Summer salad at Fiola Mare ($18). Photos by Barb DeLollis.

Summer salad at Fiola Mare ($18). Photos by Barb DeLollis.

 

WASHINGTON D.C. – It’s not every day that I get a veritable bouquet of flowers in my lunch, so I wanted to share photos and Instagram pics from my colorful and delicious meal the other day at Fiola Mare. This is the first of two Foodie Fridays today!

If you don’t know Fiola Mare, you should. It’s the brainchild of chef Fabio Trabocchi and the sister restaurant of Fiola, one of my personal faves in Washington for when you want to go all out. The James Beard Award-winning chef previously ran restaurants at Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner and the Four Seasons New York.

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As the name suggests, Fiola Mare focuses on serving up fresh fish and it’s less expensive than Fiola’s – but certainly not cheap. The food coupled with helpful service served as an inspiring backdrop for our business lunch. (Shout-out to our waiter for picking the perfect Italian chardonnay for me!)

 

Outdoor seating on Washington's waterfront at Fiola Mare.

Outdoor seating on Washington’s waterfront at Fiola Mare.

 

Silky smooth and creamy burrata at Fiola Mare.

Silky smooth and creamy burrata with artichoke hearts and a lemony sauce.

 

 

Kevin Fleiss of CVENT with his equally colorful dish.

Kevin Fleiss of CVENT with his equally colorful dish.

Gray Shealy of Georgetown University was happy with his fish dish.

Gray Shealy of Georgetown University was happy with his fish dish.

 

The waiter brought out the bottle to show me and pour me a taste before I said yes.

The waiter brought out the bottle to show me and pour me a taste before I said yes.

 

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We finished our lunch with a treat that we didn't order. :)

We finished our lunch with a treat that we didn’t order. 🙂

 

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