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Graffiato’s first restaurant opened in DC and made it’s way to a second location in Richmond, VA. It’s not your typical traditional Italian restaurant. It has unique flavors like roasted cauliflower and charred octopus in addition to hand-rolled pastas, artisanal pizzas, small plates, and gelato. The owner, Chef Mike Isabella, grew up with an Italian-American grandmother and has been featured in Food & Wine Magezine, Top Chef, and as the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars. He owns nine restaurants in the DC, MD, and VA area, so I’d say he knows a thing or two about good food. Now before you start thinking “this restaurant is probably fancy and expensive”, it’s really not. The prices are extremely reasonable…I’m talking $15 for pasta or a pizza that’s made with locally-sourced ingredients. They turn a basic salad into something rich and flavorful and create a pizza that melts in your mouth. And for the gluten-free people out there, the GF version of the Herb Tagliatelle was an out-of-body experience!
A restaurant offering gluten-free or other dietary options does not does mean ‘allergy-free’ facility as their kitchens are not guaranteed to be 100% allergy-free and cross contamination may occur.