NYC Chefs coming to DC

Scarpetta NYC Main Dining Room

Scarpetta NYC Main Dining Room

Everyone talks about how great the New York City dining scene is … but if NYC is so great, why do so many NY chefs come to DC to open restaurants? Perhaps we are the boutique dining scene. DC must offer something unique … I’d like to think that its us foodies, of course. We would rather go broke than not go to the hottest restaurants in town.

I was really sad when I heard that Todd English’s Olives at 16th & K Streets, NW closed. Fondly, I can remember having the best chicken breast with polenta of my life during restaurant week in February. I guess to go along with Italian tradition, they’re going to “Keep it in the family” (in my best Godfather voice). Papadopoulos Properties finalized a deal with Chef Scott Conant of acclaimed NYC Italian restaurant, Scarpetta, (“little shoe”) located in the rendy meat-packing district. Their DC location will open in the former Olives space at 1600 K Street, NW.

Another notable Italian restaurant, Carmine’s, NYC’s Times Square landmark, has signed a lease to open on 7th Street in Penn Quarter in the first quarter of 2010. It will be a big space – 20,000 square feet – and at the kitchen helm, Terry Natas, formerly of Virgil’s in Hell’s Kitchen. So what ever happens to the Chefs when a restaurant closes? Well … in this case, formerly of Olives, Steve Mannino will take the reins at the much-talked-about Rustico in Alexandria, after Frank Morales’ abrupt departure. In addition, Mannino will also oversee a second Rustico restaurant slated to open in Ballston on Wilson Blvd. Similar to the current Slater Lane location in Alexandria, it will also have a Buzz Bakery adjacent to it.

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One Response

  1. If Rustico and Buzz come to Ballston, I will be SO happy

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