Top Chef Season 6 contestant Mike Isabella's restaurant serves Mediterranean and Latin-inspired Italian cuisine. The menu frequently changes based on seasonal produce. Most dishes are tapas, or small plates style, with a few large plates here and there.
Jing and I may have just ordered the wrong things, but we didn't have the best experience here. Luckily we had just come from happy hour at Urbana, or we would have either left hungry, or spent a good amount of money on trying to get full.
On the ground level of the two-story restaurant, there are 2 separate bar areas and plenty of booth seating.
Smoked Beets w/ sheep's milk ricotta & pickled orange, $7: The bright colors of the beets was fun to look at, and the strong smoky flavor brought a great dynamic to the naturally sweet beets. Decent, but as I mentioned earlier, be prepared for the really tiny portion size.
Roasted Cauliflower w/ pecorino & mint, $7: A great dish, but really, something so easy to prepare at home. When I visit a restaurant, it's usually because I want to discover new flavors, be inspired by special twists on common foods, or enjoy something too complex or time-consuming to make myself. While pleasant, this dish fell into none of the categories above.
After skimming through Yelp and Foursquare tips for Graffiato, Jing and I decided to add in an order of flatbread with pepperoni sauce. It was mentioned over 100 times in Yelp reviews after all. This was incredibly disappointing. The flatbread did have a nice char to it, but it was severely lacking in flavor (I usually run from sodium, but in this situation, it would've been greatly welcome). The "pepperoni sauce" tasted like tomato marinara, and I'm not sure if it's prepared with pepperoni, or why it is named the way it is, but either way, it's misleading.
Flatbread w/ pepperoni sauce, $5.
707 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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