100 Very Best Restaurants: – Fiola

Bucatini with Prawns and Sea Urchin.

About Fiola

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s elegant Italian flagship has evolved over 12 years—and it’s at the top of its game. A 2021 update brought a retro-­glam vibe to the Penn Quarter space. Calabrian chef Antonio Mermolia seamlessly melds forward-­thinking touches—“winter soil” hiding wild mushrooms—with Old World decadence (cue the truffle box, presented with white gloves, or the sumptuous oyster-and-caviar pasta). There are two prix fixe menus, though you’ll find similar pleasures—such as dry-aged branzino encrusted in caviar and swimming in buttery citrus sauce—if you go à la carte. Very expensive.