Image: Frank Sinatra in High Society (1956)
This week we added, we subtracted, we multiplied the people that like orange wine and we divided past from present at a new Italian spot in an old Italian spot spot.
Updates to the Recommended Restaurant List:
Gravitas – This post-industrial, New American Ivy City spot is aiming for something special. We think it hits the mark.
Modena – The restaurant formerly known as Bibiana is re-incarnated under the hands of Chef John Melfi. So far, so good.
Dino’s Grotto – we said we removed it last week, but we let it hang out for a few extra days until the final night.
Iron Gate – This Dupont location has a great bar for hanging out, a romantic patio for dining, and a warm dining room for year-round meals. The food is on par with the setting, and pastas shine. It is worth paying for the cab to get there. Or as the young-uns say, “Uber.”
Inspired by the orange wine controversy of last week, we re-visited the argument and posted a picture of the earthenware casks used to make the amber wine in Georgia. Yesterday while shopping, a woman came into a wine store and asked for orange wine. I felt a wave of victory.
A very tone-deaf owner is behind a year-round, Halloween-themed bar on H Street. Chelsea Cirruzzo in the DCist reported it with a light touch. She noted that it is a tourist-trap concept. Gabe Hiatt unloaded at Eater with the headline, “Guy Who Knows Nothing About D.C. Nightlife Opens a Year-Round Halloween Bar in D.C.” Barred in DC delivered a coup de grace.
Tom Sietsema came to the rescue of Wolfgang Puck’s new steakhouse. He hit all the right press release notes: Puck isn’t just “mailing it in,” the chef in charge is “a Puck protege whose 12-year tenure with the master most recently found him at the Cut in New York,” and it is a steakhouse that is not a steakhouse. Hard to overlook the steakhouse intent with a name like CUT (I guess Side of Spinach didn’t market test well). Tierney Plumb noticed the alacrity with with Tom managed to squeeze in three trips in just over a month to do a full review and deliver a 2.5 rating. Thank goodness someone will defend a celebrity chef steakhouse in D.C.
We sadly note that we still don’t qualify as a blog to be cited in the Eater DC roundups. Maybe one day we can be as cool as BYT.