Happy Birthday, Bibiana!
On Thursday night, flutes of Prosecco were flowing and hors d'oeuvres from six different Italian regions (Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Piemonte) were passed around in honor of Bibiana Osteria Enoteca's sixth birthday.
Bibiana is an award-winning Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. This 120-seat eatery offers a design-forward decoration that is filled with soft grays and shimmering silver tones which elicits an airy feel. Conceptualized by famed restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Bombay Club, Rasika, 701, The Oval Room) and accomplished Executive Chef Jake Addeo, by way of New York (Esca, Felidia) and Hong Kong (Doppio Zero), at the helm of the kitchen makes this a must-visit.
As the restaurant filled up that evening with an eclectic group of Washingtonians, individuals mingled while savoring bites ranging from succulent porchetta (with a salsa verde dipping sauce that was to die for), squid ink raviolis (topped with melted peperoncino), perfectly fried risotto arancini to palatable calzone with edible flowers. And to top off the night were freshly made cannolis - pistachio and chocolate (my favorite of the two). One word - incredible. My guest, Katya and I had the fortuitous opportunity to speak with Puglia, Italy native Chef Addeo and he could not have been any nicer or more passionate about Italian cuisine.
Porchetta (1) | Arancini (2) | Squid Ink Ravioli (3) | Calzones (4) | Cannolis (5)
Don't fret. The celebration doesn't stop there. Bibiana is prolonging its commemoration of its sixth anniversary with happy hour specials throughout September from Monday thru Friday (3-7 PM) at the bar and lounge. So here's my advice ... don't miss out!