After a Spring Break of nothing but school work, my cohort bestie and I both needed to ‘be a person’ (i.e. interact in the world outside of academia and escape from the just-above-the-poverty-line existence that is living on a grad school stipend), so we headed into Chinatown to check out Graffiato, a trendy Italian inspired eatery.

Since we didn’t have a reservation, there was a slight wait which gave me time to grab a glass of prosecco ON TAP. I didn’t even know prosecco on draft was a thing, but I was very pleased as I do enjoy a glass of this sparkling wine. Although we were originally told the wait for a table would be 30 minutes, after about 15 we were escorted to the upstairs dining area.

Graffiato’s menu is a mix of small plates and pizzas with enough choices to have a selection without being overwhelmed. We started with a sampling of the Cheese & Cure – Clothbound Cheddar, Humboldt Fog (goat), Hudson Camembert, Olli Toscano (salami), and Proscuitto Di Parma. The cheeses were divine and I couldn’t resist sampling the proscuitto. It looked so tender which it was, and it had such a nice balanced flavor, a slight salty yet sweet. We followed the Cheese & Cure with a Jersey Shore Pizza (aka fried calamari pizza). The pizza was chewy but crisp, and the cherry pepper aioli gave it a nice kick. The calamari was amazing! I’ll definitely order this again.

All in all Graffiato made us feel like ‘a person.’ First half of the semester complete. Second half of the semester let’s go!

707 6th St NW
Washington DC 20001
(202) 289-3600

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