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
A sampling of signature cocktails displayed on the stunning marble slab bar
A tasting of Virginia hams
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
Ricotta ravioli with braised meat ragu
One of my favorite dishes of the night – Kimchi linguini, uni, bay scallops, and nasturtium
Pumpernickel cassarecci (thin rolled pasta), lambs tongue, and gruyere
Tuna crudo with coriander blossoms
The tempting candy counter featuring truffles, bon bons, caramels, marshmallows, and many more goodies
Range faces into the color-changing digital psychedelic renovated atrium of Chevy Chase Pavilion
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