His passion for surf is inspiring his next restaurant, the 7,500 square foot Fiola Mare, which Trabocchi hopes to launch in Washington Harbour at 3050 K St. NW in fall 2013. Fingers crossed: The chef signed a letter of intent with the landlord, MidAtlantic Realty Partners , two weeks ago.
The marine location appeals to the chef — who grew up near the Adriatic Sea in the Le Marche region of Italy — on several levels. “I love the fact you can look at the water” from the dining room, which also counts a park as a neighbor.
The Georgetown-based architecture firm HapstakDemetriou has been hired to design the Potomac-facing space. The coastal Mediterranean-themed restaurant is expected to seat at least 140 diners inside and 80 more on an outdoor patio. Additional lures include an open kitchen, a raw bar and a seafood counter where patrons can select their own fish and seafood.
The chef says he will divide his time between his two restaurants and hire a chef de cuisine to anchor Fiola Mare. (Yes, that’s a help wanted advertisement.)
Trabocchi is wasting no time moving forward on the project. He’s already begun testing recipes for Fiola Mare at the mothership and plans a road trip to Maine next week to meet his lobster, oyster and other purveyors.
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