Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sweet Simplicity: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Old Chandler Strawberries

Nothing tastes more like Spring than creamy goat cheese and the season's first sweet strawberries. Pastry Chef Tom Wellings is offering a goat cheese panna cotta with Chandler strawberries, which are served macerated, churned into a refreshing sorbetto, and also whipped into a strawberry froth. 

The Chandler is an old variety of strawberry known for its sweetness and flavor.

Chandler Strawberries

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Chandler Strawberries

 The panna cotta is also garnished with a Szechuan peppercorn tuile. E' arrivata La Primavera! Spring has arrived!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The World Cup of Pinot Noir

The World Cup Trophy
In the wine cellar as on the soccer pitch, there are different styles. On Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Wine Director John Toigo will lead a tasting of pinot noir from France, Italy and the United States, as well as a newcomer from New Zealand.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
"The World Cup of Pinot Noir"
  • Ca’ del Bosco, “Pinero”, Sebino, Lombardy, Italy 2007
  • Frédéric Magnien, “Herbuottes”, Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy, France 2007
  • Clouds Rest, “Limited Release”, Sonoma Coast, CA 2007
  • Loimer, “Dechant”, Kamptal, Austria 2007
  • Bodega Chacra, “Barda”, Mendoza, Argentina  2010
  • Spy Valley, “Envoy”, Marlborough, New Zealand 2007
And don't miss the Final Class in the series for this season!

Thursday, July 11, 2013
“Maria’s Favorite Wines of Spain”
The Spanish wines we love to drink.
  • Lopez de Heredia, “Viña Tondonia”, Tempranillo, Reserva, Rioja 2001
  • Lopez de Heredia, “Viña Tondonia”, Tempranillo, Grand  Reserva, Rioja  1994
  • Jean Leon, “Vinya La Scala”, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Reserva, Penedes 2001
  • Jean Leon, “Vinya La Scala”, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Reserva, Penedes 1994
  • Los Astrales, “Astrales”, Tempranillo, Ribera Del Duero, 2009
  • Anima Negra, “AN”, Callet/Mantonegre/Fogoneu, Mallorca, Spain 2010
Price is $85 per person per class and includes snacks and a class packet featuring wine specifications, tasting notes, and more.

Payment must be made at the time of reservation. Email for credit card authorization form.

Class Cancellation Policy
Cancellations with a full refund are accepted up to 72 hours prior to tasting date. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after this point. If we must cancel or reschedule the class for any reason, your registration fee will be refunded or you may elect to transfer your balance to a future class.

There are no prerequisites for our classes. Our goal is to build our customer’s confidence in selecting wines and increase their enjoyment of wines.  

Take it Outside!

Nothing is better than dining outdoors now that we're getting some warmer days and nights. The Fiola patio is perfect for spring dining "al fresco" for either lunch or dinner.

Fiola Patio
In the afternoon our patio is cool under the shade of our striped orange umbrellas. At night you can enjoy festive dining under the stars. 

Cool breezes, great food!

Making Progress at Casa Luca

We are very excited to announce that construction of Fiola's "little brother", Casa Luca, is well underway, and we are on track to open this summer! 
Renovation and Construction is underway
Our management team is in place, but we are looking for hosts, servers, runners and bussers, bartenders and line cooks - the best of the best! So we decided to ask our fabulous clientele for referrals, because you know the kind of talent we are looking for. If we end up hiring the person you referred, you'll get lunch for two at Casa Luca on us

Email your referrals to

We can't wait to see you at Casa Luca, located at 1099 New York Avenue NW (entrance on 11th Street).

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