Donna Finally Seals a Deal: Galileo III
Did hell just freeze over? I ask because yesterday Roberto Donna finally signed a lease for the former Butterfield 9 space at 600 14th St. NW. In a nod to his Galileo restaurants that once graced P Street and later 21st Street in Washington, the Italian chef is calling his next act Galileo III.
The future establishment will be considerably smaller than Donna's second Galileo, with just 75 seats spread throughout a main dining room and a more intimate Laboratorio del Galileo. ("Times are different," says the chef.) A single open kitchen will serve both venues.
Donna plans to be a very regular presence at his next restaurant: "It's going to be my house," he jokes. Helping him out on the food front will be 40-year-old Paolo Boffa, who Donna recruited to be chef de cuisine from Salute! in New York. A native of Milan, Boffa once worked at Centro in Bethesda.
Donna hopes to open Galileo III in October: "my best season to cook," he says.
To which we say, bring on the truffles!
-- Tom Sietsema
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