Food and Art

Washington, DC’s Logan Circle
neighborhood has become a trendy residential area the last few years as
the city’s renaissance continues to spread. Culture has come to the
‘hood, too, along with gentrification, in the form of art dealer Giorgio
Furioso, who convinced some the city’s best art dealers to relocate to
the area. Furioso purchased a former car dealership at 1515 14th Street
NW and turned it into an art showcase. On the ground floor, he created
Viridian, a restaurant that features art on the walls and an artistic
sensibility on the plates. Chef Antonio Burrell offers mostly organic,
vegetarian-friendly cuisine, which succeeds when he resists the
temptation to fuss with the food. Here’s my review of Viridian in DC magazine.
[Note: Chef Burrell left the restaurant in November 2006. There is
no indication my review had anything whatsoever with his departure. The
new chef is Jeff Orel. I have not revisited the restaurant since the


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