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Italian Restaurant and Pizza Place$$$$
Chinatown, Washington
183 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • sweet corn agnolotti
  • gnocchi
  • prosecco
  • famous chefs
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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 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!
  • 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+.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha M.September 13, 2012
    Get the roasted cauliflower, the house-made spaghetti, and the chocolate cake with salted caramel gelato. The pistachio cake with figs & lemongrass gelato sounded delish, but didn't deliver.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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😍
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Akshay A.
    Akshay AnikhindiSeptember 21, 2016
    Pepperoni sauce & bread is delicious! Cheese plate was also very varied and interesting. Can't go wrong here.
  • 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.
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 28, 2011
    Order the tasting menu! Roasted cauliflower, bone marrow, chestnut agnolotti, and chicken thighs were the highlights...worth the hype!
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