Bibiana is back after a temporary shutter over the holidays. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj briefly closed his eight year-old Italian restaurant in Penn Quarter for a new start—both in the look and kitchen. Executive chef Loris Navone is now at the helm, while London-based designer Harry Gregory gave the modish space a “fun, Milan feel.”
Navone comes to DC from Miami’s Casa Tua restaurant, an atmospheric Italian spot in South Beach. His new menu includes a variety of antipasti (like house-cured swordfish crudo with salsa verde) and an emphasis on fresh pastas such as chitarra spaghetti with roasted artichokes and lobster, or a wintery agnolotti with foie gras, duck paté, pomegranate, and braised leeks. Look for new meat and fish entrees in the coming weeks.
Deal-seekers looking to get a taste should head to the bar/lounge area. A new $12 all-day food menu includes rustic bowls like polenta with meatballs or pork ragu (or you can make it a $20 meal with a glass of wine and espresso).
Bibiana. 1100 New York Ave., NW.