Another good dinner at Graffiato. I think I might just live a charmed life or . . . something. I went here, in part, because of the recent negative reports, and had basically the same good experience as before. The people working tonight were flat-out fantastic and the pizza was nice and crispy, with a good char on the crust. We also got the pepperoni sauce, which is like I imagine crack to be, and the crispy lamb, which was, indeed, crispy (and particularly lamby, which I like). The only semi-dud we got was the octopus, which was fine, but I've had it better here. I just don't think they got great octopus in today. It happens. The zeppole dessert is fantastic, too.
If Mike Isabella hadn't been on Top Chef this place wouldn't exist. Whatever. In my experience, it's always been good, and it makes me wonder if the haters are just hating on fame in general. If so, they're disrespecting the great staff because their boss was on TV. But I think this is probably not the case. Rather, I can see how this place could get overwhelmed and maybe put out some sub-par stuff when slammed, particularly pizzas (they cook a lot of stuff in that oven, and space is at a premium). So, I guess my advice would be to try it at an off time, or a slow night.
(Hey, you forgot to mention I asked you to post this!)
The problem with "Mike" is that he's too closely linked with "Spike."
One can cook like a journeyman professional cyclist can ride a bike.
(Let's not forget, he was Chef de Cuisine at a restaurant people like.)
The other cooks sloppy, greasy garbage, and needs to take a hike.
And that is why haters gonna hate, sure as a tyke gonna ride a trike.
The difference is the difference between a gutter ball and a strike.
These two chefs, despite appearances, are simply not at all alike.You know, I really don't enjoy being a prick to this gentleman, but to issue false praise would be like endorsing McDonald's just because it's famous and popular. Despite its playful nature, this is a deadly serious restaurant website, and I owe our readership nothing less than honesty and integrity. Spike Mendelsohn may well be one of the five most famous chefs in the Washington, DC area right now, and that is nothing short of a fucking joke, and it's an absolute insult to the 1,000 unknown, hard-working line cooks in this area supporting their families while making $15 dollars an hour who can cook circles around him. Yes, that's right, I said one thousand.
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