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You now have a new pre Anthem show food option. It’s actually the best pre show food option on The Wharf. Located in the old Taylor Gourmet space, Grazie Grazie will fill the hoagie sized hole in your heart the old space left behind. The new restaurant from Taylor Gourmet owner Casey Patten is just as good, if not better, than the once massive mini chain.

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We tried Grazie Grazie a few weeks after opening. In the time since, it’s difficult to find fault with anything on the menu or in the restaurant. It’s the kind of place that you want to recommend to friends, the kind of place you’ll want to take out of town guests to show them The Wharf is more than overpriced cocktails. Visiting Grazie Grazie the first time made me feel like when I tried the first Taylor on H Street in 2010. That is a good feeling.

The food is what you want in a sandwich shop. Familiar favorite sandwiches (I’ll be back for the Russoniello with house roast pork, sharp provolone, broccoli rabe and evoo) now have excellent, hearty sides that would be nice to eat outside on one of the many seating areas on The Wharf.

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The cucumbers with Calabrian hot honey, gorgonzolo and fresh mint are great for summer weather. The pasta salad with grape tomatoes, mozzarella, red pepper, cucumber, red onion, basil and roasted tomato vinaigrette is perfect for the vegetarian forced to eat at a sandwich shop (of course there are vegetarian sandwich options but if you eat meat, you should eat the meat at Grazie Grazie).

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If you’re at all familiar with the D.C. food scene you’re most likely interested in Grazie Grazie. If you’re interested because of the business side, there are multiple news organizations covering that. If you’re interested because of the food, you’re in luck. The only downside is there’s only one location. But maybe that’s what’s going to make it great.

Grazie Grazie is keeping it simple. Patten’s food reflects his attitude. According to him, “All we’re doing is putting meat on bread.” He’s right. But it’s really good meat on really good bread.

Grazie Grazie, “Your Favorite Neighborhood Italian Deli,” 85 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024 (if you’re taking an Uber or Lyft, just put in The Anthem for your location and you’ll see the restaurant), is open every day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with delivery and pick up options as well

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