An Everyday Italian Restaurant Will Replace French Prix Fixe Place Mirabelle Downtown

Mirabelle, a French-influenced fixture for prix fixe foods in close proximity to the White Property because 2017, will not reemerge from a pandemic-induced closure. Alternatively, owner Hakan Ilhan is flipping the glitzy house at 900 16th Street NW into an Italian cafe with a a lot more approachable rate issue. Il Piatto, which means “the dish” in Italian, is envisioned to open up in August.

“Comfort food stuff is by no means out of style, and all through the pandemic there was [even] much more proof of that,” Ilhan suggests. “We felt that Italian is anything folks can relate to very conveniently.”

A portrait of chef Christ Lanydrek

Chef Christ Lanydrek will come to Il Piatto immediately after doing the job as an executive sous chef at the Annapolis Yacht Club
Il Piatto/formal photograph

New executive chef Christ Lanydrek was most recently government sous chef at the Annapolis Yacht Club and formerly cooked at Le Grenier on H Avenue NE. Lanydrek was born in the Republic of the Congo, graduated from Académie Culinaire de France in Paris, and figured out to cook Italian food items even though functioning in eating places in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Il Piatto will serve starters in the $10 to $18 selection, like crispy zucchini flowers and fried burrata. Mains ($18 to $35) for fettuccine alla bolognese, tagliatelle carbonara with truffle garlic cream, and penne a la vodka with salami and sausage. There will also be protein-centric plates like meatball cacciatore, hen Parmesan, veal Milanese, and grilled rooster marsala. A desserts section will contain Italian favorites like chocolate panna cotta and tiramisu. A ricotta veloute will be served with porcini mushroom broth, and a seafood broth cioppino comes with salmon fricasse, shrimp, Italian sausage, and tomatoes.

Together with Italian aperitifs, Aperol spritzes, and Campari cocktails, wines from equally Italy and The united states will operate $35 to $250 by the bottle and $8 to $21 by the glass. A weekday content hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) will slash rates on tiny plates and flatbreads topped with elements like prosciutto, artichoke and spinach ricotta.

Ilhan says Italian foods is his personal beloved. His portfolio already addresses the cuisine at upper Northwest’s Al Dente — a takeout beloved of Dr. Anthony Fauci all through the pandemic. He also operates Turkish-motivated Ottoman Taverna and French-themed Brasserie Liberté in Georgetown.

Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan says the pandemic pushed him to open up a far more everyday restaurant in the old Mirabelle room
Rey Lopez/For Mirabelle

The 4,300-square-foot space’s unique midcentury glance from Norris Design Studio will mainly continue to be the similar. Glamorous touches incorporate pink reptilian upholstery, mirrored and gold accents, and a customized brass and wood chandelier hovering above a Carrara marble flooring set up.

Mirabelle’s great-eating pricing mirrored its ornate glimpse around the class of its lifespan, famously opening with a $26 ham and butter sandwich for lunch less than James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta, who created a controversial split just a yr later on. Adhering to a workers shakeup, Alinea alum Keith Bombaugh stepped in with prix-fixe menus ($75-$195) whole of French, Mid-Atlantic, and New England flavors. Mirabelle has been shut because D.C.’s 1st dine-in ban very last calendar year.

Ilhan claims the pandemic taught him that a pricey, distinctive celebration put serving theatrical and time-intensive foods would have to have to transform its design in buy to endure, which involved concentrating on far more than just an cost account group. He describes the forthcoming cafe as “not high-priced, but [still] advanced, and approachable to lots of walks of lifestyle.”

The restaurant’s spot at the corner of 16th and Eye Avenue NW puts it right on the border of year-old Black Lives Issue Plaza, which Ilhan claims creates an possibility to seize a new crowd of travellers.

A 22-seat marble bar encased in mirrored paneling is joined by a 100-seat eating area and wraparound patio for 60 more.
Rey Lopez/For Mirabelle

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