12.05.2006

D'Acqua Set To Open This Month

D'Acqua, the new restaurant from chefs Francesco Ricchi and Enzo Febbraro, is slated to open by mid-December, possibly as early as next week.

The modern Italian seafood restaurant will fill the void at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW left by the sudden closure of Signatures a year ago. On the menu: housemade pork and lamb sausages served with broccoli rabe, Neapolitan style; ravioli filled with seafood and porcini mushrooms in a lemon and marjoram sauce; slow cooked lamb shank "osso buco" style; and grilled cornish hen served with citrus sauce. Ricchi brings Northern Italian influences to the cuisine, while Febbraro adds a Southern Italian flavor.

A display in the restaurant will showcase daily seafood offerings, priced per pound, from which diners can choose their meal. The seafood will be available oven roasted, grilled or salt crusted.

Ricchi opened iRicchi in 1989 and now owns Cesco in Bethesda, which he launched with chef Roberto Donna. Febbraro was previously executive chef at Filomena and Café Milano.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Went for lunch during restaurant week: Terrible!

I will not be returning and wanted to help you avoid the same error in restaurant selection.

Taking the old place of the scandalized Signatures, D'Acqua creates its own scandal (without the help of Jack Abramoff) by serving up stunning incompetency in service and food quality. When one member of our party requested a dish without sauce because of his dietary restrictions, the waiter refused and instead tried to "upsell" a more expensive item. And while the bread was delicious, it was all one member of our dining party had to eat during the first course; she waited for 20 minutes for the dish to arrive after reminding the waiter of her missing salad. Many dishes were served cold when the should have been hot. There were other complaints throughout the meal, such as the lack of olive oil at the table, the meager portions, and the inattentive and sweaty waiter, but the worst insult came when the bill arrived and the 10 oz. bottles of coke cost us $4.00 a piece.

After our negative dining experience, our party had to wonder whether the management of D'Acqua expects to survive in the hyper-competitive restaurant environment of downtown DC. If not, perhaps they might be better equipped to prepare food for their predecessor, Jack Abramoff, at his new residence.

Anonymous said...

In response to the comments from Jordan. Anyone who can be that negative about a restaurant during restaurant week does not have a clue about food. That restaurant has only been open for two weeks and all I have heard are great things. Of course there are things that need work but overall i was very pleased. Go back to eating at Burger King you idiot!

Lee said...

My husband and I thought the service and food at D'Acqua was excellent. The reduction sauce served with the shrimp tempura (by the way, the biggest shrimp I’ve ever eaten) was to die for and the presentation of the lump crab meat appetizer was simply beautiful. I love Italian food, but I love seafood even more so I must say that the vast selection of pastas, Italian sausages, clams, scallops, fish and lobster, was heaven to me. After the appetizers I ordered the lobster, and my husband ordered scialatielli with sausage, pesto, basil and cheese. We ended up splitting both dishes and topping off our meal with the profiteroles and the best gelati/sorbetti that I’ve ever tasted. You could actually taste the hazelnut, raspberry and vanilla bean with every bite. I thought the ambiance was great and the service was perfect. Our waiter was attentive but not over-bearing. The couple sitting next to us ordered the red snapper, baked and salt-crusted, and ranted and raved about how delicious it was. We will most definitely be coming back again, next time to try that red snapper!