2/15/2012 09:10:00 AM

Michael White Will Open Osteria Morini in Washington DC

Mega-watt Italian chef Michael White is set to invade the nation's capital. Yesterday, it was reported that the toque would bring Osteria Morini, the most casual of his NYC restaurants, to Washington DC. When Osteria quickly became a success after it opened, talk immediately started about White transplanting it to other locales. A new location was announced for New Jersey (which is set to open in the coming weeks) and DC will be the third branch of the rustic eatery. The outpost will be located in new development The Yards, which is in the Capital Riverfront area of the city. So, should neighborhood residents be excited? Check out the rating from our 2012 New York City Restaurants guide below:

Osteria Morini

  • Food: 24
  • Decor: 19
  • Service: 20
  • Cost: $61
Michael White goes “casual” at this “happening” new SoHo Italian focusing on “luscious” rustic fare from the Emilia-Romagna region, including “melt-in-your-mouth” pastas; though “crowds”, “noise” and “holier-than-thou” service are a drag, the faux-farmhouse setting is “cool” and it’s a helluva lot “cheaper” than White’s Marea.

218 Lafayette St.; 212-965-8777


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