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Selections from Columbia Room's summer tasting menu. (Image: Karlin Villondo Photography)
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Restaurant Rumblings: Tuscany in Shaw and beach-themed cocktail flights

The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings, a bimonthly feature, is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus.

Recent openings:

The Spot
(255 N. Washington St., Rockville, MD)

Rockville Town Center now has an Asian food market featuring stalls serving everything from Hawaiian poke to Taiwanese fried chicken and bubble tea. Five of the concepts are now open, with a cocktail bar and grill to follow. The hall includes both inside and outside seating and will be open 11 a.m to midnight.

San Lorenzo
(1316 9th St. NW)

Chef Massimo Fabbri, alum of Ristorante Posto and Ristorante Tosca, is back in action in Shaw. His new restaurant San Lorenzo is inspired by the feel and cuisine of his native Tuscany, with a menu focused on simple and classic preparations. Expect dishes like chitarra pasta with spicy tomato sauce, deep fried squash blossoms, and a traditional grilled T-bone steak for two.

Wandering Oasis
(National Harbor and around D.C.)

Expert mixologist Gina Chersevani is hitting the road in a roaming weekend cocktail truck. Her Wandering Oasis will be pouring frozen and draft cocktails from its location at the National Harbor in Maryland. A couple of pop-ups near Nationals Park are also planned. Try a hibiscus lemon daiquiri or a sour citrus margarita, or go for one of the other options on hand. Each 16 ounce drink will be priced at around $9.

Closings:

Silver Spring lost a decades-old favorite for deep-dish pizza with the closing of Armand’s Pizza (1909 Seminary Rd.) The location served up slices for 29 years. The Rockville location remains open for fans of the classic Chicago pie.

New on the menu:

Colada Shop has launched several summer menu items to join its selection of Cuban food and drink. Chow down on carrot and spring onion croquetas or a summer corn and cheese empanada while sipping on a coffee or cocktail. New beverages include banana and Hemingway daiquiris and the El Presidente (gold rum, sweet vermouth, dry curacao, simple syrup and angostura bitters.) For a non-alcoholic option, try the cold brew coffee served with a cafe con leche ice pop. Visit locations in D.C. (1405 T St. NW) and Sterling (21430 Epicerie Plaza).

Georgian restaurant Supra (1205 11th St. NW) has created some fresh bar bites and dinner plates for the summer patio season. Highlights in the dining room include a duck breast, peach and fennel salad (Ikhvi ) and a half chicken "makvalshi" – a crispy-skinned half chicken with blackberry sauce. Bargoers can snack on chicken wings, mini-sausage sandwiches made with khachapuri dough, and more.

Award-winning cocktail bar Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) is celebrating vacation vibes with its just-released seasonal tasting menu. The $85 per person experience features beachy drinks like the Ocean City Wine Mixer (orange wine, lacto-fermented lemon lime soda, clarified orange, bay leaf, and citrus ash) paired with a funnel cake from chef Johnny Spero.


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