It’s been quite a week for Washington dining and drinking
Sadly there’s not a single DC eatery among the top 15 (Bon Appétit disagrees),
but one well-known face made the list:
Roberto Donna, who clinched Chef of the Year
for his recent reemergence at Al
(formerly La Forchetta) in Upper Northwest.
John Mariani notes in his
that Donna, “despite being one of America’s greatest chefs . . .
had a habit of leaving
restaurants before the paint dried.” There’s no mention of why
Donna departed said
perhaps?), among them the original
that put him—and high-end Italian food in Washington—on the
Al Dente is the official new era that Donna has been striving
for. Mariana marvels
that “he’s cooking his pants off, serving dishes so deceptively
simple they seem like
sleight of hand.”
Check out the issue when it hits on the stands on October 16 for a “classic” recipe
from the Italian toque.