The Rammy awards proclaimed Fiola Mare as this year’s best new restaurant in Washington, D.C. The Washington Harbour-based seafood restaurant, which opened its doors in Februrary 2014, beat contenders Crane & Turtle, the Partisan, Republica and TICO to earn top marks.
The Rammy is the latest honor for chef-owner Fabio Trabocchi’s eatery, which has made a splash since its debut. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dined there. Fiola Mare was featured in the March 12, 2014, Georgetowner with Trabocchi and his wife Maria shown on the cover.
The Italian-inspired cuisine has also launched Fiola Mare onto Washingtonian’s Best Restaurants list, Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurants. The restaurant was named Zagat’s Best Restaurant in D.C.
Trabocchi’s menu highlights an extensive wine list, seafood dishes like lobster ravioli and elegant Italian pastries.
The husband-wife team manages two other D.C. restaurants, Fiola and Casa Luca, located in the Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Square neighborhoods, respectively.
Sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the 33rd annual Rammy awards honored local chefs and restaurants in 21 different categories.
Aside from Fiola Mare, three other Georgetown-area establishments—Bourbon Steak,Pizzeria Paradiso and Capella Hotel —were selected for Cocktail Program of the Year, Beer Program of the Year, and Pastry Chef of the Year for Agnes Chin of the Grill Room at the Capella.
To learn more about Chef Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, click here
As provided by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the following is a complete list of winners of the 33rd Annual Rammy Awards:
Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: EagleBank
Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Herbert Miller, Western Development Corporation, Chairman & CEO
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Evan Labb, Evening Star Cafe
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Joseph Cerione, Blue Duck Tavern
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: George Pagonis, Kapnos
Service Program of the Year: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Favorite Gathering Place: Bar Pilar
Upscale Casual Brunch: Le Diplomate
Everyday Casual Brunch: The Daily Dish
Favorite Fast Bites: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Upscale Casual Restaurant: Mintwood Place
Everyday Casual Restaurant: DGS Delicatessen
Beer Program of the Year: Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown
Cocktail Program of the Year: Bourbon Steak
Wine Program of the Year: Iron Gate
Pastry Chef of the Year: Agnes Chin, The Grill Room
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
New Restaurant of the Year: Fiola Mare
Restaurateur of the Year: José Andrés and Rob Wilder, ThinkFoodGroup
Chef of the Year: Victor Albisu, Del Campo and Taco Bamba