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Mike Isabella’s Graffiato to open Thursday

Mike Isabella, right, and general manager James Horn, toast Graffiato's opening with a glass of Prosecco, which will be available on tap. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Graffiato, his Italian-inspired operation with small plates and pizza and pasta, will officially open at 5 p.m. on Thursday at 707 6th St. NW in Chinatown.

“We signed the lease for Graffiato 11 months ago and on Thursday the dream becomes a reality. I can’t wait for Washington to taste my food,” Isabella wrote in a statement for All We Can Eat. “It’s like nothing else you can find in this city.”

Isabella, left, and sous chef Elliot Drew worry over a forthcoming pasta dish on the Graffiato menu. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

I guess the Chinese alphabet doesn’t have characters for “Italian-inspired”?

Relax, that’s a joke! Whatever he wants to call his cuisine, Isabella and executive sous chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley and sous chef Elliot Drew were painstakingly training the kitchen crew last week and fine-tuning dishes on the menu. What will be on the menu? Good question. Here are all three of Graffiato’s menus:

Dinner menu

Specials and desserts menu

Beverage menu

Unlike Zaytinya, where he was stuck back in the kitchen, Isabella will be front and center at Graffiato, finishing pies that come out of his 700-degree-plus Wood Stone oven. That’s the way he likes it. Isabella plans, he says, to log 14-17 hours a day at Graffiato.

You can make a reservation to Graffiato by calling 202-289-3600.

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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