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Drake-Approved Chain Will Bring Addictive Truffle Garlic Bread to Foggy Bottom

North Italia is expected to open on Wednesday, February 27

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White truffle garlic bread at North Italian has house-made ricotta, mozzarella, grana padano, and herbs.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

The first of several North Italia locations headed to the D.C. area will arrive in Foggy Bottom later this month, bringing the neighborhood a menu full of pastas made on-site, pizzas, and lots of wine.

The sit-down location from the national chain is scheduled to open on Wednesday, February 27, at 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. That sits next to its new fast-casual sister salad spot, Flower Child.

With 16 locations across six states, North Italia comes from prolific hospitality group Fox Restaurant Concepts and boasts a seal of approval from Drake. Pastas will include burrata tortelloni and a squid ink mafaldine with seafood, mint, fennel pollen, and Calabrian chili.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant, which features a large open kitchen and sleek booths, also offers sandwiches and prosciutto-topped pizza. Starters range from arancini to zucchini chips to white truffle garlic bread made with three cheeses. There area a dozen cocktails, two of which can be ordered in pitcher form.

The “chef’s board” with prosciutto di parma, artisan cheese, marinated eggplant, roasted pepper, castelvetrano olive, and marcona almond at North Italia.
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The D.C. location will open with lunch, dinner, happy hour, and brunch service.

Other North Italia locations are en route to Reston, Va. (11898 Market Street) and Tysons Corner next to Flower Child this year. Restaurateur Sam Fox, an 11-time James Beard Award semifinalist for restaurateur of the year, has almost 50 restaurants falling under 13 brands.