Chef 5 Bites: Domenico Cornacchia
Domenico Cornacchia is the chef/owner of Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in Bethesda and Assaggi Osteria in McLean. Here's where the native of Ascoli-Piceno, Italy, likes to dine when he's not behind the stove.
1. I usually like to go to Portuguese Club for the bacalhau, delicious boiled bacalau with chunks of boiled potatoes, onions and broccoli. Very tender and tasty bacalau.
2. At Pho 75, I love the steaming pho (No. 13), thinly sliced rib eye and slivers of tendon in the delicious oxtail broth brimming with scallions, cilantro and rice noodles and the beef sits on top. (I always ask for the meat to be rare.)
3. At Shamshiry, the mast-o-Musir (creamy yogurt with shallots) as an appetizer (you take the lavash bread and scoop up the yogurt!). Also, the tahdig (the crusty part of the basmati rice) topped with one of the daily stewed sauces is a must for starters. For my main dish I always order the Chelo-Kabob Shamshiry, a combination of grilled ground beef kabob and pounded tenderloin kabob served with steaming white basmati rice infused with saffron.
4. I usually ask the server for the recommendation of the chef (sashimi, and perhaps the spicy jalapeno roll) at Sushiko.
5. Penne with broccoli and pecorino cheese at Pasta Mia
CHEF 5 BITES.
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