Monday, January 31, 2011

Fiola Week 1

Demolition complete! Fiola started construction on Friday despite the snow and the freezing rain.

we are still on target for opening at the scheduled date in April.

The space is really big and we can clearly see now the different designated areas for bar/lounge, bathrooms, dining room, private room.........if I could only start cooking!

Lots of work in the office, getting all the suppliers, accounts, looking at resumes, staff interviews.

It is fundamental to find the right team.

Today we met with John Redmon who will be doing our website. Him and his team did a brilliant job with my website, it was only logical to have them follow with Fiola. Must add that it is very easy to work with them since John was one of our regulars at Maestro and has great and impressive knowledge of food, wine and the restaurant industry.

It doesn't feel so bad to have a birthday today, a new restaurant, productive day, and little celebratory Private dinner tonite.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday Suppers Fundraiser for the Hungry
and this is what I will be doing next Sunday, cooking for a great cause that benefits our community.
Hope to see you there.

Monday, another week

It is Monday again, and that means that we are closer to Fiola time!
Another week has passed and lots has been achieved. Demolition set to start any moment now, and though it will be dirty, messy, somehow is welcome!
Feel bad for interrupting the day to day operations of our building tenant, but hopefully the result will be well worth it for all.

Checking the news, here we are on BizBash as one of the top 10 new Venues in Washington DC to visit, what an honor! Thank you BizBash!

we also have a new twitter account, please follow us on @fioladc for faster updates.
Back to work now. Illy espresso coming up!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 2011!!!

Happy New Year 2011.

2011 is here and so the construction of Fiola begins. In a couple of days we will have the dumpster in place and lots of dust and bricks will be going in there. We are excited about it, can't wait to see the new Fiola face.

Griz, our architect, my partner and I have been working non stop to get the required paper work, utilities, design final touches, ordering kitchen equipment, plates, glasses.....and the list does not stop, with one goal in mind, the opening of Fiola by Fabio Trabocchi sometime in April.

It is unbelievable to see how expensive everything is and how much attention to detail is needed.

We have a lot of inquiries, you can send those to or if it is media related to we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns.

On another note, The National Gallery of Art will be featuring my menu at the Garden Cafe Italia (on the West Building), their restaurant starting in February 12, 2011 to March 20th, 2012. You can find the information at Chef David Rogers from the National Gallery has been a great allied making this happen.

If you come across a DC Modern Luxury magazine for January, it is their Power Edition, and I am featured along chef Mike Isabella as one of the Top Chefs.
More pictures will be uploaded soon regarding the construction as well as our soon to come website, twitter and facebook.
back to writing menus....