Bibiana opened four weeks ago and has already made it's mark as the go to Italian in the fair city of Washington. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli weaned at Maestro's in The Ritz in Tysons Corner under Master Chef Fabio Trabocchi has finally found a place where he can spread his wings and fly! And he soars like an Eagle!
Bibiana, the restaurant not the Martyr Saint of Roman times falls under the Umbrella of the same owners of Rasika, The Oval Room, 701, The bambay Club and others-all well run and excellent in their own rights. Bibiana is the newest sister to join this noble family and like the saint may too become the favorite!
The decor suits me to a tea! Hip and Elegant, warm woods and open panels that tempt us to capture glances into the kitchen. Glistening Chandeliers that remind us the italy is about style and design. Beautiful finishes and cozy layouts make Stefanelli's dining room his home and he makes it yours.
Stefanelli brings to the table the rustic offerings that make us yearn for trips to Bologna, Tagliatelli Bolognese and not a sparse offering but a tasty portion that reminds us that Stefanelli knows Italian and loves Italian, is Italian and shares with you everything that is Italian from the toasted artichoke hearts to polpettini and elegant REAL Mozzarella! The food is fabulous, elegant and presented by a fine assembly waiters you will recognize from the moment you walk in the door. Service is excellent and not in your face, glasses are filled without asking, food appears the moment it is ready, hot and delicious! The Wine Someliere Francesco is from Amalfi and knows the beautiful selection of Italian and American wines they have carefully put together. I was not surprised at the selections he made for us, they were a perfect match for our elegant meal. My friends had the branzino-mediteranea n sea bass that was perfectly cooked and finished in the coal burning brick over to perfection. It was a joy to watch Francesco de-bone the fish as only Italians can. Sides of Brocolli Rape and Rocket salad brought tears to my eyes as I longed for the caresses of my sweet Nonna!
Then came dessert, a pastry chef brought to you straight from heaven! Bomboli covered in chocolate and espresso with caramel gelato-Mamma Mia!!! I can't wait to get back there tonight and claim a more permanent throne to hold court at Bibiana on a regular basis!
Get there and get there fast, you're soon not tofind a seat.