Washington, DC (March 2, 2012) – Entrepreneur Hakan Ilhan, is now turning his sights to open a sleek, modern Italian restaurant called La Forchetta. He engaged designer friend Matt Norris, of Norris Design in Atlanta, to create a Ferrari-like interior, with vibrant colors, an exhibition kitchen with seating for 20, and a pizza station with seating for 12 guests along with an inviting 12-seat bar.
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Ilhan has tapped Roberto Donna to return from Scottsdale, Arizona to open his new restaurant located in the Northwest neighborhood at 3201 New Mexico Avenue, 20016. Donna’s responsibilities include developing the menu for the 116-seat restaurant, which will also have outdoor patio seating for 30 guests in the warmer months of the year.
Guests can anticipate Donna’s fresh house-made pasta, risotto, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts and a selection of gelato. La Forchetta will also showcase Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven, and will open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.