Massimo Fabbri, the seasoned chef turned restaurateur behind D.C. power dining spot Tosca, tapped design firm Swatchroom to transform the brick-lined space that formerly housed Thally (1316 Ninth St NW) into a rustic-meets-modern slice of Italy. Fabbri says the roughly 70-seat spot, with room for 56 in the dining room and another 14 at its gold and tiled-covered bar, was inspired by a restaurant in his native Italy.
Pasta dishes range from guitar-shaped chitarra with garlic-basil tomato sauce to taglierini with morel mushroom ragu and clams. Additional entrees include sauteed scallops with pureed fava beans, as well as a T-bone steak for two. 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.
Status: Projected to open at 5:30 p.m. 1316 Ninth Street NW; website.
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