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Tuscan-Inspired San Lorenzo Opens Next Week in Shaw

Posto chef Massimo Fabbri’s cozy Italian eatery will pay homage to his hometown in central Italy

A peek inside Shaw’s incoming Italian restaurant, San Lorenzo.
San Lorenzo/Lisa Amore

San Lorenzo, the Tuscan-style restaurant Tosca chef Massimo Fabbri has been setting up in Shaw, is now scheduled to open next week.

The new neighborhood restaurant (1316 Ninth St NW) is currently scheduled to debut nightly dinner service on Monday, June 25.

Fabbri recently hired some seasoned veterans in the Italian hospitality space to come on board: Andy Clark, most recently at All-Purpose and Red Hen, is his chef de cuisine. And Michael Nayeri, a Galileo alum who owns long-standing restaurant A La Lucia in Alexandria, Virginia, is the general manager.

Design firm Swatchroom transformed the brick-lined space, formerly occupied by neighborhood eatery Thally, with lots of European-inspired elements. The roughly 70-seat spot — with room for 56 in the dining room, plus another 14 at the bar — pays homage to the chef’s family and hometown of Monsummano Terme in the Tuscan region of Italy. Images of the family crest — a gold crown — appear throughout the eatery. Its name is an ode to a famous Tuscan saint as well as Fabbri’s three-year-old son, Lorenzo. The team is waiting on a final furniture delivery, as well as wrapping up a few architectural details, before the space is complete.

Pastas will be made in-house. Other offerings include hearty vegetable soups, rabbit dishes, and steak Florentine. There will also be batch cocktails on draft, and a pricey prosciutto-cutting machine. Stay tuned for a final menu.

The last casual restaurant Fabbri ran in D.C., Posto, closed in early 2016 after nearly a decade of business. And 20-year-old Tosca has welcomed the likes of former President Barack Obama and D.C. newcomer Ivanka Trump.

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