Making Post-Michelin Moves
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(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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(Article by Carly Boers)

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Officina serves up three floors of fun on the Wharf
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(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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(Review by Tom Sietsema)

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At Officina, Stripped-Down Dishes Showcase High-End Italian Ingredients
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(Eater DC) Three weeks after opening Officina, chef Nicholas Stefanelli stands in red Nike high tops and a short-sleeved chef’s coat and explains how opening a restaurant is like working on a sports car. He had been through it once with his first place; Michelin-starred Masseria just turned 3. But this building, with all its moving parts, presents a more difficult track. “You’re constantly fine-tuning it,” he says. “You’re adjusting this here. Doing that there. Just constantly training.”

What began eight years ago as an idea for…

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(Article by Gabe Hiatt)

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ITALIAN ADVENTURE AT OFFICINA
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(Brightest Young Things) Calling Officina just a restaurant is not exactly accurate. The venue, which is located at the Wharf, is home to a café and market, a trattoria with an adjacent terrace, a rooftop bar and even an Amaro library where you can sample all of the Amaro your heart desires. It’s an Italian restaurant/marketplace/rooftop bar, 2.0.

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(Article by PRIYA KONINGS)

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The Most Notable New Bars in America, Fall/Winter 2018
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(PUNCH) The change in seasons always brings with it an abundance of noteworthy openings from coast to coast. With a mix of new spaces and concepts from industry veterans and rookie owners alike, this year is no exception. In downtown Los Angeles, Eric Alperin will helm the bar housed inside of an art deco icon, while an upscale grocery store scion will try his hand at serving cocktails and food on the Lower East Side; Washington, D.C. will get an impressive collection of amaro, and a historic New Orleans restaurant will be revived by two of the city’s great bartenders.

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(Article by PUNCH staff)

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Turning Tables: D.C.'s Masseria Chef Opens Sprawling Italian Concept
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(Wine Spectator) Chef Nicholas Stefanelli is opening Officina later this month, a three-story destination for Italian cuisine in the city's massive new waterfront complex, the Wharf. Officina will occupy 14,000 square feet, with a market on the first floor, a trattoria-style restaurant on the second floor and a rooftop bar with an adjacent private-event space. The market will include a wine shop, butcher, bakery, pizzeria, gelato bar and more.

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(Article by Julie Harans, Brianne Garrett)

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