Nibbles and Bits

December 20, 2011 | Food & Drink News

The Best of Spain
Eating well Spanish style 

Spot European bigwigs and cuisine connoisseurs galore at Taberna del Alabardero. The venerable dining spot has been delighting customers for 21 years with authentic Spanish cuisine. All of Madrid-born chef Javier Romero’s food is can’t-miss; try grilled duck foie gras with caramelized goat cheese, slow-cooked rockfish over wild mushroom and truffle infusion or pork cheek on a bed of perfectly seasoned spinach. A ringing endorsement? First Lady Michelle Obama had a private dinner with friends at Taberna’s sister outpost during her much-talkedabout summer vacation and raved it was “one of the best meals that we have had during our visit to Spain.” We’re thrilled we can get our fix so close to home. 1776 I St. NW

One Fish, Two Fish
An Italian eatery goes traditional 

Longing for a traditional Italian holiday meal experience? Potenza serves up authentic dishes for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a ritual of gastronomic goodness customarily prepared in southern Italy on Christmas Eve. At Potenza the feast will include seven of executive chef Bryan Moscatello’s favorite dishes, including salmon mignonette over Mediterranean couscous, artichoke tart with house-made stracciatella and tomato coulis, and a delectable chocolate-glazed pandoro for dessert. Get it while it lasts—the dinner is offered December 23–25 only. 15th and H Streets NW

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