Ranked #4 on Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants in 2013. It is Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s first-owned restaurant in DC and is a modern, upscale Italian restaurant.

Our reservation wasn’t until 6 and we had arrived a little earlier, so we sat at the bar and ordered some drinks. I had “It’s Expected, I’m Gone,” which is Green Hat gin, grapefruit juice, honey syrup, and burlesque bitters. Really good, light cocktail.

We also ordered an appetizer of salumi e formaggi, a taligere of Italian cheeses and salumi, salad, and grilled country bread. The salumi and cheeses were all very tasty. Around this time, our table was ready.

Salumi e formaggi

Salumi e formaggi

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In the beginning of the month, I got to experience Bistro L’Hermitage, a charming French restaurant in Woodbridge, VA. It is a quaint, elegant restaurant with a warm, inviting atmosphere, polite service, and flavorful foods.

For an appetizer, i chose the lobster bisque with cherry cream, otherwise known as the bisque de homard. It was creamy and very tasty. The lobster was accented and the sherry cream added a nice pop to the overall soup. For dinner, I ordered the magret de canard, which is roasted duck breast with braised red cabbage, celery root puree, and cherry thyme sauce. The duck was neatly cut into thin strips and was so flavorful. Combined with the cabbage, puree, and sauce, the overall dish was absolutely delectable. The portion was just right too, as Baby Bear would have desired.

Highly recommend this restaurant. I’ve been wanting to go for awhile, and it lives up to its reputation.

Bon appétit!

Last month, I got to try Bryan Voltaggio’s newest restaurant in Friendship Heights, Washington, D.C. I’ve never been to his highly popular and highly rated restaurant Volt, but if Range is indicative of even a eighth of his food at Volt, then Volt is one heck of a restaurant.

I read some of the Yelp reviews about Range and some of the complaints are frankly ridiculous. One person complained that the decor resembled something like a school cafeteria. If Range looks like a school cafeteria to that person, I wish I could have gone to that school. This place is trendy and great for groups. If you’re looking for a more intimate, Valentine’s Day-esque romantic restaurant, Range is probably not your scene. But it’s got a great bar and even better food.

I ordered Beyond the Pale, which is a blended Irish whiskey, aperol, St. Germain, lemon, and egg white cocktail. Very tasty. Our table got a tasting of all hams, the bakers basket and spreads, the cheese plate, and tasting of dry cure meats to start. Next, we ordered beef shin with carrots and red wine, the sturgeon, kimchi linguini, and a few other side dishes I don’t even remember at this point because there was just SO MUCH FOOD.

All in all, a fantastic meal with quality service. Bryan Voltaggio, you did it again.

Bon appétit!

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