Photos by Tony Brown
Eat your way through chef and restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi’s dining empire
There is a distinct thread that underlies all four of Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s restaurants – a cohesion governed by unfaltering commitment to quality. Constantly changing menus signify their dedication to the freshest seasonal ingredients and, even at less costly iterations, thoughtful preparations and photogenic presentations draw on Fabio’s fine dining background.“Each restaurant tells a story about who we are and where we come from,” he says,“They must have a soul, and that soul comes from the real story of our lives and cultural heritage.” STAY TUNED:Come October the Trabocchis’ roster will expand to the new Wharf development with Spanish seafood eatery Del Mar (“of the sea” and Maria’s middle name) that pays homage to her Mallorcan roots.
FIOLA MARE 3050 K St NW | (202) 628-0065 | antipasti $20-$36
The Georgetown waterfront gem draws an A-list crowd looking to get a seafood fix while enjoying views of the Potomac River. Nautical finishes and an extensive outdoor patio space are underlaid by Mediterranean sensibilities. Meticulously plated dishes of superb sustainable seafood comprise a changing menu that gives nod to the Italian coastal communities where Fabio trained.
SFOGLINA 4445 Connecticut Ave NW | (202) 450-1312 | pasta $22-$25
The Trabocchis’ latest venture pronounced [sfoal-YEE-nah], named after Italian female artisans who have preserved the tradition of hand rolling and shaping pasta, has breathed new life into the Van Ness neighbor- hood. Well portioned bowls of differing noodle varieties offer upscale and creative riffs on classics like cheese tortellini (Above).
FIOLA 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW | (202) 628-2888 | 3, 4 and 5 course menus $95-$135
The first of the Trabocchi eateries serves elevated Italian fare via prix-fixe menus with an impressive wine list to match. Newly-appointed chef Ed Scarpone (an alumnus of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire) brought along a covetable Rolodex including Japanese cattle ranchers whose beef is so prized that each cut of meat comes with the cow’s birth certificate.
CASA LUCA 1099 New York Ave NW | (202) 628.1099 | dessert $8-$12
Named after Maria and Fabio’s son Luca, the Penn Quarter osteria emphasizes the family values at the core of the Trabocchis’ DNA. Rustic Italian, Spanish and American favorites inspired by the family’s personal cooking traditions make up the well-rounded menu. Shareable entrees ensure a supreme communal dining experience.