Kapnos Kouzina: Abuzz in Bethesda

I glance up at my computer screen and see the tweet I’ve eagerly anticipated for months.  Kapnos Kouzina is officially taking reservations. Bethesda’s newest restaurant is from the prolific Mike Isabella and his partner George Pagonis, both former “Top Chef” contestants. I race to snag a table for opening night. My “Top Chef” fanaticism is well-documented on this blog, […]

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana: Chef Tosses Aside Fine Dining for Pizza

When Chef Tony Conte decided to leave his post at DC’s upscale Oval Room and open Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, Darnestown got lucky.  Really lucky. The Chef hung up his fine dining toque last year and is now tossing up pizzas, salad, and appetizers in a lovely, but small, no-reservations restaurant in a strip mall. As a Montgomery […]

Peter Chang: Can the Rockville Restaurant Live Up to its Moniker?

I am an admirer of Chef Peter Chang’s food.  I first wrote about him in July 2011, after visiting his Charlottesville restaurant, where I’ve now dined on a number of occasions. Much has been written about the Chinese chef, including an article in The New York Times by food critic Pete Wells: “Where Peter Chang Cooks, They will Follow.” […]

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria E Bar: Shopping Around for Pizza (CLOSED)

Long before I was known as a food-obsessed diner, I had a passion for shopping.  These days I spend more time shopping for restaurants than I do enhancing my wardrobe. Therefore, shopping for food and clothing in one fell swoop is a dream come true for a multi-tasker like me. I hear positive buzz for […]

Barrel and Crow: Chicken Worth Crowing About

Bethesda’s Barrel and Crow is many things. It’s a shining star among the multitude of decent, but not so exciting Bethesda restaurants.  It’s a place with a rustic/hip ambiance that is becoming commonplace in DC, but is still unique for the suburbs.  But above all, it’s a destination for incredible fried chicken. In fact, I think […]

Il Pizzico: 25 Years and Counting

You have to respect a twenty-five year anniversary.  It is safe to assume there have been considerable transitions in that span of time, some easier to handle than others. And as the excitement of discovery diminishes, there is also a tendency to take things for granted. I could be writing about marriage, but this is a […]

The Room at McGinty’s: Stepping it Up

I am not a fan of pubs or pub food, which explains why McGinty’s Public House in Silver Spring has never been on my radar.  I initially overlook an invitation to try out The Room at McGinty’s. But there is a link to a new menu and concept, and I’m intrigued. The Irish pub has dedicated some […]

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