Aaron Silverman
Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

Restaurant: Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls Location: Washington, DC. If there's a restaurant equivalent to the Broadway hit Hamilton, it's Aaron Silverman's Rose's Luxury. "Our food is eclectic, our playlist is eclectic and there are no rules," says Silverman. His new Pineapple and Pearls is an adventure in high-low dining: coffeehouse by day, tasting-menu restaurant at night.  Why We Love Silverman's Spot 1. The LineRose's doesn't take reservations, so there'sa notorious line. Consider it a place to socialize; you can only stare at your phone for so long. 2. The FreebiesServers at Rose's treat customers like friends. To create a sense of luxury, they are allowed to give a free dish to every table they wait on. 3. The BreadAs soon as they are seated, guests at Rose's are served a warm loaf of potato bread, whipped butter and crispy crumbled potato skins with chives. 4. The MenuPork sausage with lychee salad is Rose's signature dish; fried spring vegetables with eel sauce is a new favorite. And always order the cacio e pepe pasta. 5. The DesignSilverman decorated Rose's with an idiosyncratic mix of items, from a neon awesome sign to toy soldiers fighting battles.  6. The NamesakeRose's is named for Silverman's grandmother, a socialite who loved to entertain and ran a baking business from her Pittsburgh home. 7. The SymbolsSays Silverman about Pineapple and Pearls: "The pineapple represents hospitality. Pearls symbolize elegance, but they're a common luxury." 8. The BreakfastThe coffee bar at Pineapple and Pearls has a short menu that includes a Mexican hot chocolate roll, a pineapple roll and a fried chicken sandwich. 9. The MixFor dinner at Pineapple and Pearls, Silverman serves both new dishes and classics, like egg-enriched consommé with spring vegetables. 10. The ArtThe coffee shop's floor is a stunning modern mosaic; the dining room is decorated with a giant, mesmerizing string-and-Mylar mural
Fun fact: Servers at Rose’s are allowed to give one free dish to every table they wait on. Read more about this amazing DC talent, one of the new Food & Wine Best New Chefs.
Goat Ricotta with Peaches
Rating: Unrated
Making homemade ricotta cheese is far easier than it seems. In this version from chef Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury in Washington, DC, goat milk adds a mild, pleasant tang to the cheese, which gets mixed with a bit of olive oil for extra lushness. Slideshow:  More Ricotta Recipes