• In his weekly chat, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema told readers about changes at Zola in DC’s Penn Quarter. Chef Bryan Moscatello launched a bar menu Monday with such dishes as braised-oxtail ravioli, seared orata with sunchoke tortelloni, and duck breast and duck leg confit with sage gnocchi and quince butter. There’s now a 32-seat tasting menu, and starting November 15 customers can get three- or five-course menus there. Also new is pastry chef Reggie Abalos, formerly of Zentan and Poste. Malia Milstead, who used to oversee the wine collection at Agora and the Source, is now in charge of the reds and whites at Zola. And the final word on the Italian restaurant: The bar has a new cocktail list.
• Prince of Petworth got a tip that Ping Pong Dim Sum, the London-based chain that set up shop in DC’s Chinatown earlier this year, is opening a second location at 1 Dupont Circle. The restaurant will roll out its fruity cocktails and steamed dumplings in the second quarter of next year.
• The New York invasion continues: Boqueria, a two-restaurant Spanish-tapas business there, is looking for spaces in DC, according to Eater. The New York-based food blog intercepted an e-mail to commercial real-estate brokers that said the owners want an “attractive, modern design built to generate the energy and ‘interactive’ experience of a true tapas bar.” New York magazine gave both locations its “critic’s pick” designation for such dishes as the tortilla española, paella, and bacon-wrapped dates—a signature José Andrés dish at Jaleo (we've got the recipe here).
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