Damn you, Isabella. Damn you. I hate to say it, but nice job with Graffiato (6th & G NW).
Why do I hate to say it? I’m conflicted. Like others, I thought you were too arrogant during your first season on Top Chef. Then, you made me a fan when you returned to compete in Top Chef All-Stars. It was clear to me that you had come back a much more focused and humbled chef than your previous Top Chef-self. In other words, you kicked some Top Chef ass. I followed pre-opening reports about your restaurant and asked myself: Would Graffiato be worth the hype? Then, I got frustrated because I couldn’t get a reservation and I just resigned myself to answering “no” to that question.
Right. So, where was I? Ah, yes. Damn you, Isabella. Damn you. I’m no longer conflicted. I can openly and confidently say: great job on the food and the ambiance. I will be back.