in dining
No. 68 Project is a series of unique dining experiences combining playful chef-driven cuisine with talented artists’ installations for an intimate group of diners to explore and discuss throughout the evening. Chef Isabella kicks off the series on Sunday, February 20. See the No. 68 Project Web site for more info and an exclusive invitation.