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  1. I didn't see a topic on Zola, so since Rockwell has indicated he wants a thread on all the restaurants in DC (that's quite a goal) I thought I'd start one. Had a restaurant week dinner at Zola last night. Everything on the menu was available with no upcharges. I started with the appetizer of mussels in a broth of sage, garlic, and white anchovies -- very nice, and a huge portion for an appetizer. For an entree I again went the shellfish route and had scallops served on a bed of corn and applewood bacon. The scallops were perfectly cooked, but the entree was slightly undersalted (the bacon helped, but only a little). Dessert was their "flight" of butterscotches. I was hoping for less butter and more scotch, but it was still good, I guess. Dessert, again lost on me. The drinks (as they always are at Zola) were fabulous. But I'm really leaving out the best part. I really hope someone involved with the operation of Zola is reading this: We were an 8 top of the most annoying kind -- guests arriving staggered, some pretty late. We were all young. Some weren't exactly well dressed. It would have been easy for any server to look at serving our table as a chore. But our waiter -- whose name, I unfortunately, have forgotten? He was fantastic. A-triple plus. At the bar after the meal, I polled the rest of our merry band on how they felt about the meal. The standard quote: "The food was good, I liked it, but the service was awesome!" Zola manager/owner/whoever: Find the waiter serving the 8 top that was to have been seated at 6 PM, 8/3/05. And tell him that he was easily one of the best waiters I've ever had in DC. Thank you. And yes, we left appropriate compensation.
  2. Potenza Italian Restaurant and Bakery Corner of 15th and H Streets, NW a - they have a full menu, full bar, and Neapolitan Style pizza They just opened Monday- you could try this new place and let us know!
  3. As a deeply conservative individual I can't help but be suspicious of a wine shop that announces itself thus: "a new concept in the nation's capital: a distinctive wine shop combined with a chef's test kitchen so patrons can see new recipes in the making while wine shopping in the Penn Quarter." Seems forced, at best. I mean, have you ever said to yourself: "nice selection? If only there were a chef nearby testing out a new seasonally appropriate locavor grass-fed beef dish in the room, this place would be perfect"? And language like "artfully displayed "great find" wines from around the world....n addition to the striking walls of wines in the shop [which is, natch, designed by Adamstein & Demetriou] , seasonality will be taken into consideration in four "food columns" which flank the space. Here, to help demystify the wine buying experience wine is paired to match specific food types ranging from Asian and Italian to BBQ, as well as seasonal offerings from holiday festivities to special occasions" reminds me way too much of Best Cellars, the wine shop that sells cases of justifiably obscure plonk through a similar "artful display and demystification" strategy. Christ, maybe that's what people need to buy wine in a recession: interior design and cue cards. Those Penn Quarter condos can't be appreciating. On the other hand (he said, shaking off his hangover), proprietors can't be blamed for the breathless prose of their press agents and the insecurities of the wine-buying public. And a shop stocking 400 varieties of decent vino (allegedly " ranging from famous to little known boutique producers, exciting new offerings as well as hard to find cult wines") in Penn Quarter gives the neighborhood an important bit of yuppie infrastructure and a summertime Thursday trifecta -- the Penn Quarter Market, Cowgirl Creamery and, now, Zola Wine & Kitchen. There also will be a comfortable couch for make-out sessions before deciding how much to spend on wine for your date or for perusing Zola-provided glossy wine magazines and cheat sheets that always seem too pretentious and expensive to buy yourself but which you're always secretly eager to page through. And, while the phrase " selection of pre-packaged sandwiches and gourmet products" is today used to describe anything from actual "gourmet" food to shrink-wrapped dreck (the list actually looks like the former, with the caveat that the proof is in the eating) , it appears that we'll no longer be dependent on those soft pretzel and cold hot dog trucks to assemble an on-the-Mall picnic. One hopes that they'll also stock go-cups and cheap plastic corkcrews so we can match the gourmandise with something besides Diet Pepsi without attracting the attention of the Park Police. (Get there early Inauguration Day!). You can rent the kitchen for parties. No word on whether civilians get to play with the cool (earning two paragraphs in the press release, almost as much as the wine) stove. More here Zola Wine & Kitchen 505 9th Street, NW 202-639-9463 M-S 11-8, Sun. (starting soon, call first) 12-6 (Note to Press Team and Zola management: damn hard to find the phone number and hours)
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