A First Look at Range by Chef Bryan Voltaggio

The glowing glass at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/ (6)

Finally, a beautiful restaurant with excellent and memorable food in Friendship Heights

The distinctive curve of the restaurant is the first of many qualities that set it apart

Lights at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/ (18)

Carrara arble slab bar at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

A sampling of signature cocktails displayed on the stunning marble slab bar

Carrara marble bar and specialty cocktails at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Specialty cocktails at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Mixologist at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

A tasting of Virginia hams

Salumeria, Virginia country ham and cheese at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

My favorite cheeses from the plate: the creamy Cabot cloth-bound aged cheddar with a unique milky caramel flavor and the Grayson, a rich, creamy, and pungent cheese from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia

Local cheeses at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Ricotta ravioli with braised meat ragu

Ricotta ravioli with braised meat ragu at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

One of my favorite dishes of the night – Kimchi linguini, uni, bay scallops, and nasturtium

Kimchi linguini, uni, bay scallops, and nasturtium at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Pumpernickel cassarecci (thin rolled pasta), lambs tongue, and gruyere

Pumpernickel cassarecci pasta, lambs tongue and gruyere cheese at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Tuna crudo with coriander blossoms

Tuna crudo with coriander blossoms at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

The tempting candy counter featuring truffles, bon bons, caramels, marshmallows, and many more goodies

Dessert counter at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

White chocolate and peppermint candy cane bars at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Truffles and bon bons at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Truffles and bon bons at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Range faces into the color-changing digital psychedelic renovated atrium of Chevy Chase Pavilion

Glowing color-changing stairs at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/ (8)

Glowing color-changing stairs at Range Restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio in Friendship Heights Washington DC. See more photos: http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com/a-first-look-a…ryan-voltaggio/

Last week, Bryan Voltaggio, James Beard Award finalist and Top Chef contestant, led us on a tour of his latest restaurant, RANGE. My high expectations were surpassed by excellent and innovative dishes – Kimchi linguini, uni, bay scallops, and nasturtium – a welcome injection of Asian flavors played beautifully with the linguini pasta. Another highlight was the selection of cheeses and salumeria that featured local cow milk’s Grayson cheese with a rich, creamy, and pungent taste.

Although I tried (and loved) many of the pasta-sized pasta dishes, I look forward to trying the bigger entrees made in their wood oven, roasted or cooked on their wood grill, such as the veal heart with chimichurri and the roasted venison saddle with juniper, orange, and crisp oysters (a combination I’ve never tasted!).

1 Read more about Barda and its maker Piero Incisa della Rochetta in the excellent Food & Wine article – Patagonia Wine: Pinot Quest

To me, a great meal is incomplete without great wine. Keith Goldston, RANGES’ Wine Director and one of the world’s youngest Master Sommeliers, introduced me to what may be one of my favorite bottles of Pinot Noir – Barda1, a bright, lively red from an unlikely place – Chacra, a region of Patagonia Argentina by the Rio Negro only accessible through unmarked gravel and dirt roads. Keith’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for wine (and his generosity in letting us taste it) keep me looking forward to future visits to enjoy delicious food and hear new stories about extraordinary wines.

RANGE opens to the public on December 18th

  • http://www.facebook.com/katya.ananieva Katya Ananieva

    Sounds amazing and I am really intrigued by this Barda Pinot Noir!!! Lovely review.

    • http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com TPWP

      @facebook-661471348:disqus thank you! It’s such a special wine, I’m looking forward to trying other varieties from Bodega Chacra

  • Farah

    My mouth is watering! can’t wait to try this place – glad it’s close to my house

    • http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com TPWP

      Lucky you! There is so much delicious food for you to try.

  • Patrick

    wow, congrats Bryan Voltaggio! I am a fan of his restaurants in Frederick and i’m now excited to try this one

    • http://www.thepresidentwearsprada.com TPWP

      We can’t wait to go back!

  • Krystal Knight

    WOW this restaurant looks amazing! I’ll definitely check it out =)

  • Diana

    I love his restaurant Volt! Table 21 was awesome! Can’t wait to try this new place out!