Neighborhood Eats: Eataly? Can It Be?

by Rebecca Cooper

The news that Mario Batali and Co. are planning to bring their Eataly concept to DC had the city restaurant scene buzzing this week, as foodies dreamt of salumi and fresh pasta. The DC location of the gourmet market-bar-restaurant combo would be at least as large as the 40,000 square-foot location in New York City, and include the imported products and beer garden that the New York location is known for. No word yet on where Eataly DC would be located, but we’re thinking somewhere downtown or perhaps the long-empty space at 14th and Q St. NW (probably not near enough square footage, though).

The delicacies of Eataly. Courtesy of singingbeagle.

In other food news this week…

Closing: Wine retailer Best Cellars will be closing its Clarendon Boulevard store in Arlington on July 16, a little more than a year after the owners closed their Dupont Circle location. All wines are currently 25 percent off, and beers are discounted by 20 percent. Employees at the store won’t say much about why the store is closing or what may take over the highly visible retail space on a strip that includes a Red Mango frozen yogurt shop and a Crumbs cupcake location.

Opening: Sweetgreen is opening its 10th DC location at The Avenue in Foggy Bottom on Friday. The fast-casual salad and yogurt shop will give away a free salad to the first 200 customers on its opening day. Sweetgreen is the first of several restaurants expected to open this summer in the massive development at 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, which also include another Circa location, Mediterranean small plates at Roti, and DC Commons/Burger, Tap & Shake.

Best Cellars

Opening…eventually: Just when it seemed like there wasn’t room for another pizza concept, Prince of Petworth reports that the folks behind Marvin are looking to open Satellite Pizza at 2047 9th St. NW, behind the 9:30 Club. The space is expected to have seating for nearly 150 patrons, with a third of those seats in a summer garden.

Opened: In the cool and refreshing department, Pitango Gelato has opened on Capitol Hill, at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. - the local chain’s fifth location. The shop, which features organic, house-made gelato and sorbet, is sandwiched between Seventh Hill Pizza and Peregrine Espresso, creating what owners are calling an “Italian Trifecta” just down the block from Eastern Market.

A few blocks away, another site for sweet treats—32 Below—opened just in time for summer. Located at 703 8th St. SE is sure to please those fans of the “serve yourself” yogurt concept i.e. the pay-by-weight, self-serve method of yogurt that has become popular in the DC area recently.

Events: We know that some dudes might shy away from an event called Bitches Summer Brunch but regardless of gender, this weekend’s brunch-cocktail party-fashion show-fundraiser seems too fun to pass up. The bloggers behind the Bitches Who Brunch blog are throwing the $45 per ticket bash on Saturday, July 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at Ris in the West End, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the DC Farm to School Network.

For a slightly more low-key daytime event this weekend, check out Local 16’s pig roast this Sunday as part of “Eat Local First Week.” For $15, you get Berkshire pork and local vegetables sourced from farms in Virginia, and two drinks to help you ease into Monday.

Rebecca Cooper is a freelance journalist and avid eater that has contributed to TBD, DCist, and Washingtonian. If you have any tips about restaurant or bars openings or closings, email Rebecca at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

See other articles related to: neighborhood eats, editors choice, eataly

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/neighborhood_eats_eataly_can_it_be/3767


  1. Elbow said at 11:17 am on Thursday July 7, 2011:

    DC is now competing with NYC and Chicago when it comes to restaurants…or at least starting to mimic them.

  1. dcspur said at 8:39 pm on Thursday July 7, 2011:

    I would think underneath Dupont Circle would be the perfect spot and would be plenty large enough to accommodate Eatly

  1. Elysia Casaday said at 4:52 pm on Tuesday July 26, 2011:

    i think Chinatown is the best location for Eataly. Perhaps space in former convention center location that is currently being developed.

Join the discussion

UrbanTurf now requires registration in order to post comments. Register here, or login below if you are already registered.

Click here if you forgot your password.

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

See more Northern Virginia »


Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

See more Maryland »

Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

See more Northwest DC »

Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

See more Southwest DC »

Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

See more Northeast DC »

Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

See more Southeast DC »

Upcoming Seminars ▾