I eat a lot at Chef Bryan Moscatello's Zola Wine & Kitchen because it's near my office, fairly affordable, freshly made and let's face it, the guys that work there are cute. Potenza is Chef Bryan's Italian joint just up the road and over by The White House. I can't believe it took me so long to try it - it's part restaurant, part wine store and part bakery. What part of that wouldn't I be into?
Here's what I ate:
Arancini! Adorable fried risotto balls... on a bed of risotto and topped with fresh grated Parmesan.
Special of the Day: Vegetable Ravioli with Market-Fresh Squash
Chef Bryan has a commitment to serving fresh, local sourced food at all of his restaurants, so when something is the Chef's Special of the Day, it's a good choice. This ravioli had all of the latest vegetables I'd seen at the market blended inside soft pillowy raviolis. It was topped with Parmesan cheese as well, but the chunkier nature of the cheese contrasted well with the soft pasta.
It was worth a walk from Penn Quarter... and frankly, it felt great to walk back after a fantastic meal. Follow Chef Bryan on Twitter or make a reservation on OpenTable to experience Potenza.
Potenza is located at the corner of 15th & H Streets NW in Washington, DC and is super close to McPherson Square Metro.