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Orange Anchor Drops Into Washington Harbour Soon

June 16, 2014

Washington Harbour is getting a nautically inspired, casual fine dining restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and craft bar. Orange Anchor, slated to open later this summer, is taking the spot next to Nick's Riverside Grill, formerly the Mexican restaurant, Cabana's.

As their website states: "Our menu consists of seasonal small bites, Maryland crabs, a la cart proteins and shared sides, all sourced locally.

The bar program will be highlighted by fresh squeezed orange cocktails and a large selection of rare rums. Customers will enter into a rustic nautical environment where everything tells a story and everyone is treated like a captain."

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Pizza, Peroni & Cannoli at the Pizza Festival from Naples to Georgetown

May 20, 2014

Join il Canale ristorante for The Pizza Festival on Tuesday May 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday May 29.

Want to discuss Neapolitan style pizza with a pizzaioli champion?  Making a guest appearance tossing pies on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Naples-born Giuseppe “Peppe” Manco, who won the World Champion Italian Style Pizza 2014 title at the Vegas Pizza Expo.

Naples is where the pizza was invented,” says Peppe. “I made my first pizza when I was six years old. My aunt taught me how to make pizza in my mother’s family restaurant.

“My pizza maestro was Don Emilio Caputo, owner of one of Naples’ oldest and most revered pizzerias. After graduation, I worked in my uncle’s pizzerias where I carved my own identity.”  From there, he traveled all over Italy, working in many iconic pizza restaurants. Since those days, he has lived and worked as a pizzaioli in Miami and New York.

Il Canale executive chef Antonio Biglietto will cook alongside Pepe at the festival.

Don’t miss il Canale’s three-day special to honor the festival:

 $18 for a classic Margherita pizza, a glass of Peroni and cannoli dessert.

Il Canale’s celebration is part of theVPN Pizza Festival in Naples, Italy. It is an honor for il Canale to participate, says owner Joe Farruggio.  The Georgetown restaurant is the only DC area pizzeria doing the festival.

The festival is partly sponsored by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), the international organization based in Italy that certifies Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas are baked with specific high-quality ingredients and in special ovens.  

Il Canale Ristorante and Pizzeria Napoletana are located at 1063 31st Street. Tel: 202.337.4444

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Arturo Sandoval Live at Blues Alley

May 11, 2014

A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval will be performing live at Blues Alley from Friday, May 16 through Sunday May 18. 

Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. He became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Since studying the classical trumpet at age 12, Sandoval has evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 8:00 and 10:00 pm show and more information about the artist.  

Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue.

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