|A TV screen displays the day's menu|
Once you get closer, however, you realize that the glimmer in the window is really a TV screen, which displays that day's menu--and yes, it changes every day. Underneath, fresh flowers are planted in a flower box.
You grab the door handle, a custom-molded scripted "F," and walk into the bar.
The bar is lively and beautifully decorated. Large chandeliers hang from the ceiling, the columns are gilded in gold and imprinted with drawings of leaves. Around the bar are several nooks and crannies where small bar tables make for the perfect environment for meeting a friend for a drink.
Behind the bar are some stairs that lead down into the recessed main dining room. The dining room is simple and elegant. The tables don't have table cloths, but are made from eye-catching laminated wood. The chairs and booths are fashionable and comfortable.
|Windows look into the kitchen|
The restaurant is loud, however. With hardwood floors, an open layout, and metal columns, sound definitely travels. But the atmosphere is not one of a quiet restaurant, the place is very lively.
The staff is incredible. Even though they have only been open for days, the service was among the best we have seen in Penn Quarter. The wait staff was knowledgeable on every dish, not only describing it, but telling you its Italian history and Fabio Trabocchi's take on it.
|Warm bread with homemade olive oil|