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
We visited Graffiato after a Caps game a ...
We visited Graffiato after a Caps game at Verizon Center. I was astounded by the level and speed of service. Serving team was quite attentive even with a packed house.
We ordered a tomato and basil pizza and tagliatelle pasta. Both were delicious dishes. Pecorino in the tagliatelle really made the dish standout as a winner.
What got my attention as I was seeking a ...
What got my attention as I was seeking a restaurant pre-theatre (Shakespeare) was the name of the owner/chef of this restaurant, Mike Isabella. We were being joined by 'foodies' and all of us had a great dinner. The place is casual and the food is interesting, eclectic, and tasty. The amounts are not by any means huge but what was ordered was filling and very satisfying. We will put this on our return list
Went here two catch up with two out-of-t ...
Went here two catch up with two out-of-town girlfriends. Ate during the dinner rush and it was quite lively and tables were mostly full. PRO: Food was great! Two of us got a pasta dish- I had the gnocchi and thought it was fabulous, it was quite large and the meat was tender in a creamy sauce. Pizza was also great according to my friend. Overall portion sizes were larger and we could have split a few things. CON: Service was pretty blah. Our waiter wasn't all that lively or friendly and didn't check in on us enough. Said he would bring a refill on a drink and it took way too long. We had to seek him out to request our bill at the end of the meal which also was slightly annoying.
Overall would consider returning during a less busy hour to see if service improves.
Cauliflower starter was fine and easily ...
Cauliflower starter was fine and easily shared. Lamb shoulder was generously sized but crackly nature was a bit relentless. Varied prep recommended.
Steak was ludicrously under-sized, especially compared to the lamb entree.
Beignets and Bavarian cream was a bit bland.
While we didn't taste them, the pizzas looked terrific.
The pizza is great, as is the broccolini ...
The pizza is great, as is the broccolini salad and the bolognese. My only complaint is that I had to follow up with the hostess myself after our waitress tuned out a request to change tables due to a terrible draft coming up the stairwell.
A group of six of us went to dinner here ...
A group of six of us went to dinner here the other night and we had made a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived our table wasn't ready for another 15 minutes. They sat us right next to the kitchen so it was pretty warm. A lot of us had dietary restrictions at the table and the server did not seem to be very accommodating. He didn't try to give any suggestions about entree's that people could eat. Additionally my friend had called ahead to ask about gluten free pasta, and someone told her they had it. When we arrived the waiter said they did not have gluten free pasta. Finally, my boyfriend told the waiter that we were celebrating my birthday and although they brought out the dessert we ordered they didn't bring a candle or anything.
Graffiato was recommended by the concier ...
Graffiato was recommended by the concierge at our hotel for authentic Italian food in the Penn Quarter. The food was amazing - everything tasted fresh and our pasta dishes arrived steaming hot - which I really appreciate. Easy walk from hotels in the Penn Quarter. Will definitely be back!
Not impressed. I had heard good things ...
Not impressed. I had heard good things about Graffiato, but the dishes my friend and I ordered (pizza and pasta) were subpar. There was hardly any cheese on my pizza and not much of the other toppings. My friend's pasta was plain. The sauce was pretty good, but it was just a bowl of pasta with a tomato-based sauce on it. No veggies or anything else to offer some extra flavors. Definitely not worh the higher than normal prices.
We had a great dinner at Graffiato in No ...
We had a great dinner at Graffiato in November 2016. We chose the chef tasting menu and it was fantastic. We were really impressed with the food. My husband's favorite was the gnocchi. My favorite was the half chicken. I am usually very disappointed with the chicken at restaurants and this far exceeded my expectations. The acidity of the greens and a creamy sauce with a touch of lemon plus the well-cooked chicken made for a great bite. Our server, Nick, was fantastic. He was managing our tasting menu plus a table of 10 behind us that all arrived at different times and were a little difficult. It did it easily. He did a great job with the wine pairings. We were also really impressed with the busing team. They did a great job working as a team making sure each table had water, clean plates and cleared efficiently. We were really impressed with Nathaniel.
The food was good but the service was te ...
The food was good but the service was terrible. There were 4 of us.. The food came out one entrée at a time... no one got there's at the same time. The first one came ..then 10 ,inures later the next one ...then 10 minutes later the next one and the 10 minutes later the 4th one..
It's a shame because the food was good time timing stunk.
I found the food a bit to rich and salty ...
I found the food a bit to rich and salty. Enjoyed the roasted beet salad, kale salad was well done. The calamari pizza was TOO rich, I would have preferred no breading on the calamari and perhaps a fresh green like agrugla and one less sauce.
Love this place. My parents came into to ...
Love this place. My parents came into town for my birthday and they were extremely impressed. My dad, in particular, is an older Italian man and he really enjoyed how Mike Isabella sticks to (as he puts it) "the Italian basics" and produces straightforward, delicious dishes. Highly, highly recommend.
What a disappointment! I had been to Gra ...
What a disappointment! I had been to Graffito several times before, and I always liked it. But this time it was subpar. The service in particular was simply bad. The waiter was surly from the beginning. We never got one of the dishes we ordered, and when I told him, he didn't apologize. He didn't come check on our meals, even though the restaurant was almost empty. My pizza also had a weird flavor. We complained to the manager after the meal, and while she apologized, she didn't offer any concession to make up for the poor service.
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