Dino Arrives in Cleveland Park

When Yanyu closed its doors back in February, fans of its peking duck and pan-Asian tapas shed a collective tear. But the space (3435 Connecticut Ave. NW) will once again welcome diners when Dino opens Wednesday, July 6. Billed as "somewhere between a wine-based osteria and a family-run trattoria," according to a press release, Dino will serve artisan cheeses, pasta, grilled and rotisserie meats and fresh seafood. The man behind the stove is CIA graduate Johnny Neilsen, formerly of Aria, The Mark/Andale, Palena and Tribecca Grill in New York City.

Liquor connoisseurs take note: Dino is boasting D.C.'s first exclusively artisan alcohol program. The beverage list comprises small, artisan producers like Broker's Gin and Old Pogue's Bourbon.

A few of the cocktails that will be featured (prices will range from $7 to $11):
*Bellini of the day - Flavors include Blood Orange, Pear Brandy and Peach
*Anna 'Sta Notte - Limoncello, Prosecco, grappa-sugar cube
*Negroni - Brokers Gin, Campari, Antica Formula Vermouth, orange bitters
*Cin Cyn - Junipero Gin, Punt E Mes, Cynar Artichoke Liqueur
*Blood & Sand - Asyla Scotch Whiskey, Maraschino Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, OJ
*Soprano - Bacardi Limon, Amaretto, Cranberry Juice
*Eden - Hendricks Gin, Campari, Lemon Juice, Rose Syrup
*V.S.C. (Very Sexy Cocktail) - Hangar One Lemon Vodka, Cassis, Lemon Sour, Champagne
and Marinated Wild Berries (Sugar & Grand Marnier)

Also of note is the wine pricing. According to the release, "The basic pricing policy will be retail plus $10 for readily available wines." That's a far cry from the exorbitant mark-ups found in most restaurants. A peek at the wine list reveals plenty of bottles under $30.