October's new restaurants offer something at every price point. Yes, you can taste Italian cuisine from a Michelin-starred chef, or sample dishes from a veteran of some of the world's top dining destinations. You can wait in line to sample Washington's hottest bagels, or head to a new supermarket.
OfficinaThe latest culinary destination at the Wharf combines Italian restaurant, cafe, bar espresso, amaro bar and marketplace selling Italian productions, all under the auspices of Michelin-starred chef Nick Stefanelli (Masseria). The idea is that the three-level space serves different purposes throughout the day: Stop in early for coffee or drop in at lunch for a meat-stuffed panino sandwich or Caesar salad. Negroni before picking up fresh pasta to cook at home. Upstairs, Stefanelli's 75-seat trattoria features a menu of classic Italian dishes with fresh pastas and meats butchered in-house, and an amaro library of over 100 Italian spirits on their own or in cocktails. A rooftop bar has views of the Washington Channel in good weather. 1120 Maine Ave. SW.
Call Your Mother: How desperate is D.C. for a new and delicious source of bagels? Call Your Mother, which opened its first bricks-and-mortar store at Park View on Oct. Incredibly long lines – there have been reports of up to half-hour waits for the sweet, wood-fired bagels on Friday mornings and even longer on Saturdays. But the "Jew-ish" deli, which offers sandwiches and pastrami rice, is doing something right: It's our "Best Bagels in D.C." throwdown. 3301 Georgia Ave. NW.
[[The team behind Timber Pizza is opening a Jewish-inspired deli at Park View]
Reverie: Johnny Spero's résumé would have been impressed with foodie: He has been a chef at Minibar and Komi and worked at world temples of gastronomy, including Noma and Mugaritz. Most recently, he's preparing the whimsical bites at the Columbia Room. Suno, which closed before Tom Sietsema's half-star review, could not be published, was written in Washington. That's how it's done in the city of Georgetown, where Spero's menu is a catalog of his travels, skipping from rib-eye to kampachi to rugbrod. 3201 Cherry Hill Ln. NW.
Mason Dixie Biscuits: Seven months after shuttering its drive-through on Bladensburg Road, the popular purveyor of warm, fluffy buttermilk biscuits has reopened in a prime perch at Shaw. Mason Dixie opens at 8 a.m. daily for breakfast, serving sandwiches stuffed with various combinations of egg, bacon, cheese and ham, or platters of eggs and biscuits covered in blankets of rich gravy. Options change after 11 a.m., but the winner, at any time of day, is the fried-chicken biscuit with bacon and hot sauce, paired with Arnold Palmer. 1819 Seventh St. NW.
Whole Foods' South Capitol Hill": A grocery store featured in a list of the best's restaurant openings? Yes, it's unusual – but not every grocery store features a cheesesteak and wing concept created by a former "Top Chef" standout. Philly Wing Fry offers Kith and Kwame Onwuachi's upscale take on staples: a Philly-ish cheesesteak made with dry-aged beef and smoked provolone; wings coated in sweet-and-sticky mumbo sauce; and waffle fries tossed with Ethiopian berbere spice. Bar, which has 12 local craft beers and 16 wines by the glass (served from a pour-your-own station), and it's clear that this is not your mother's supermarket. 101 H St. SE.
Wiseguy pizzaThe fourth location of the New York-inspired pizza chain has moved into the former Park Tavern at Southeast's Canal Park. Sweet potato and bacon, sweet Korean chicken or chicken paneer. It might be a little late for the outdoor seating, but pizza and the forthcoming coffee bar should be added to the neighborhood. 202 M St. SE.
[[Forget the trendy pizza shops: This low-key spot makes the best New York-style pie in D.C.]
The Meatball Shop: The chain's first location outside of New York City offers (what else?) Seven different varieties of meatballs paired with seven different sauces. Even the starters – crab balls, buffalo chicken balls, risotto – are served in ball shape. Make sure you save room for dessert, where the mix-and-match formula allows customers to pick one of six ice cream flavors, such as vanilla or tiramisu, to pack between cookies, including snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin. Wash everything down with jello shots, own-label wines or glasses of whiskey, which are served straight or at Old Fashioned. 1720 14th St. NW.