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Graffiato; Washington, DC

Known to reference his Italian grandma’s cooking on Top Chef: Las Vegas and All-Stars, Mike Isabella now pays tribute to her Sunday suppers at Graffiato. The minimalist spot serves pastas as small plates, including a version of nonna’s hand-cut spaghetti with cherry tomatoes; it also turns out fantastic, wood-grilled pizzas. Isabella recently opened the Mexican-themed Bandolero, which nods to his experience cooking at Philadelphia’s El Vez with a mescal-heavy cocktail list and offerings like shrimp cocktail with charred tomatoes, and crispy short rib nachos. graffiatodc.com; bandolerodc.com

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