Great New Restaurants 2010: Bibiana

25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever

Orange walls and spiky metallic globes make the dining room glow at this Italian hot spot. But the kitchen turns out such homey dishes as a fluffy meatball atop creamy polenta and a subtle mound of ricotta splashed with honey, toasted almonds, and chives. Don’t miss Douglas Hernandez’s inspired dessert menu, which has included a beautiful fruit-and-basil soup and a hazelnut-studded semifreddo. Also worthwhile are the digestivi: The house-made after-dinner liqueurs are reasonably priced for sampling, come in such intriguing flavors as fennel-lemon, coffee, and walnut, and are an authentically Italian way to end a meal.

Don’t miss: Chicken-liver crostini; burrata salad; black spaghetti with sweet crab; squab with peaches; side of cauliflower with garlic and anchovies.

For a full review of Bibiana, click here.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.