Spotted: Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett Dine at Fiola Mare

Ladies’ night out for the First Lady.
Fiola Mare’s nautically elegant dining room attracts a high number of A-listers. Photograph by Andrew Propp.
Fiola Mare’s nautically elegant dining room attracts a high number of A-listers. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

The dining options of First Lady Michelle Obama and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are a good bellwether of the city’s hot restaurants. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama and Jarrett stopped in for dinner at the new Italian waterfront seafood restaurant, Fiola Mare, created by Fiola owners Fabio and Maria Trabocchi. They were with three other friends, calling it a “girls’ night out,” according to a tipster.

Jarrett had visited the restaurant before, which is sometimes a clue that one or both of the Obamas will soon follow. But she’s not the only administration official to try out the pasta, grilled fish, crudo, and other delicacies of the month-old restaurant. National security adviser Susan Rice had dinner there with her husband, and Aerosmith rocker Steve Tyler brought in a large group for dinner. The First Lady and her entourage sat at the same VIP table.

Fiola Mare’s perch on the edge of the Potomac River makes it an obvious warm-weather destination. The spot has been filling up recently, even despite cold weather. When temperatures get warmer, expect the restaurant to get even hotter, too.

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