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Graffiato

Graffiato

Italian Restaurant and Pizza Place$$$$
Chinatown, Washington
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  • Roanne C.
    "Of course the Jersey Shore Pizza is off the hook as well!!"(15 Tips)
    Ryan S.
    "White House pizza is seriously one of the best pizzas"(7 Tips)
    John T.
    "The Sweet Corn Agnolotti is one of the best dishes I've had, period."(7 Tips)
    Traci D.
    "... Small plates. Get the prosecco on tap, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, and..."(6 Tips)
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  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 20, 2013
    The second floor features a ham bar (yes, a ham bar) with six seats that face the kitchen where staff prepare an assortment of hams, including speck, culatello and prosciutto. Via CityEats.com Read more
  • Kerry
    KerryJanuary 28, 2015
    Can't come here without getting the flatbread with pepperoni sauce. But I am in love with the gnocchi with pork ragu and whipped ricotta. Coupla local beers. Just stay away from the bathrooms - yuck!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 16, 2014
    Mike Isabella's first venture on his own has several iconic dishes, including corn agnolotti and pepperoni sauce. The restaurant features small plates, pizzas and Prosecco on tap. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaSeptember 30, 2016
    This place was incredible. Hands down the best pizza I've had in DC. The White House pizza was incredible, as was the lamb with squash and pomegranate seeds, and the gnocchi with pork ragu was A+.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 14, 2013
    Get the brussel sprouts. A mound of crackling, nearly blackened Brussels sprouts is served on a plate of yogurt and tossed in a maple syrup and pancetta dressing. A hard-boiled egg tops it off. Read more
  • Krystina
    KrystinaMay 2, 2013
    If you can get Kate as a server, she's awesome. Studying to be a sommelier, she's great at the "I want X, Y, Z. Order for me" game. We had such good cocktails, wine, entrees, & desserts.
  • Becky H.
    Becky HeyseSeptember 20, 2014
    All the hype over the pepperoni sauce is true. Divine. It gets pretty noisy on Friday nights so not the best place for a romantic night out with your boo but great for a catching up with friends!
  • Danny N.
    Danny NathanApril 27, 2015
    Graffiato was delicious... full stop. That said, don't order the tasting menu. It was AWESOME. But it was SO much food that it took away from our enjoyment overall. The octopus was fantastic.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 15, 2012
    Beyond the handmade pastas and artisanal pizzas, Graffiato has a ham bar, prosecco on tap and, of course, that famous pepperoni sauce from his stint on Top Chef: All Stars. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Corey R.
    Corey RJanuary 8, 2012
    Jersey Shore pizza was amazing, great vibe, and how come nobody has mentioned the 90's alt music that plays all night long? Green Day, RHCP, and Third Eye Blind with amazing food was sensory overload.
  • Laura Y.
    Laura YeagerNovember 16, 2012
    WOW.....so incredible! We tried all kinds of things as a table. We all agreed the winners were tortellini with pumpkin, brown butter and hazelnuts and for dessert beet cheesecake! OMG
  • Roanne C.
    OMG!! The Cantina pizza is out of this world!! Spicy and lots of flavor!! Of course the Jersey Shore Pizza is off the hook as well!!
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandJanuary 23, 2012
    Pepperoni Sauce didn't live up to the hype tasted cheap but loved the bread and butternut squash ravioli and feta and arugula salad nice fun atmosphere good music and amazing Prosecco I'll be back!
  • Imogen B.
    Imogen BurtonSeptember 26, 2014
    Fabulous food and great service. Try the delicious pizzas. Loved the small plates ranging from hanger steak to red snapper. Good range of wines by the glass. Buzzy atmosphere
  • Reserve
    ReserveMarch 17, 2016
    Delivering Italian fare with a twist, Graffiato dishes out a Jersey Shore pizza topped with fried calamari, tomato, provolone and cherry pepper aioli. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 3, 2011
    Promises Neapolitan pizza, seasonal Italian, a charcuterie bar, & a grand selection of locally sourced beers, meats & cheeses. It's a casual joint with a high-end kitchen & mid-range prices. Read more
  • Vicki D.
    Vicki D.May 19, 2013
    Gnocchi is a MUST. Fried calamari pizza is delicious and different. Definitely recommend it. And the pepperoni sauce is amaze!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    So many delicious items here. The bone marrow is phenomenal, the chicken thigh with pepperoni sauce is amazing, the pork ribs exquisite and the Jersey Shore pizza is out of this world!
  • Max
    MaxAugust 27
    Nice discovery, Ceasar Salad was awesome, great classic given a new take. Crunchy and smooth cheese cube in it 😋. Sharable Pizza, perfect for family.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. I recommend the Brussels sprouts, White House pizza, and anything with pepperoni sauce. Chicken & Waffles at brunch was also great!
  • Scott N.
    Scott NoonJanuary 5, 2012
    Loved the Jersey Shore pizza. It rocks. Everything was excellent. The pizzas were affordable. Some small plates seem over priced. All in all, an excellent choice. Will be back.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityAugust 17, 2011
    Wooden booths, barn lights and exposed brick give the restaurant a casual, neighborhood vibe. The tables were hand-crafted by owner Mike Isabella (of "Top Chef" fame) and his father-in-law.
  • jenrandall
    jenrandallNovember 13, 2012
    The pizza - Porky's - was fab. Dessert - molten chocolate and beet cheesecake - outstanding. Broccoli rabe and cauliflower: not so much. Smashing Pumpkins 2.0 cocktail lacked anything distinctive.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Get the pillowy, mouth-watering potato gnocchi, as well as some of the inventive pizzas and other delicious pastas. Read more
  • Melody
    MelodyFebruary 8, 2015
    Went for brunch and had the baked eggs, side of bacon, and hibiscus and basil mimosa; all were tasty. Donuts with the strawberry were yummy too.
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KOctober 2, 2012
    Excellent cocktails! And they could not be more allergy-friendly and accommodating here. Gluten-free folks, ask for the corn pasta! You won't regret it.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GidneyMay 21, 2013
    Get the table in the back near the prep area you may get to see Mike Isabella the owner. He's great and will even take pictures with you. The chicken liver mouse is fantastic
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MochAugust 1, 2011
    Try the Burrata cheese appetizer -- nothing else like it out there! Polenta and gnocchi are the best pastas. Be aware that signature cocktails are small in size, but they pack a real punch.
  • Reserve
    ReserveMarch 17, 2016
    The Potato Gnocchi at Graffiato is pillowy and filling, made with pork ragu, whipped ricotta and crispy rosemary. Read more
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizApril 9, 2014
    The Brussels sprouts came highly recommend by our waitress & rightfully so. There are fantastic!
  • Jenni N.
    Jenni NguyenNovember 2, 2013
    Jersey shore pizza and potato gnocchi were were my favorites of the 4 dishes we ordered. And they have Prosecco on draft for $8/glass, yummy!
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    Brussels sprouts, panzanella, octopus, pepperoni sauce were all fantastic. Best to come during a Caps game, worst to come before or after a Caps game.
  • James W.
    James WoodSeptember 5, 2013
    Great food. The management could be better. Seemed like they focused more on your first order. With tapas I like to order some food more than once. We had to place an order with the water guy.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerSeptember 19, 2014
    There are no words for the amount of flavor, texture, and outright quality put into this food. All of the pastas are fantastic, but especially the gnocchi.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMay 11, 2013
    Over-rated and over-priced. Of the half dozen things we tried, only the chicken thigh impressed. Save yourself the dough and stop in at the bar, order the thighs and a proseco and move on.
  • Shireen H.
    Shireen HusainFebruary 9, 2012
    jersey shore pizza: not as great as everyone is claiming on here! Caesar salad and cauliflower were pretty awesome and the zeppoles are a MUST have!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MartinNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chef's Tasting is best with 3 or more people. There is so much food! Ask to include the Pork Belly & Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Bring your appetite.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SmithOctober 18, 2014
    The pizzas were amazing!!!! The White House pizza is seriously one of the best pizzas I've ever had. Delicious salads too!!
  • Susan J C.
    Susan J CampbellDecember 6, 2015
    Brussels sprouts great. 6 plates are too many for 2 women. Nutella cookies boring but wine pairing pretty fabulous. Pizza crust is awesome😍
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCOctober 15, 2013
    Complimentary order of signature Flatbread with Pepperoni sauce. (1 order per every 2 people) with your uberX receipt from 10/16/13 - 10/18/13! #DCLOVESuberX
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Did you know that this is the first solo venture from Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella? Order the calamari-topped Jersey Shore pizza or the house-made agnolotti.
  • Anna P.
    Anna PakmanJune 16, 2013
    Ridiculously good food. Seashells was the #2 best pasta I've had in my life, only bested by the octopus fusilli at Michael White's Marea.
  • Mackenzie M.
    Mackenzie MoranAugust 15, 2015
    They have the best food you have to get the gnocchi and the porky's revenge pizza love it we have one in richmond 😍
  • Isa L.
    Isa LaraFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cream cheese croutons in the Caesar salad were delicious. But then the crispy gnocchi completely blew my mind: fantastic stuff.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJune 29, 2011
    Faves (so far): gin & tonic w lime ice cubes, prosecco on tap, polenta w meatballs, The Countryman pizza w fontina, truffle & duck egg... To be continued...
  • Akshay A.
    Akshay AnikhindiSeptember 21, 2016
    Pepperoni sauce & bread is delicious! Cheese plate was also very varied and interesting. Can't go wrong here.
  • Traci D.
    Traci D.April 26, 2013
    Everything was insanely good. Small plates. Get the prosecco on tap, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, and gnocchi!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMarch 1, 2012
    Start the weekend at Graffiato with the new brunch menu. Highlights include barrel-aged negronis, breakfast pizza and spaghetti carbonara.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    2 1/2 stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. "Dessert tells you where you rank with the chef: Insiders get a gratis plate of zeppole," writes Tom. http://wapo.st/qFkaFE
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob ForsterJune 7, 2016
    Small plate restaurant so be ready to share with someone! Get the gnocchi... It's the best I've ever had!
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 28, 2011
    Order the tasting menu! Roasted cauliflower, bone marrow, chestnut agnolotti, and chicken thighs were the highlights...worth the hype!
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    What keeps us coming back is the zip of Mike Isabella’s small plates and pizzas, which seem tossed off but involve layers of work and detail. The cooking pulses with a big heart.
  • Alicia G.
    Alicia GJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Your order needs to include the on tap prosecco, chicken thighs+pepperoni sauce and the gnocchi with braised pork and burrata. #nomz all around!
  • Washington Business Journal
    WBJ's Top Shelf says: "Top Chef runner-up Mike Isablella will serve his infamous pork shoulder bathed in pepperoni sauce. Those who watched will know what I am talking about. Yum! (WBJ 4/8/11)
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 5, 2011
    some of the best pasta in town and a $45 tasting menu that all newcomers should try before anything else. Read more
  • Maeve Y.
    Maeve YeagerOctober 7, 2013
    Holy moly! Everything we tried was PERFECT! (And we tried a lot). Definitely get the brussels sprouts!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.August 11, 2014
    It's often packed after work. Put in your name with your number, and they'll call you when your table is ready.
  • John B.
    John BakerJanuary 15, 2016
    Everything but the Cavatelli dish with the meat sauce is amazing when they have it! I ordered two!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SwartzJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Sweet Corn Agnolotti when in season. The Gnocci is a good choice too, as is Countryman pizza.
  • Anyah D.
    Anyah DemblingJuly 26, 2012
    Corn agnolotti is killer. Right combination of light and rich flavors. Toasted pine nuts take it over the top.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdFebruary 9, 2012
    Don't listen to tips about the Jersey Shore. Better pizzas on menu. Calamari cooked well but not meant for pizza topping. Gnocchi and cauliflower were great.
  • Mel M.
    Mel MoJune 28, 2013
    Best Italian food in DC, hands down! get the Dear Rosemary cocktail. Will be back for more!
  • Stuart
    StuartMay 16, 2013
    Pop-up sandwich is on till Friday May 17th! Don't fret opening up on 14th Street! Chicken Parm quite delicious! No sides!
  • John T.
    John TaylorAugust 30, 2011
    The Sweet Corn Agnolotti is one of the best dishes I've had, period. Make sure you order it. Don't leave unless you have. Read more
  • B
    BOctober 16, 2011
    Jersey shore packs a punch of flavor altho is heavy and may be more suited for after drinking food. Countryman is more refined with wonderful flavor and have you wanting more.
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesMarch 16, 2012
    Get the presecco on tap at the bar. It's delicious and seriously, have you ever had bubbly served on tap before?
  • IS K.
    IS KLEMay 28, 2016
    Jersey shore pizza. Ask for pepperoni sauce with whatever your order. It is amazing.
  • Ian G.
    Ian GrubmanFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best pizzas in DC. And the cauliflower side is a real winner.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaJuly 19, 2012
    The crispy lamb and corn ravioli are both amazing. The DC Mule cocktail is the best!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa McGrathFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet corn agnolotti and the pepperoni sauce are among the best dishes out there!
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 8, 2012
    Tapas sized portions. Perfect for lots of tasting! The charred octopus was our favorite.
  • Ann F.
    Ann FFebruary 17, 2014
    Graffiato's Brussels sprouts are incredible--best Brussels sprouts small plate dish in DC!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BallentineAugust 23, 2014
    Great food and cocktails. Great place to go with friends. Excellent staff.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaAugust 31, 2015
    Interesting cocktails and yummy personal pizzas. Good for a late night snack and drink.
  • Andrew Vino50 Wines
    Andrew Vino50 WinesJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Love this place. Try the shindig pinot grigio rose wine and the nutella cookies are kick ass
  • Cyrus M.
    Cyrus MDecember 13, 2012
    The chicken liver mousse, brussel sprouts, duck, and octopus are amazing.
  • Adam E.
    Adam EpsteinMarch 31, 2013
    Very solid place beside the Verizon centre. - ramen place next store is also cool
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    We love the Graffiato Nebbiolo from Breaux Vineyards of Loudoun County Virginia. It pairs great with the Porky's Revenge pizza!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraJune 30, 2012
    Try the Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Chanterelles and Pine Nuts - http://www.foodnomad.net/2012/06/graffiato.html
  • Neil P.
    Neil PerrinJune 24, 2011
    Food is amazing!! Mike has really stepped it up since leaving zaytinya!! The agnolotti is AMAZING!!
  • Chistopher R.
    Chistopher RathsackAugust 26, 2012
    Don't order the Caesar unless you LOVE anchovies. It has diced pieces mixed in (not mentioned on the menu) and more anchovy paste in the dressing than I've ever tasted
  • Vipin G.
    Vipin GoyalOctober 27, 2012
    Tony Starr 3.0 is the most delicious cocktail I've had. Get three.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 25, 2015
    The DC Mule cocktail comes in a brass mug, which is good to know if, like me, that's something you irrationally care about.
  • Banue
    BanueMay 21, 2013
    Pepperoni sauce and flatbread are the best thing here. Octopus, co-op steak and beets were OK.
  • Cory S.
    Cory SurberNovember 16, 2013
    The Smashing Pumpkin mixed drink blew my mind! Get one!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.May 25, 2015
    This place holds up well over the past few years. Still really strong pastas and pizzas.
  • Dallas S.
    Dallas ShieldsApril 24, 2013
    Everything is amazing! The chicken thighs are a must.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziSeptember 20, 2014
    Prosecco on tap. Awesome small plates. Very fun place.
  • L😎 K.
    L😎 KungDecember 28, 2015
    Jersey Shore is soooo good! Love the combination of fried calamari with pizza!
  • Melissa
    MelissaApril 30, 2015
    Gnocchi, hand cut pasta, cheese plate. Do it.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.August 8, 2014
    The Chinatown ribs were shockingly good!
  • Becca G.
    Becca GoodmanNovember 18, 2014
    Calamari on pizza? Sounds crazy; but the jersey shore pizza is awesome!!!
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Great wine list featuring an array of cool regional American wines.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackAugust 6, 2014
    The $20 express lunch is a GREAT deal! I highly recommend it
  • Daniela M.
    Daniela M.September 29, 2015
    Sweet corn agnolotti are a must! #delish
  • Stuart
    StuartJune 5, 2015
    The truffle pizza with the egg on it! Delicious.
  • Landon L.
    Landon LarsenAugust 7, 2014
    White House Pizza is unlike anything else!
  • Marcia F.
    Marcia FrostMarch 31, 2012
    Finishing meal w/ @JuliaConey with Cauliflower with pecorino & mint. Yes, it's as good as it sounds!
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandJanuary 23, 2012
    Pistachio cake was dry but loved the pear ice cream and mascarpone!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisJuly 2, 2011
    Great pizzas, especially Jersey Shore Pizza!! Fried calamari is super nomnom
  • Clau C.
    Clau CortesSeptember 15, 2016
    Lo mejor las pastas! Prueba la de cordero esta deli deli 😀👍🏻
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