Committee Member: Fabio Trabocchi

Fabio Trabocchi

DC - Restaurant Owner, Chef, and Businessman

From the hills of Italy comes Fabio Trabocchi, restaurant owner, chef and businessman who spends much of his time in DC at his flagship restaurant, Fiola, which is one of eight around the world. Trabocchi’s many accolades don’t overshine in comparison to his drive for hospitality and top of the line meals; from Michelin Stars at his restaurants to the James Beard Award, Trabocchi strives to create an environment with dishes for everyone from his family, to heads of state; the importance of the meal lies in his passion for food, hospitality, and giving back to the community.



Osimo, a hill town in the province of Ancona, Le Marche, Italy.

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)?

Palisades, Washington DC.

Favorite sport to watch?

Formula 1 auto racing, motocross racing, boxing.

Favorite sport to play?

Boxing and swimming.

Best vacation ever?

Untouched and natural setting of the Monte Conero in the Marche region, on the cove of Portonovo. Stunning from sunrise to sunset.

Dream trip destination?

Running with the bulls in Pamplona, visiting Morocco, Phuket, Thailand, safari in Africa, Australia. The coast of Greece. The Amazon, and any part of Italy that I’ve never seen … there’s so much more on the bucket list!

Favorite dinner?

Depends on my mood and the company to match the perfect setting.

Favorite dessert?

A well-made coffee cake.

Underrated food?

Mackerel, anchovies, and sardines – all rich in omega-3s, and great for most diets. Rich in nutrients.

Dish you’re best at cooking?

Anything seafood, most of the time not cooked at all …

Best meal you’ve had at a restaurant?

Clandestino, in the cove of Portonovo. Uliassi in Senigallia. And Casual Ristorante Bergamo from Enrico Bartolini.

Road trip - three in the car with you. Living or dead. Who are they? Why?

My family!

Favorite TV show as a kid?

The Wacky Races cartoon, Asterisk and Obelisk.

Favorite movies?

Louis Defunes, French comedian, any of his movies; also The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Favorite actress and or actor?

Clint Eastwood, Toto’, Monica Vitti, Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, Charlize Theron.

Favorite bands?

Buena Vista Social Club, U2, Rolling Stones.

Most impressive live performance you ever saw?

Rolling Stones.

Car you drive now?

2017 Aston Martin DB-11.

Car you’d like to drive?

Aston Martin DBS Zagato Super Leggera (a contemporary car), or the Aston Martin DB-4 Zagato GT (a rare classic from the 1960s).

Best car you’ve owned?

Aston Martin DB-11.


1993 Honda CB 1100 F

Wear a watch?

Yes! Panerai GMT Luminor.

Summer drink of choice?

Fabio G&T.

Winter drink of choice?

All brown liquor! Macallan 18 or 25, Lagavulin, and Oban are some of my favorites. Also Facundo Bacardi Collection Paraiso and Eximo.

Bourbon or Scotch?

Yes please. Both, or either!

Vodka or gin?




Go-to red on a wine list?

Tuscan, Piemonte, Sicilian, Burgundy, Rioja … and California.

Go-to white?

Old world Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chardonnay blends, White burgundy.

Favorite beach?

Formentera, Spain.

On a Saturday, your favorite errand to run is?

Go to a farmer’s market and get the car detailed.

Otherwise, you’ll be busy doing what?


Best work advice you ever got?

Never give up on your dreams and work your butt off to make them happen. And never, never give up.

Best thing about your career?

The opportunity to create, and to give opportunity to others.

What do you do now for work? Tell us something about your work and career path.

Originally from the Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Chef Fabio Trabocchi is widely celebrated among the world's leading restaurateurs. A Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef and recipient of the esteemed James Beard Award, Trabocchi has passionately pursued the goal of creating a world class hospitality organization offering the finest dining experiences in the world. His growing restaurant group, with properties in Washington DC, Miami, and soon, Northern Virginia, and Venice, Italy, has brought him many accolades, yet his inspiration remains grounded in family traditions from Italy, Spain, and the United States.

Whether at his Michelin-starred fine dining flagship, Fiola; the Spanish seafood and tapas mecca, Del Mar; the glamorous destination for Italian coastal cuisine, Fiola Mare; or the three locations of his neighborhood pasta house, Sfoglina - Trabocchi's signature remains an uncompromising commitment to quality and making guests feel special at every visit.

Since 2009, Trabocchi has built Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants with his wife and business partner, Maria Font Trabocchi, into one of the preeminent restaurant groups in the world. This dynamic couple are as comfortable hosting heads of state and power brokers as they are hosting their own family, and guests seek out their restaurants for exceptional and memorable dining experiences. They are also committed to giving back to the community, seeking out causes to which they feel a strong connection, including serving as gala chairs of Refugees International, supporting Chefs for Equality, the Potomac Conservancy, and the Human Rights Campaign.

Trabocchi has received acclaim from media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Food & Wine, Esquire, Departures, GQ, CBS, NBC, Washingtonian, and dozens of others. He and Maria are based in Washington, DC, but divide their time between there, Miami, Mallorca, and Italy.

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

Supporting Refugees International.