It’s about tradition. It’s about juxtaposition. Oh, who are we kidding?! It’s all about the food!!
Last last week, restaurateur Hakan Ilhan announced the opening of Alba Osteria, a sister restaurant to award-winning Al Dente, anticipated for December 15th. Alba Osteria will feature authentic Italian inspired from the Piedmonte region of Italy, Executive Chef Roberto Donna’s homeland, which is situated between the region’s wine country and agricultural center.
Joined by Chef de Cuisine Amy Brandwein, who previously served as his executive chef at Galileo, Donna has created a menu comprised of house-made pastas (small and large portions) and Neapolitan pizzas — with “Italian sized” portioned daily specials, designed to be ordered and shared for the table in a Piemontese fashion ($5-$19).
Alba’s interior is where old world meets new, where jolts of bright orange assault an otherwise everyday interior of black and white. Glamorous finishes contract with hints of the industrial. And lighting is a mix of turn-of-the-century industrial luminaires, stage lighting, and chic black chandeliers… all providing visual contradiction.
The ambiance attracts, but it’s food first. And all in all, you may just be so charmed by the osteria’s offerings you’ll forget you’re not in the boot, but still in the Beltway.
*Alba Osteria is located at 425 I Street, NW, 20001
Photos courtesy of AlbaOsteriadc.com