Nick Stefanelli strikes out on his own with a new Italian concept, the city's best dog-friendly happy hours, and more foodie news.
Nick Stefanelli Goes Out Solo
Chef Nick Stefanelli, a James Beard Foundation “Rising Star” nominee, is opening his first solo venture, Masseria, early this summer near Union Market. Born and raised in Maryland, Stefanelli made a name for himself at a number of restaurants specializing in Italian cuisine (Maestro in McLean, Fiamma in New York, and Bibiana in DC), where he developed his modern take on classic Italian fare. The new freestanding space will combine the industrial look of nearby Union Market and the feel of the Italian countryside (“masseria” refers to the farmhouses located on country estates in the Puglia region). Guests can look forward to coastal-inspired Italian dishes and quaint seating for 60, including a courtyard. Masseria, 1340 Fourth St. NE
David Guas' New Cookbook
Just in time for summer barbecues, chef and restaurateur David Guas, the host of Travel Channel’s American Grilled, has released his latest cookbook, Grill Nation: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips, and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro (Oxmoor House, $24.95). Recipes range from smoked pork tenderloin with sweet and spicy guava BBQ sauce to Cowboy cast-iron cornbread with charred jalapeñohoney butter. For the home-cooking averse, the New Orleans native also recently opened his second Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery at Hill Center at the old Naval Hospital on Capitol Hill. 901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-664-5307
Mastro's Steakhouse Opens a New Location
Mastro’s Steakhouse opens its second East Coast location, boasting a menu of premium steaks, family-style side dishes, homemade desserts, and unique indulgences, like the lobster mashed potatoes. 600 13th St. NW
Pennsylvania 6 Lands in DC
From the team that brought you City Tap House comes Pennsylvania 6 this summer. The American contemporary restaurant will feature a 70-foot bar and regional fare like lobster rolls (PICTURED) and monkfsh osso buco. 1350 I St. NW
Top Dog-Friendly Happy Hours
Summer in DC means dog-friendly happy hours galore. Art and Soul’s (415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202- 393-7777) Pooch Patio menu, available during lunch and dinner hours, includes the Happy Puppy, a three-ounce grilled steak, or the Gravy Train beef tips with rice. Piazza Beer Garden (7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 202-841-9114) serves up American and Italian-inspired fare, craft beers, and dog treats on its outdoor patio (weekdays from 4–7 pm). Mio Restaurant (1110 Vermont Ave. NW, 202-955-0075) offers Puerto Rican-inspired empanadas and salmon sliders, as well as complimentary dog biscuits with the purchase of a cocktail.