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When Michael Kosmides and Jose Garcia took control of Teatro Goldoni on K Street NW, the owners did something that few thought possible: They made the old power-alley, commedia dell’Arte haunt an actual player again on the restaurant scene. They did so by hiring former Roberto Donna acolyte, Enzo Fargione, who’s not only developed his own style of cooking in recent years, but has also quickly established himself as one of the top chefs in the District.
Kosmides and Garcia hope to strike gold again when they open another place, still unnamed, just a couple of blocks from Teatro Goldoni. According to a well-placed source who requested anonymity, the partners signed a lease on a space near 19th and I streets for a planned Mediterranean-style restaurant. The concept hasn’t been finalized yet, but it could include tapas and Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Fargione will likely play a large role in developing the concept and hiring the chef to run the kitchen at the new restaurant. Its price points will be considerably lower than those at Goldoni, where a multi-course tasting menu at the chef’s table can set you back $150 if you’re not careful (and you really shouldn’t be if you ever get a chance to eat there).
The restaurant, the source says, could be open by December, just in time for holiday parties. Well, for those companies that can still afford to host holiday parties.