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.”
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:
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.