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100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Fiola
No. 13 on this year's list.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Fiola turns oysters into a work of art, with lemon, basil, oyster granita, and smoked steelhead-salmon roe. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
100 Best Restaurants 2014 75 Great Bars (2013) 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012

Fiola
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-628-2888
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Expensive
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Prosciutto plate; oysters with lemon foam; chitarra with crab and sea urchin; lasagna for one; black sea bass with clam brodetto; grilled lamb for two; ricotta bombolini; zuppa inglese with lemon granita and mint.
Price Details: Starters $7 to $12, entrées $17 to $30.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Food Specials
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4PM- 6PM: Wine and food specials
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Look to one end of the dining room at Fabio Trabocchi’s Penn Quarter Italian restaurant and you’ll see cream leather banquettes overarched with gleaming midcentury-modern lamps. But turn your gaze to the other side and it will be met with a craggy stone wall that looks imported from a Tuscan farmhouse. The contrast between rustic and sleek extends to the kitchen, too.

Trabocchi, the area’s top Italian chef, is famous for his pastas, and he handles homey (a wonderful cacio e pepe on the bar menu) as deftly as he does delicate (his signature purses of lobster in a subtle ginger sauce). Entrées hover in the $40 range, but portions are big—most salads and starters seem sized to be shared, even if the servers don’t always tell you that. And there are good deals at lunch, when a three-course menu runs $28. 

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

Don’t miss: Burrata with beets and pesto; oysters with limoncello; Wagyu-beef tartare; seared foie gras with figs; tuna carpaccio with roasted tomatoes, yuzu, and lemon; pappardelle with wild-boar ragu; spaghetti with prawns and sea urchin; ricotta doughnuts; cream-filled brioche with burnt-honey gelato. 

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