100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bibiana
Restaurants On the Rise
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Chef Nick Stefanelli's hay-smoked sweet breads. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Bibiana
Address: 1100 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-216-9550
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Monday through Wednesday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 10:30; Thursday and Friday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 11; Saturday 5:30 to 11
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Chicken-liver mousse on toast; burrata salad; oysters with lemon emulsion; veal meatballs with marinara; black spaghetti with crab; pizza with lardo and a runny egg; braised veal cheeks with polenta, mushrooms, and hazelnuts; squab with peaches; fried ar
Price Details: Starters $3 to $18, entrées $16 to $34.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Scene:
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating

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There are other places to go to seal a deal, but we haven't met one that better blends sophistication with culinary finesse.

The leather-brown walls and chandeliers may seem garish in the light of day, but when the place is jumping and the bar is two-deep, it's an enticing swirl of activity--great for people-watching and celeb-spotting. The well-drilled staff knows how to pace the show. Nicholas Stefanelli poaches from both northern and southern Italian cultures to construct a boldly flavored cuisine that embraces tradition as well as modernity.

What to get: Sicilian-style grilled sardines; smoked veal sweetbreads; black spaghetti with crab; sea bass with Sicilian salmoniglio; smoked gnocchi; ravioli with tuna confit, white beans, and shrimp; chocolate-and-hazelnut crema; tiramisu; cannoli.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.

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