Out of the Bucket

I was thinking about my DC Bucket list.  Full disclosure, there are all sorts of things I’d like to do in this wonderful city, but I can’t say I actually have a list.

I’m hoping to pull a few good ideas out the bucket this week and next to explore some new ‘hoods along with some old favorites.  One of the things I like best about our Capital is how different each neighborhood feels.  I’ve lived in the metro area for four years now and have had the pleasure of getting a “new DC life” each time I’ve moved or changed jobs.  Living or working in a new area is the best way to get to know the city.  Since I can’t possibly live everywhere, it’s time to go on a day trip to another part of the city and lose track of time for a while.

This week, it’s No Time O’Clock in China Town and Penn Quarter!

The bustle and throng of China Town and Penn Quarter is exciting and fun with its diverse mix of restaurants, theaters, tourists, museums and federal buildings.

China Town Arch – Photo compliments of livinginwashingtondc.com

There are two places I LOVE in this neighborhood — one on either side of the Verizon Center, around which this neighborhood is centered.  The the first has great food, the second has great wine.  Walk between and around the two and you’re bound to check off a few items on your bucket list, too!

1. Graffiato

Chef Mike Isabella cutting hand-made pasta raviolli

Graffiato is located in Penn Quarter at
707 6th St NW Map.7b3d4bf
Washington, DC 20001

Chef Isabella is truly gifted.  I consider myself a real snob when it come to anything Italian (I blame my family heritage as well as the year and half I spent living in Italy’s gastronomic capital city, Bologna).  The food here is fantastic, the open kitchen is great to watch and the wood fires in the huge pizza oven are always hot.  They’ve also got a good little wine and beer list that changes regularly.  If you’ve not been, you’ll want to make a date with Graffiato.

Tune in next week for my second recommendation especially for wine and let me know what you think about Graffiato.


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