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.
“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.”
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.