This sign-up form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Like many great Italian eateries, Fabio Trabocchi's Casa Luca is rooted in homegrown traditions. This dynamic couple are as comfortable hosting heads of state and power brokers as they are hosting their own family, and guests seek out their restaurants for exceptional and memorable dining experiences. He shared his lifestyle and love of food with me. [2] In 2002, Trabocchi was recognized as one of America's best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine. [25] Washingtonian Magazine named Fabio its 2015 Restaurateur of the Year. Husband and wife restaurateurs Fabio and Maria Trabocchi bring their lauded Michelin-starred restaurant from D.C. to Coral Gables. The menu relies heavily on Maria’s Spanish background and her family’s culinary traditions. We do sexual harassment classes that are mandatory for all the staff.”. [3][4], Trabocchi won a Carlton London Restaurant Award as Best Young Chef of 1999 while working at Floriana in Knightsbridge, London. Her family is from Mallorca, an island known for its fresh seafood; needless to say, Del Mar (literally “from the sea”), offers ample amounts of […] [9], In 2007, Trabocchi moved to New York City to replace Michael White at Fiamma. The Obamas have feasted there, along with foreign heads of state, Hollywood stars like Meryl Streep, and the occasional Supreme Court justice. Early years (1974-1997) Trabocchi was born in 1974 in Osimo, in the Marche region of Italy. The menu relies heavily on Maria’s Spanish background and her family’s culinary traditions. [3][5], He was recruited back to the United States in 2001 by the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to open a new restaurant called Maestro. Fabio Recommends: The Marche region of eastern Italy . The owner of the DC restaurant where Ted Cruz and his wife were hounded by protesters says he has hired security guards in the wake of the 'PR disaster'.. Fabio Trabocchi, who is … [19], The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington again honored Trabocchi as the Chef of the Year in 2013. How to make everyone feel like at home.”, A lot of elbow grease goes into that, the attentive hostess tells “Women Rule.”. Select from premium Fabio Trabocchi of the highest quality. [18] In the inaugural Michelin Guide for Washington, D.C., Fiola received one Michelin star. Backed by an impressive European pedigree, Fabio Trabocchi has landed at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner where he’s turning out food that can only be described as extraordinary.. Trabocchi discovered his passion for cooking at an early age, inspired by his father's love of the food from his native region of Ancona, Italy. Because it’s new.”. Fabio Trabocchi and wife Maria pay homage to the latter’s heritage at Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi. Tucked away on a quiet street of Coral Gables lies dynamic husband-and-wife duo Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s latest gem: Fiola Miami. [28] In 2018, Casa Luca was renovated and re-branded as a branch of Sfoglina. Those issues that are more international, that are affecting the economy, the worldwide economy, the climate changes — things like that.”. “We’re very bipartisan in general,” she said. [2] He then earned an apprenticeship with Gualtiero Marchesi at his eponymous restaurant in Milan. [26], In 2016, Trabocchi opened Sfoglina, a casual pasta house in the Van Ness neighborhood of Washington, D.C.[27] Another Sfoglina opened in October 2019 in Rosslyn, Virginia. They met in Washington DC and have been at the helm at several highly acclaimed restaurants in Spain and London. By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or updates from POLITICO and you agree to our privacy policy and terms of service. After a stint in New York City, Trabocchi returned to Washington and, with his then-wife Maria (the couple divorced in November) opened his flagship restaurant, Fiola, in 2011. [2][3], Trabocchi then worked in Moscow and in the United States at BiCE Ristorante in New York and in Washington, D.C. Fabio Trabocchi is an Italian chef and restaurateur based in Washington, D.C., where his restaurant Fiola earned a Michelin Star.Before opening his own restaurants, Trabocchi ran kitchens in London, Virginia, and New York, winning a James Beard Foundation Award in 2006. She hits the gym after, and then heads to her various restaurants for corporate meetings and other management duties. Since 2009, Trabocchi has built Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants with his wife and business partner, Maria Font Trabocchi, into one of the preeminent restaurant groups in the world. [8], In 2006, he published a cookbook, Cucina of Le Marche. Since 2012, Fabio has supported Chefs for Equality, a program of the Human Rights Campaign. For Fabio Trabocchi’s Spanish-born wife, Maria, it isn’t Christmas without polvorones, crumbly Spanish almond cookies traditionally made with pork fat. Sign up for POLITICO Playbook and get the latest news, every morning — in your inbox. 23:50 Trabocchi discusses Del Mar, the duo’s first Spanish restaurant and the first dining establishment in Washington’s Wharf district. According to Trabocchi — who runs her restaurant empire along with her husband, famed chef Fabio Trabocchi — it’s treating them as if they were just like any other guest. In Spain, they’re frequently made with pork fat; this recipe calls for butter instead. While the chef's roots in central Italy's Le Marche region drive the kitchen, his wife, Maria, draws on her Spanish heritage to lend a unique spark to the Washington, D.C., restaurant. [10] While he was the chef, Fiamma earned three stars from the New York Times's food critic Frank Bruni, and a Michelin star in the 2009 Michelin Guide. Restaurateur Maria Trabocchi’s secrets on how to treat Washington VIPs, How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption, Sen. Toomey: Trump going too far with pardons, Members of Congress to Trump: Sign stimulus bill, Forget the conspiracy theories — here are the real election security lessons of 2020, Rep. Kinzinger calls efforts to overturn election 'a scam'. Check out their menus here.. From a press release: “James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi and Maria Trabocchi–the DC-based husband-wife restaurateurs behind critically acclaimed restaurants Fiola, Casa Luca, Fiola Mare, and Sfoglina –are pleased to announce the soft opening of Del Mar, their Spanish seafood restaurant, at 791 Wharf Street SW in … 9:08 Trabocchi weighs in on being labeled “the wife” to virtuoso chef Fabio Trabocchi. “Clearly, when there is [a] movement such as women, or immigration, then I could be more vocal or more — because it affects me directly,” she says. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Fabio’s father, Giuseppe Trabocchi, also taught Fabio to cook starting at the age of 7. But while the food is award-winning (Fiola is Michelin-starred), the establishments are also known for the personal touches Maria’s front-of-house presence emphasizes. Fabio Trabocchi is an Italian chef and restaurateur based in Washington, D.C., where his restaurant Fiola earned a Michelin Star. Before opening his own restaurants, Trabocchi ran kitchens in London, Virginia, and New York, winning a James Beard Foundation Award in 2006. 18:10 Trabocchi gives her view on rearing children: “I educated my children to be very grown up since they were little because I really didn’t have time to do homework with them, or I didn’t have time to sit down and play Barbies with my daughter. For more on Trabocchi’s unexpected career in the restaurant industry, the women-centric concept of Casa Luca and potential plans for expansion, read the highlights below: 3:15 Trabocchi reflects on how her work in fashion dovetailed into opening a restaurant with her husband, and doles out advice on taking on new career challenges. You know? Fabio Trabocchi and wife Maria pay homage to the latter’s heritage at Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi. Maria Trabocchi says the secret to charming the VIPs of Washington is treating them as if they were just like any other guest. The Italian restaurant Fiola is ran by chef Fabio Trabocchi and his wife Maria One of the specialities of chef Fabio Trabocchi's dishes is venison... Washington District of Columbia October 1 2012 Fiola da Trabocchi is located at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington DC. It was “a little scary,” she says. Maria Trabocchi has built a Washington restaurant brand on hospitality and Italian fine dining — and for years, Sfoglina, Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca (and, most recently, Del Mar) have played host to D.C.’s A-list. After a stint in New York City, Trabocchi returned to Washington and, with his then-wife Maria (the couple divorced in November) opened his flagship restaurant, Fiola, in 2011. Her husband is the chef virtuoso behind their restaurants. In Spain, they’re frequently made with pork fat; this recipe calls for butter instead. [24] In 2015, Fiola Mare won the RAMMY Award for Best New Restaurant. 5:49 The restaurateur opens up about the challenges in developing a restaurant with a “soul.”. First stop is … Fabio Trabocchi: Over the past few years I’ve been pushing the limits at Maestrobut my roots are Italian—that’s the foundation of my cooking. [6] Maestro's menu featured two takes on Italian cuisine: La Tradizione, Trabocchi's version of traditional regional Italian dishes updated with high-quality products; and L'Evoluzione, Trabocchi's very modern interpretation of Italian cooking. “It’s something that we tackled right there and then, and we don’t allow anything to happen here. Specifically, Trabocchi says she trains her managers and staff to “speak Trabocchi.”, “They have to learn our culture of hospitality,” she said. | Reena Flores/POLITICO. Fancy Michelin-starred Washington, D.C. Italian restaurant Fiola, owned by husband and wife restaurateurs Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, is opening in … 14:11 What is Trabocchi’s typical day like? 791 Wharf St. SW, Washington D.C. 20024, United States (202) 525-1402 “And that’s the soul of the restaurant.”, Sign up today to receive the #1-rated newsletter in politics. 7,473 Followers, 2,932 Following, 1,404 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Fabio Trabocchi (@fabiotrabocchi) Since 2009, Trabocchi has built Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants with his wife and business partner, Maria Font Trabocchi, into one of the preeminent restaurant groups in the world. Trabocchi was born in 1974 in Osimo, in the Marche region of Italy. “I think there will be more, for sure,” she says. This is chef Fabio Trabocchi’s take on polvorones, a Spanish cookie that’s a favorite of his wife, Maria. ", "Fiola Is the Third Restaurant With Michelin Bona Fides to Open in Miami This Year", "The Croiffle Invades Midtown Manhattan Thanks to the Godiva Cafe", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fabio_Trabocchi&oldid=928514941, Head chefs of Michelin starred restaurants, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 November 2019, at 19:49. The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola ... My wife is from Spain, and when we went there I tried real Spanish tortilla. “I remember even thinking before the wharf opened on October 12th, I was, like — what if nobody goes to the Wharf? This is chef Fabio Trabocchi’s take on polvorones, a Spanish cookie that’s a favorite of his wife, Maria. But they’ve tried to face it head-on. One of the specialities of chef Fabio Trabocchi's dishes are spaghetti with sea urchin and chilies. “But now I feel like there’s a lot less of that. Fabio Trabocchi has said they will continue to work together, but Maria’s name has been scrubbed from the websites, and her influence on healthier menu options appears to … Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants support the Careers in the Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to develop young talent for careers in the culinary and hospitality industry by hiring summer interns from local high schools in both culinary and pastry. “I don’t get star-struck,” Trabocchi told POLITICO’s Anna Palmer in the latest episode of the “Women Rule” podcast. So I needed them to understand who I was and what I was doing.”, 19:46 Trabocchi has learned a thing or two about making meaningful connections with the power players in Washington, including noting that “when people eat, they become human.”, “There’s not politics, or there’s no super-power,” she says. “Fabio and I are very much always trying to develop and to tell people, like, there’s a woman chef in this restaurant, and she’s amazing.”. Fabio Trabocchi is the James Beard Award-winning chef and the owner of Fiola, Casa Luca, and the upcoming Fiola Mare restaurants in Washington, D.C. While the chef's roots in central Italy's Le Marche region drive the kitchen, his wife, Maria, draws on her Spanish heritage to lend a unique spark to the Washington, D.C., restaurant. Hint: It’s treating them like they’re not. This is the Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants company profile. We do town halls with them. “I’ve always believed that you need to have those teams and we need to foster them,” she says. Like many great Italian eateries, Fabio Trabocchi's Casa Luca is rooted in homegrown traditions. All content is posted anonymously by employees working at Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants. Since 2009, Trabocchi has built Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants with his wife and business partner, Maria Font Trabocchi, into one of the preeminent restaurant groups in the world. The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola ... My wife is from Spain, and when we went there I tried real Spanish tortilla. After Chef Fabio Trabocchi and his wife Maria closed Casa Luca, Sfoglina officially opened in its place. You have to cook the potatoes first with the onions until they are fork-tender, and then mix them with the eggs. [16] Bon Appétit magazine named it one of the 50 best new restaurants in America. [23] President Barack Obama and his family dined there in August 2014. Missing out on the latest scoops? “If you don’t have a private dining room in a restaurant, you are losing out,” she said. The Georgetown waterfront is better known for its outdoor bars than for cuisine, but chef Fabio Trabocchi and his wife and partner, Maria, hope to change that sandals-and-T-shirt persona with Fiola Mare.The elegant 140-seat Italian seafood spot is their largest and possibly grandest to date, joining Fiola and more casual sister spot Casa Luca. “I think it’s important to listen, and to not be very vocal on my ideas, because I don’t really count.”. “Even if it’s a glamorous evening, it still needs to have that warmth and that feeling,” she said. [12] Trabocchi was named the executive chef of The Four Seasons Restaurant in 2010, but left after a few months. Every night, Trabocchi pores over reservation lists and marks down guests whom she’s never met. Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola and Casa Luca demos the making of his summer gazpacho, inspired by his wife. When Fabio Trabocchi launched his eponymous Italian restaurant empire in Washington, D.C., in 2011, he powered through with 20 double espressos a day and late-night, pasta-centric meals. “I think we are already looking into different neighborhoods and different things to do. The wife would make spaghetti with mussels right off the boat, and branzino, also from the Adriatic, in salt, cooked in the wood-burning oven. [15] It won Best New Restaurant at the 2012 Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMMY) Awards. Fabio Trabocchi has commended his staff at the Washington DC restaurant where Cruz and his wife Heidi were hounded by anti-Kavanaugh protesters earlier this … Fabio Trabocchi has commended his staff at the Washington DC restaurant where Cruz and his wife Heidi were hounded by anti-Kavanaugh protesters earlier this … He moved to Spain to open a BiCE restaurant in Marbella and then to London. DC currently has 126 rated restaurants and Italian Chef Fabio Trabocchi & wife Maria hold some Michelin real estate having three: Fiola, Fiola Mare and Del Mar, not to mention other local venues and restaurants in Miami and Venice, Italy. [21], In 2014, Trabocchi opened Fiola Mare, a 7,500-square-foot (700 m2) restaurant focused on Italian seafood, at Washington Harbour on the Georgetown waterfront. 27:20 The restaurateur, who isn’t an American citizen, tries to stay out of politics, though there are some issues Trabocchi cares about. However hospitality-driven they may be, Trabocchi’s restaurants are not immune to the workplace misconduct now so publicly discussed in the restaurant industry in the wake of the #MeToo movement. 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