Venture Beyond the National Mall to See Some of Washington DC's Most Compelling Corners

(Travel + Leisure) On a Wednesday afternoon, there were few people strolling its waterfront walkway, but I found a cheerful crowd as soon as I entered Officina, chef Nick Stefanelli's three-story Italian marketplace-restaurant-rooftop bar. Like the rest of the Wharf, Officina still has a just-out-of-the-package shine, from the marble counters to the glass case displaying house-made sausages.

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Romie Stefanelli
Making Post-Michelin Moves

(FSR Magazine) Last October, Washington, D.C., restaurateur and chef Nick Stefanelli gifted District residents with Officina, a three-floor trattoria, café, and market. The name, which translates to “workshop,” deftly describes the venture, which marries craft and creativity in various outlets. From a library of Italian liqueur and a specialty product shop to an expansive outdoor terrace and more traditional dining area, Officina is capitalizing on its mixed formats and Italian roots.

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Meaghan Webster
Officina serves up three floors of fun on the Wharf

(The Washington Post) To visit Officina is to marvel at the chef’s ability to woo us day and night with a ground-floor cafe, bar and market; a second-floor trattoria whose best tables look onto the neighborhood’s past; and a rooftop terrazzo with fire pits and a forthcoming aluminum cover that will allow for year-round toasting.

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Meaghan Webster