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Food Fight at Mio

By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 18, 2008 4:45 PM

FOOD FIGHT: After a mere seven months in the kitchen at Mio (1110 Vermont Ave. NW), Stefano Frigerio said Friday he's leaving the modern American restaurant following disagreements about service and operations with managing partner Manuel Iguina.

"I would love to stay in D.C.," said the 35-year-old chef, who came to Mio from the acclaimed Maestro in Tysons Corner.

"I'm doing everything possible to keep him," said Iguina, who calls their dispute "workable" and has enlisted the aid of a mediator to work out their differences. Despite positive reviews, the restaurant has not performed as well as he hoped, the restaurateur added.

Frigerio, on paternity leave until Monday, plans to remain at Mio for two weeks. Iguina said he hopes to change his chef's mind when he returns. That may be too late.

"I'm looking for a job today," said Frigerio.

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