100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Graffiato
Fried calamari, tomato, provolone, and cherry pepper aioli top the Jersey Shore pizza Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Graffiato
Address: 707 Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-289-3600
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Recommended

Mike Isabella, with his brash, Top Chef-branded “Jersey Mike” persona and pizza-cutter tattoo, isn’t the likeliest candidate for getting veggie-haters to eat their Brussels sprouts. But his roasted, maple-sauced beauties set atop a slick of Greek yogurt could make converts of even the most skeptical. So, too, a dish of roasted cauliflower with pecorino and mint or of beets with ricotta and orange.

Round out the array of sharable plates at this thunderously loud Italian joint in the shadow of the Verizon Center with rich pastas and heftier meat dishes. And of course, true to Isabella’s tattoo, the thin, Jersey-style pizza is really good, too. Don’t miss: Flatbread with pepperoni sauce; crispy potatoes with lemon and Parmesan; chestnut risotto with Taleggio; Jersey Shore pizza with fried calamari and cherry-pepper a├»oli; chocolate panna cotta. Open: Daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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