All sorts of new food and drink options are in the works along the already bustling 14th Street corridor. These notably include a Greek concept from Graffiato chef-owner Mike Isabella, a Southeast Asian-themed eatery by Proof and Estadio’s Mark Kuller, as well as two joints by the prolific Matchbox Food Group. Among the various announced projects, however, one particular style of cooking stands out as the cuisine du jour. At least three Italian-themed restaurants are under development, all within a block and a half of each other. Herewith, a look at the future red sauce district:

1. Name: M Cafe
Location: 1634 14th St. NW
Operator: Iraklis Karabassis, owner of Sette Osteria and co-founder of Cafe Milano
Concept: “New Italian bistro serving contemporary Italian cuisine”

2. Name: To Be Determined
Location: 1610 14th St. NW
Operator: Ari Gejdenson, executive chef at Acqua al 2
Concept: “New full service Italian gastro-pub

3. Name: To Be Determined
Location: 1541 14th St. NW
Operator: Tad Curtz, co-owner of Standard
Concept: “New restaurant with Italian cuisine

Illustration by Brooke Hatfield