Archive | June, 2015

Masseria Hoping to Open This June in Union Market Area

3 Jun
Construction Progress at Masseria

Construction Progress at Masseria

Masseria, a free standing Italian restaurant by former Bibiana chef Nick Stefanelli, hopes to open this June just to the west of Union Market (1340 4th Street, NE).  The building is undergoing a complete renovation currently and will have a large outdoor patio area in the front.  According to Masseria’s owners, the restaurant’s design “will combine the raw and simple look of an Italian country estate, the industrial grit of the Union Market district.”  The restaurant is in the industrial/warehouse section of Union Market, approximately one block away from Eden’s Union Market (you can view our entire series on the future of Union Market by clicking here).  However, the building immediately to the south of Masseria is slated to become a large residential building with major ground floor retail space and there are several other residential areas planned nearby to Masseria.

Masseria's Chef Nick Stefanelli

Masseria’s Chef Nick Stefanelli

Masseria will feature fine Italian cuisine with “touches of coastal cultures.”  According to Masseria’s team, “the restaurant’s name carries a heartfelt meaning, defining the charming agricultural farm of the Puglia region.”

A sneak peak of one menu item sounds delicious: Cavatelli Grano Arso–burnt wheat cavatelli pasta with fennel coffee sausage, bitter greens, red chillies, and Pecorino cheese.

On the drink side, Stefanelli will be bringing an impressive team with him to Masseria when it opens: former City Zen sommelier David Kurka and Julien-Pierre Bourgon from PX in Alexandria. Continue reading

Opening Today: Sally’s Middle Name

3 Jun
Sally's Middle Name

Sally’s Middle Name

Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H Street), a new table service restaurant featuring a rotating menu, opens today (Wednesday) in the space that used to house Pizza Parts and Service.  They will initially start with dinner service and then open for brunch on the weekends starting June 13th.  The restaurant’s owners have developed strong ties to local farmers and are trying to source as much as possible within a 100 mile radius.  Their menu of seasonal small plates will rotate daily (you can view it here).  In addition to the daily menu, ice cream and coffee service will be priorities for the restaurant.  Their ice cream will be made from Trickling Springs Dairy products and for coffee they will grind Vigilante coffee to order.

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Initially they will not be serving alcohol due to their pending liquor license, but they hope to offer a drink menu soon.  We look forward to checking them out soon!

*Photos courtesy of Jessica Burge Photography

Ocopa Hoping to Open Patio by Mid-June

2 Jun
Classico (Mahi Mahi) Ceviche at Ocopa

Classico (Mahi Mahi) Ceviche at Ocopa

Ocopa (1324 H Street–read our review here) has been working hard for weeks to build a patio behind the restaurant for outdoor dining.  We are told that construction is wrapping up now and that they hope to open it by mid-June.  We can’t wait to check it out!