Located in a former produce warehouse, Masseria has a chic urban vibe.  © Scott Suchman
The entrance to Masseria's al fresco courtyard.  © Scott Suchman
 Chef Nick Stefanelli.  © Scott Suchman
The lobster roll at PassionFish.
The ceviche roll at PassionFish.
Custom wall sculptures at PassionFish.
The main dining room at 701 Restaurant.


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UNION MARKET HOT SPOT  Working with Grupo7 Architecture + Interiors, chef Nick Stefanelli transformed a gritty produce warehouse near Union Market into Masseria, a study in urban chic. The open kitchen is offset by aqua glazed-subway tile; it’s the perfect backdrop for savoring spot-on Italian fare. 1340 4th Street, NE; 202-608-1330. masseria-dc.com

BETHESDA DEBUT  Reston’s PassionFish has spread its fins, bringing a seafood-centric menu to downtown Bethesda. Gensler designed the interiors, where custom wall sculptures adorn tile walls. Menu highlights include a lobster roll and ceviche roll. 7187 Woodmont Avenue; 301-358-6116. passionfishbethesda.com

DOWNTOWN MAKEOVER  Washington’s 701 Restaurant recently unveiled redesigned interiors by Martin Vahtra of New York-based Projects Design Associates. Banquettes are upholstered in Maharam fabric while decorative “egg” sculptures accent a wall in the main dining room. 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; 202-393-0701. 701restaurant.com