Beyond MoCo: Stellina Pizzeria to Open a Fourth Location in Tysons This Fall

Antonio Matarazzo And Chef Matteo Venini Will Bring Neo-Neapolitan Pizzas And Southern Italian Street Food To The New Capital One Center 

Today, Washington, D.C.-based restaurateur Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Venini announce a fourth location of Stellina Pizzeria to open in Tysons, Virginia this fall at 1610 Capital One Drive at the newly developed Capital One Center. The 4,100-square-foot-space will include an Italian café serving coffee and pastries adjacent to the expected pizzeria dining room and bar, as well a commissary kitchen and an expansive open-air patio.

“We anticipate 2022 to be a year of growth for Stellina”, says Matarazzo about the expansion. “The Capital One Center is a natural fit for our second Virginia location, with its close proximity to shoppers, office workers, and local neighbors, and we’re excited to be joining so many other homegrown DMV restaurants in the space.”

With a third location of Stellina Pizzeria set to open in Mt. Vernon D.C. this spring at 508 K Street NW, the Tysons location will be the fourth location for Matarazzo and Venini. Similar to the Union Market and Shirlington location menus, Chef Venini will craft a menu of Neo-Neapolitan pizzas, a signature style that upends purist pizza traditions with creative toppings and a unique approach to dough, as well as street food inspired by the southern coast of Italy, sandwiches served on pizza dough, handmade pastas, and salads. At the bar, the beverage program will focus on Italian cocktails, wines, and beers.

The new storefront will also feature a coffee counter serving Filicori Zecchini Italian coffee in addition to house-made Italian pastries like cannoli, millefoglie, and tiramisu. A glass-enclosed commissary kitchen will be onsite to service all existing Stellina locations with extensive offerings of pantry and frozen goods including homemade pastas, sauces, pizzas and dough, and toppings.  Many of these items have become staples to Stellina customers during the pandemic through the custom vending machine and monthly subscription packages allowing them to create Stellina’s signature dishes at home.

About Stellina Pizzeria

Stellina Pizzeria, from owners Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Venini, modernizes the classic pizza counter with a menu that nods to the street food of the southern Italian coast. Since opening in 2019, the restaurant has been recognized as a 2020 and 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, included on The Washington Post’s list of the 10 best pizzas in D.C. for its cacio e pepe pizza, and featured on Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants list.

About Antonio Matarazzo

Antonio Matarazzo co-owns Stellina Pizzeria in Washington, D.C.’s fast-growing Union Market District. Originally from Avellino, Italy, Matarazzo turned to his upbringing on the southern Italian coast to develop Stellina’s fine-casual concept that modernizes the traditional Italian pizzeria with style and creativity. He previously served as managing partner of the upscale Italian trio Lupo Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria and Lupo Marino, and was instrumental in conceiving and growing the brand from its flagship location on 14th Street NW to the Palisades and most recently to District Wharf Matarazzo began his hospitality career stateside in 2006 as a manager of the sophisticated Peppercorn Duck Club at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. He earned his Bachelor of Science in the Economy of Tourism & Events at the University of Perugia while also working as the general manager of La Tana dell’Orso Wine Bar from 2002-2006.

About Matteo Venini

Matteo Venini is the executive chef and co-owner of Stellina Pizzeria in Washington, D.C.’s burgeoning Union Market District. Prior to opening the fine-casual Italian street food and pizza concept, Venini worked as the corporate chef of high-end Italian properties Lupo Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria and Lupo Marino, a position he held since 2016. The Lake Como, Italy native previously helmed the kitchen at venerable power-dining fixture Ristorante Tosca as executive chef, and additionally spent eight years as executive chef of sibling restaurant Posto. Venini has now been cooking in the U.S. for more than a decade.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

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