DC’s Top Drinking and Dining Picks

July 23, 2017 0 0

Matteo Venini is the executive chef of Lupo Verde. Since his arrival, the restaurant was named Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants for two years in a row and Open Table’s Diners’ Choice. The Italian native brought his hometown of Lake Como to Capital City, honing his skills at local restaurants such as Tosca and Posto before landing at Lupo Verde. Venini has his finger on the pulse of what’s hot in DC, and he took time of of his hectic schedule to not only tell SELECT where he goes when he has downtime, but also clue us in on the next big trend in dining. “The new Scandinavian trend will come soon, but for now in DC it’s gourmet street food,” says Venini. “Maybe Italian street food [will be] coming soon? Who knows.” We have a feeling he’s got a better idea than he’s letting on – in the meantime, here’s a closer look at several of Venini’s favorite spots in town.

             Fiola Mare                          Compass Rose                               Haikan                                        Flash

Name Location Description
Fiola Mare 3050 K St. NW “I come here for brunch… it’s simply delicious with a priceless view. The service is always the greatest and the food is amazing.”

Sushi Taro

1503 17th St. NW “This is my go-to place when I’m craving Japanese food. Selections of fresh fish and its creative tasting menu make the venue top notch. The best part is the Omakase table, six seats and a lot of fun. You must try it.”
Compass Rose 1346 T St. NW “For a casual, but not boring night, great dishes and drinks, stop by here. The owner Rose and the bartenders will make sure you will have a unique experience.”
Haikan 805 V St. NW “They serve an amazing ramen, great for brunch or a late-night sneak after 14 hours of work in the kitchen. What I like here? The urban decor and vibrant atmosphere.”
Doi Moi 1800 14th St. NW “Another [awesome] Asian restaurant. It’s super casual with a great atmosphere. I also like this place for to-go food. The best thing? Lupo Verde is right next door.”
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Corner of 7th St. SW and Independence Ave. “This museum is modern, cool, different…”
National Building Museum 401 F St. NW “Love this place. It’s great for an event or birthday party. I had my son’s fifth birthday there and it was unforgettable.”
Flash 645 Florida Ave. NW  “It’s not too often, but when I feel too stressed from the restaurant, I go [to this popular dance club] to release it. Go upstairs; the music is just perfect, European style.”

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Matteo Venini Executive Chef, Lupo Verde

A native of Lake Como, Italy, Venini brings many years of experience working at restaurants Washington, DC and Italy to his position of executive chef at Lupo Verde. Most recently, Matteo Venini served for a year and a half as executive chef of the notable Italian restaurant, Tosca, in Washington, DC.

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