"We wanted the [half-smoke] to pop," said Mr. Isabella, who is opening a neighborhood-style Italian restaurant, Graffiato, in Penn Quarter. "We also looked at the amount of meat compared to the amount of bread."
Restaurant challenge shows there's more to half-smokes than Ben's →
"They have a lot of money," he said. "They are the ones that want to experience good food."
D.C.'s culinary stature continues to rise →