Giuliana and Bill Rancic's RPM Italian gears up for its DC opening and more dining news below.
RPM Italian, the Chicago restaurant that is the brainchild of celebrity couple Giuliana—a Washington–area native—and Bill Rancic and their partners, is coming to Washington. Under the umbrella of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, which owns seven other DC–area restaurants, including Joe’s Seafood and Wildfire, the modern Italian restaurant, which was still under construction at print time, will open at 601 Massachusetts Avenue near Mount Vernon Square in 2015.
Enjoy the best of both worlds this holiday season by gathering the family for a delicious meal at home, while leaving the cooking and prep to someone else. Blue Duck Tavern and BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant are offering traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts to-go this year. At BDT, the six-to-eight-person menu for both occasions is $350 and includes a roasted, free-range turkey, two freshly baked breads, and four traditional sides, plus pies for dessert. BlackSalt’s menus are à la carte and feature turkeys, oysters, soups, sides, pies, and more. Order early—both restaurants require reservations in advance. Blue Duck Tavern, 9101 24th St., 202-419-6755; BlackSalt, 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202-342-9101
SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier Embraces at Sustainability
This holiday season, gift chocolate—and keep it local. A hidden gem in the Washington area, SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier gourmet chocolates are made from sustainably sourced premium cocoa and are handcrafted right in our backyard at the SPAGnVOLA chocolate factory in Gaithersburg. In addition to prioritizing quality control, the brand’s ingredients are harvested through sustainable farming practices that offer economic and empowerment opportunities for farmers. Take a tour of the Kentlands factory and boutique or pop into the outpost at National Harbor. 181 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD, 240-493-4609; factory tours are free but require reservations, 360 Main St., Ste. 100, Gaithersburg, 240-654-6972
Fiola's Holiday Special
Fiola pastry chef Tom Wellings’s intricate take on the holiday staple is a blown-sugar sphere filled with apple espuma and served on buckwheat dentelle with cider-poached Honeycrisp apples, warm gingerbread, and vanilla gelato. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-628-2888
Dolcezza Expands to CityCenterDC
What started in a 300-square-foot kitchen in Georgetown 10 years ago has blossomed into a DC dessert staple. Dolcezza, the small-batch and made-fresh-daily gelato that locals have come to treasure, is opening a new location in December at CityCenterDC. Just in time for the holidays, the company’s sixth shop—other locations include 14th and P, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Bethesda Row, and Fairfax—offers seasonal flavor favorites as well as coffee and espresso. Give the gift of gelato this year with the company’s Nostalgic Wintertime pack ($60), which includes one pint each of Pistachio Siciliano, Georgia Butter Pecan, Nocciola del Piemonte, and Peanut Butter Stracciatella. 904 Palmer Alley NW
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PARK HYATT WASHINGTON (BLUE DUCK TAVERN KITCHEN); ANJALI PINTO (RPM ITALIAN); JOSH COGAN (DOLCEZZA)