Saturday, October 29, 2016

Matteo Venini Named Executive Chef at Lupo Verde

New Executive Chef Matteo Venini (Photo: Susie Soleimani Photography)

From our friends at Lupo Verde...

Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo of the Lalou Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Matteo Venini as the new executive chef of their award-winning Italian restaurant Lupo Verdelocated in the bustling 14th Street neighborhood at 1401 T Street, NW. Venini will also oversee the menu at Lupo Verde’s second location, which is scheduled to open in early December within the residential Palisades neighborhood at 4814 MacArthur Blvd., NW.

A native of Lake Como, Italy, Venini brings many years of experience working at restaurants Washington, DC and Italy to his new position. Most recently, Matteo Venini served for a year and a half as executive chef of the notable Italian restaurant, Tosca, in Washington, DC. He began his career in the USA working at Tosca a decade ago, joining the restaurant as a pastry chef. After two years, he was promoted to be part of the opening culinary team at Posto in 2008, before returning to Tosca to lead the kitchen there.

One will find 90 percent of the menu at Lupo Verde updated with Matteo Venini’s arrival and new seasonal dishes are being introduced on the menu, such as the Braised Short Ribs with red wine, celery, carrots, onion, dark chocolate and fresh herbs, a family recipe from Italy.  Venini’s family owned a butcher shop in Italy that had a large cheese counter so he also plans to focus on Lupo Verde's Italian cheeses with 25 to 30 choices available.  Other new additions to the fall menu include Cappellacci Pasta stuffed with roasted butternut squash, ricotta salata, fresh ricotta, golden raisins, sage and amaretto cookies in a brown butter garlic sage sauce; Pan-Roasted Scallops with fennel, grilled royal trumpet mushroom, carrot coulis and charred onion, as well as Chocolate Amaretto Cookie Custard with roasted pears and Italian meringue.

Lupo Verde is located at 1401 T Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009. Dinner is served seven days a week, from 5 PM to 11 PM. Late night hours can also be enjoyed Sunday through Thursday, from 11 PM to 2 AM, and Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM to 3 AM. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For more information or reservations, please call the restaurant directly at (202) 827-4726 or visit