Galileo closed in late 2006 for a building renovation but never reopened in its 21st Street, Northwest, location. Bebo, Donna’s more casual Crystal City trattoria, shuttered earlier this month. If Donna’s performance at the festival this weekend is any indication, he still has the stuff diners (and Iron Chef America judges) first fell in love with. For a wine dinner held at the Inn at Perry Cabin in conjunction with the festival, he kicked things off with hand-cut pasta ribbons with morels, speck, and a knockout sauce. Despite being followed by some very successful dishes from other big-name Washington chefs—including Todd Gray of Equinox and Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck, and Brabo—his creation was the clear favorite at our table.
Donna says he expects to offer Laboratorio, his multi-course dining extravaganza inside Galileo, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.More>> Best Bites Blog | Food & Dining | Restaurant Finder