I've been so busy with Restaurant Week and my new design that I completely missed the announcement about the opening of Dino, in the space where Yanyu used to live. I can honestly say that I haven't been quite this excited about a restaurant opening in a while. Can you say reasonably-priced Italian in the District? Right now, it really doesn't exist outside 2Amys, but the menu at Dino looks much broader and more adventurous. Homemade pasta, cured meats, cheeses, oh, and don't forget the cold marinated pan-fried sardines with onions and raisins -- it looks like the 2Amys wine bar on 'roids, and I see a whole list of foods that I can try for the first time.
On the very extensive wine list, I immediately see the same Gragnano and La Crima Christi that another local Italian restaurant is known all too well for. I'm looking forward to trying each and every wine on the list. The desserts sound mouth-watering.
Damn. It's 11 PM and now I'm starving. DAMN YOU DINO'S MENU WRITER!!
Dino opens...tomorrow, July 6th. God! Who do you have to bribe in this town to get an invite to opening night?! OK, back to calling restaurants about Restaurant Week...