Palena Dining Room

Palena Dining Room. The reason: chef Hettie Gross, who cooked the chitterlings and cornbread she'd grown up on in Alabama. FYI, tomorrow's WASHINGTON POST magaine includes a review of the re-done Palena — both dining room and cafe.

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The decor couldn't be more ordinary with its fairly cheap-looking booths, uncomfortable wooden seats. It was not the original plan actually to be there but there was an accident and the reservation I made at another DC Italian restaurant a month ago was canceled and I found out only two hours before the reservation time. Palena is James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta's homage to “cucina genuina” or genuine cooking.

The decor couldn't be more ordinary with its fairly cheap-looking booths, uncomfortable wooden seats.

The ambiance is subtle and comfortable, however, due to the small size, the tables (particularly in the café) are quite close together.

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It was not the original plan actually to be there but there was an accident and the reservation I made at another DC Italian restaurant a month ago was canceled and I found out only two hours before the reservation time. The exact blinds I chose are Blinds.com Delux Woven Wood Shades in Palena Sand Dune. I would expect it to be even better in the dining room.

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