100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 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: Open Monday through Sunday 1:30 AM to 5 PM, Sunday through Tuesday 5 PM to 11 PM, and Wednesday through Saturday 5 PM to Midnight. *Kitchen closes at 11 PM *The bar and pizza oven are open late night after the kitchen closes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Recommended
Special Features:
Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Party Space

Top Chef alum Mike Isabella’s restaurant behind the Verizon Center is Italian-American, but a typical red-sauce joint it’s not. In the mood for calamari? You’ll find the fried rings on an excellent pizza zigzagged with spicy a├»oli. Pepperoni is refashioned into a zesty sauce served with flatbread. And a Caesar salad stands out thanks to cream-cheese croutons. Some of Isabella’s best plates revolve around vegetables—lemony roasted cauliflower with pecorino or crispy Brussels sprouts glazed with maple syrup and served atop Greek yogurt. One of our favorite pastas also eschews meat: a simple spaghetti done up with sweet cherry tomatoes and basil. The two-level dining room is clanging and chaotic, and service tends to be rushed. In other words, the place is great for a pre-concert dinner, not so much for an intimate date or leisurely catchup.

Open: Daily for lunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce; Countryman pizza, with black truffle and an egg; White House pizza, with three cheeses, prosciutto, and honey; Chinatown ribs; compressed Asian pear with yuzu.

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