Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

Foodie Friday – In Praise of Fabio Trabocchi

September 4, 2021

We were in Washington DC last month and wanted to eat somewhere in Georgetown where we were staying.  We were delighted to see Fiola Mare, part of the Trabocchi group, was 100 yards away on the waterfront.


Fabio is a Michelin chef with his starred Fiola flagship in Washington – his contemporary Fiola Mare lively Italian seafood paradise in Georgetown, a couple of outposts in Miami and Venice, a handmade pasta house and a Spanish tapas/seafood restaurant on the wharf.

Fiola Mare is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Outstanding wine list with a couple of tip top sommeliers, a bubbly Irish Philly raconteur Master Sommelier Dan McDaid with an endless stream of stories and his partner-in-wine Megumi Awaya – a hospitality expert passionate in her love of wine.

We loved the buzz, design, crowd, bar, wine, and food so much, we went there on both our days in Georgetown – once for a decadent four hour lunch and once for a relaxed, happy dinner.  Oysters, Spanish grilled sardines, grilled whole Dover sole – vagabond luxury.

Bravo Signor Fabio and team (with an honorary mention to Faith Serrano, who ‘captained’ our on-site service in a human, caring and fun way – Bravo Faith).


PS: And a dessert menu including a Campfire Sundae (toasted marshmallow gelato with caribe chocolate sauce, caramel popcorn, honey cracker and smoked sea salt), plus throwbacks and seasonal specialties – a Grand Chocolate Tower, a selection of ‘wellness’ organic chocolate from Sicily (optimism, beauty, health and youth were the choices) – all washed down with Bacardi’s Facundo private collection rums, rare tequilas/cognacs, rare bourbons, grappa, ports and excellent vin santos).  Vagabond luxury indeed.


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