Fiola Restaurant's only been open about a year and a half, but Fabio Trabocchi already has expansion on his mind. Tom Sietsema reports that the chef has signed a letter of intent with the developers at Washington Harbour to open a second restaurant there, on the Georgetown waterfront.
The restaurant will be called Fiola Mare and the focus will be on seafood. If the lease goes through at 3050 K Street, Trabocchi will have about 7,500 square foot to play with for the restaurant, which he'd like to open by fall of next year. Trabocchi has hired Georgetown architecture firm HapstakDemetriou to design the restaurant, and is already busy testing seafood recipes for the new spot over at Fiola.
The waterfront location was inspiring for Trabocchi, who grew up near the Adriatic sea in Italy. Some of the early dishes he has planned are items like seafood salad, whole dorade and swordfish with eggplant. A raw bar and seafood counter are planned, and Fiola Mare's prices will be lower than Fiola's.
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