The highly anticipated opening of RPM Italian in D.C. was the place to be on Monday night. With RPM Chicago having such great success, it had left us wondering when area native, Giuliana Rancic, would acquire her D.C. restaurant real estate. The wait is over.
The excitement in the room was palpable. One could easily tell how much Italian food fanatics, loyal E! News viewers, and swanky bar spot lovers were anticipating this event. The place was littered with yuppies sporting smart work attire, and matching smiles.
One could tell how much effort was put into planning this celebration, all to thank those who made RPM DC a reality. We were immediately greeted with drinks of all kind – mimosas, old-fashioneds, and quality glasses of red and white wine. I thought this was too good to be true, but then again, we were still just at the front door.
The restaurant is more or less divided into three large unique rooms. As we entered, we were inexplicably drawn to the right. This dark room definitely had a club feel. It is an modern, open concept with a huge square bar in the center. Smartly dressed mixologists were busying themselves creating a wide variety of cocktails. Personally, I was drawn to the charcuterie and cheese station. From jamón serrano, prosciutto, and housemaid salamis to camembert, chèvre, and taleggio cheeses, this table had quite the set of options.
The middle room had more of a lounge vibe or wine bar feel, if you will – very swanky! Surrounded and filled with lighter, cushy booths, this room made it easy to socialize with a large group of friends. The general layout and decor lended itself to a well attended, high energy room. It probably didn’t hurt there was a raw bar in the corner with fresh oysters and buttery lobster.
The final room, nestled back in the corner, had the most intimate feel. Filled only with dining tables and spacious chairs, I would suspect this relaxed space is the main dining room of the restaurant. Those planning to sit in the dining area should be prepared to enjoy a relaxing, filling, and adventurous Italian.
Amongst those seated guests were Giuliana and Bill in the very back of the room. I made my way to say a quick thanks and welcome them to the D.C. food family. The Rancics were so sweet and appreciative of everything. It is a true testament to the care they have for their friends, family, patrons, and team. With gratitude like that, I have no doubt of their continued success in Washington, and the restaurant business itself.
The Rancic’s and the opening of RPM in D.C. was just as swanky, impressive, and classy as they were. Don’t be fooled by Giuliana’s famously thin frame, you will certainly leave a little thicker than you arrived. Congratulations again Rancics on their new RPM location and a successful grand opening. I only got a taste of RPM Italian DC this week, but this event definitely left me wanting more.