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Finding the public entrance to Fiola was tricky enough the first time. Pennsylvania Avenue? Pshaw! Locating the back door where VIPs sneak in sounds even more complicated: “Drive through the brick alley connecting Pennsylvania Ave. and C St. alongside Fiola. Exit in the courtyard between the office buildings, and the door is a few steps down the corridor on the left.”
Dining Bisnow today explores the seedy underworld of secret entrances to D.C. restaurants, the unmarked back doors used by politicians, lobbyists, dignitaries—-even the random comedian like Kathy Griffin.
It’s a D.C. thing, says Fiola’s Maria Trabocchi: “People in New York prefer to be seen. In DC, people like to be more private and rightfully so.“
Photo courtesy of Dining Bisnow