Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi with pork ragu, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, charred octopus with tomato mostarda and mint, and hanger steak with pancetta and wild mushrooms are a few of the signature wood oven roasted dishes. Broccolini with red pepper relish and smoked beets with sheep’s milk ricotta are popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 11:00pm), Thursday -Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 12:00am), Bar Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm ($5 drink specials and "bites" for $3, $4, $5)
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Graffiato does not have a private room, but we accept inquiries for groups of seven or more. Food and beverage minimums may apply. Please contact us to discuss menus and pricing for group dinners and half- or full-restaurant buyouts.
Graffiato Ratings and Reviews
Food was quite good but service pretty p ...
Food was quite good but service pretty poor - forgotten order with no apology and pretty grumpy into the bargain. The large shop window on ground floor makes dinner look like fish in a fishbowl , concrete floor makes noise resonate and chair scrape painfully on that surface. Overall pretty average.
This restaurant has a good vibe and is i ...
This restaurant has a good vibe and is in a great location. The drinks are good but that's about as much as one can say positively. Three of us had pizza (different kinds) and none of it was that great. Then the fourth person had a steak which turned out to be a small plate but was overpriced and not listed as a small plate so a very disappointing dinner. The steak was over seasoned. None of the food is worth the price. The service was fine but not distinguishable. The scene is very young so maybe it's a lot of people without tastebuds yet? In any case, we were all disappointed and I would rather go to Matchbox any day for some really good food, for a much better price, and extremely friendly service.
Fell short of others' praises. First ...
Fell short of others' praises.
First and foremost, I was disappointed at such poor service on a special occasion. I took my girlfriend to Graffiato to celebrate her birthday and mentioned the fact when making my reservation. Not looking for singing or candles and cake, but our absentee waiter missed an opportunity to make someone feel special.
Graffiato is aptly billed in at least this regard: its "inventive Italian comfort food" is, in fact, comfortable. We enjoyed our dishes. And admittedly, they were inventive, though not necessarily inspired. Mike Isabella has garnered great commendations, so surely he will continue to thrive without mine.
To be clear, there is enough to appreciate at Graffiato, but I felt the praises (and prices) are more reflective of a local star power, or at least achievements outside this particular restaurant.
Graffiato was awesome. I was with a larg ...
Graffiato was awesome. I was with a large group for a birthday party and even though a few of us were late, which I understand is very annoying for restaurants, they were super accommodating and did not even remotely seem irritated. The food was delicious, drink options fantastic, service awesome from host stand to bartender to server.
Beyond excellent food, especially the Al ...
Beyond excellent food, especially the Aleppo Shells. The sauce was absolutely delicious and perfectly spicy. Perfect portion sizes! The Chocolate Cherry Cannoli were seriously yummy, as were the Mk and Cookies....mmmmm.....
This restaurant came highly recommended ...
This restaurant came highly recommended by many friends and all had had great experiences there in the past. While the servers were very friendly and knowledgeable, we seemed to have hit Graffiato on an "off night." We had to send back a dish due to flavor being off, but given that this was a special occasion, we were disappointed in how the dinner turned out. But, my friends who were already huge fans said they'd be willing to come back in the future.
Great little place! Our server was amazi ...
Great little place! Our server was amazing and the food flavor was astounding. My only issue (and bear in mind that I don't live in DC) was the cost of the food. I didn't have any problems dropping $15 on a pasta dish, until the plate came out with 5 pieces of pasta. It was basically the size of an appetizer for 1 person. Also, the beers were around $8, and that was for a 10oz pour. The pizza was $20, and was HEAVEN, and the size was as should be expected - about 12 inches in diameter. I would totally go back to this place it was so great, but if you're hungry and on any sort of a budget, you may be a little disappointed.
Everything was great with the exception ...
Everything was great with the exception of our server. She was not attentive and walked away from me twice while I was talking to her. Her assistant was far better than she. I gave him a separate cash tip to ensure he was paid for his hard work. The food and atmosphere was good. I would definitely give it another try!
There was no reason to bring out the pla ...
There was no reason to bring out the plates at different times. Certainly the two salads could have come together. I had to start eating before my friend; her entree came after I was finished eating. And metal chairs scraping on a cement floor? Ugh
We met friends there for brunch. While ...
We met friends there for brunch. While the food was very good, the service was slow and erratic which surprised us because the place was not that busy. Our friends from out of town expressed consternation at the relatively small portion size given the prices. Overall we enjoyed our brunch but will try somewhere else next time in search of a more reasonable price/quality balance.
All the dishes are served family style. ...
All the dishes are served family style. For some that's a problem because , when you have four people as we did, you barely get a taste of the succulent rock fish and its crispy skin. For the pasta dishes family style service works well. I recommend the cloud-like gnocchi in the savory pork ragout with velvety riccotta cheese topping it off. My dining companions liked the buccatini with veal. The pasta was tender but not over-cooked and the there is a nice balance of topping to noodles. Definitely try the flatbread with pepperoni sauce if they have it on the menu. The desserts are also sharable. Every dish was well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgable. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to going back soon.
Awful. One meal came out and we waited 1 ...
Awful. One meal came out and we waited 10 minutes for the other. We were told it was because they come from 2 different kitchens but if there are 2 people at the table, having the meals come out 10 minutes apart is unacceptable. Nobody checked on us, it was just embarrassing
We are huge Top Chef fans so we were exc ...
We are huge Top Chef fans so we were excited to try out Mike Isabella's place while visiting DC. It was just okay. The flounder was really good, but the pizza was just average. Zeppole were to die for. We should have skipped the rest of the meal and gone straight for dessert! The biggest surprise was the bill, which came in at roughly $200 with tip for dinner for four. Entres are very moderately priced (under $20) and we had no appetizers, so we assume it was the drinks, but that still seems a lot for two beers, one glass of wine and two Diet Cokes (that no one offered to refill). Wouldn't go back.
Restaurant presentations are wonderful; ...
Restaurant presentations are wonderful; great atmosphere. Bathrooms need serious renovating. Didn't know that items we ordered were small plates. Staff is top notch. Hostess greeted us warmly. Our server was energetic, attentive and efficient.
I've always liked Graffiato, and I will ...
I've always liked Graffiato, and I will continue to return. With that being said, I was a bit disappointed by the service and level of preparation the restaurant displayed to my friends and I for our special occasion. We arrived and were initially brought to a dirty (uncleared) table to be sat at downstairs, brought back to the host stand, then brought upstairs to a clean but unset table. A busser came up and dropped silverware off at the table (in the middle) and just plopped the plates and napkins down for us to set ourselves without an apology for being unprepared and unprofessional. The dishes were decent, but a bit lackluster in comparison to some of the things I've had there before. I felt that the value was lacking, considering we were paying $16 for a small watermelon salad, etc. Perhaps I've become spoiled by the influx of creative and exceptional restaurants to DC with service standards well above what was commonly accepted in DC prior. I feel that Graffiato is now falling behind the rising standards and needs to step up a bit to continue to be competitive in the evolving and vibrant Chinatown/Mt Vernon/Penn Quarter neighborhood.
We got excellent service and sampled ser ...
We got excellent service and sampled serval f the pasta dishes as well as the White House pizza. Everything was solid but not amazing, in a neat but not special. I would recommend, but will not go out of my way to go back.
Went for dinner before a concert at Veri ...
Went for dinner before a concert at Verizon Center. Small portion tastings menu was perfection. We had the chicken thigh and rockfish filet. The surprise of the meal was deep fried cream cheese croutons with my Caesar salad. We both would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who enjoys a genuinely good meal.
The homemade mango soda was a nice blend ...
The homemade mango soda was a nice blend of sweet and savory. While the portion of sweet corn agnolotti was small, it's a week later and I'm still thinking about the delicious flavor! If you're hungry, the spaghetti dish had a larger portion.
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