clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Restaurant Magnate Danny Meyer Is Bringing a Roman Seafood Spot to D.C.

Maialino Mare opens this winter at the Thompson Hotel in Navy Yard

Maialino Mare will serve plenty of seafood pasta.
Maialino Mare [official]
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Prolific NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer just disclosed the anticipated details for his brand’s first full-service restaurant in D.C. Maialino Mare will be his first go at seafood, slated to arrive this winter at the base of the 225-room Thompson Hotel currently under construction in Navy Yard.

The coastal sister to Maialino, Meyer’s revered, decade-old pasta palace inside the Gramercy Park Hotel, is described in a news release as an all-day Roman trattoria that’s big on seafood-filled pastas and grilled whole fish. An in-the-works menu, which will highlight local farmers, fishers, and seasonal ingredients, calls for Maialino staples like suckling pig, cacio e pepe, carbonara, and linguine alla vongole.

The news comes months after Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) canceled plans to import its popular Union Square Cafe to D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Earlier this year, he teased out plans for the not-yet-announced Thompson Hotel project to Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema.

Maialino Mare’s newly named executive chef is Rose Noel, who first joined USHG in 2014 to work at Maialino alongside chef Jason Pfeifer.

“We’re excited to introduce Washingtonians to its brand new cousin – Maialino Mare — which will express that same Roman spirit, but with an even greater selection of seafood on the menu,” Meyer says in a statement. “We are thrilled that Rose is returning to her Maialino culinary roots.”

Most recently, Noel was on the opening team of Meyer’s sky-high French restaurant, Manhatta, in New York’s Financial District.

USHG will also operate the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel, which sits at the corner of Tingey and Third streets SE in the Yards development.

D.C. is already home to several highly rated restaurants focusing on pasta and seafood, including James Beard Award finalist Amy Brandwein’s Centrolina, Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola, and Nicholas Stefanelli’s Masseria. The latter two both have one Michelin star.