Nicholas Stefanelli

Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Stefanelli is the chef and owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Masseria in Washington, DC. Enchanted by the old “masseria” farmsteads of his ancestral Puglia, he brought that Italian sensibility to life with irrepressible style. Opened in 2015, Masseria embodies the austere glamor of Italy, its heartfelt, artisanal dishes and the industrial grit of its Union Market neighborhood. Masseria was one of only 12 DC restaurants to earn a Michelin star and was selected by The Washington Post‘s food critic as one of the top 10 best restaurants of 2015. Masseria has been prominently featured in Bon Appétit, GQ, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to name a few. As a graduate of L’Académie de Cuisine, he worked in kitchens from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry to Bibiana—the haute Italian restaurant he opened with legendary restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, which Esquire named a “Best New Restaurant.” Opening spring 2018, Stefanelli will unveil his latest concept: an expansive three-story complex within The Wharf development in DC. The project will feature a specialized Italian market food emporium, a trattoria and a rooftop bar with private event space.

Accolades & Publications

  • The Michelin Guide – One Star (Masseria, 2016)
  • Washingtonian Magazine – #12 of the Top 100 Restaurants in Washington (Masseria, 2016)
  • GQ – 8 Favorite New Dishes of the Year (Masseria’s Foienolli, 2016)
  • The Washington Post – Top 10 Best Restaurants of the Year (Masseria, 2015)
  • James Beard Foundation – Rising Star Nominee (2011)
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington – Rising Culinary Star of the Year (2010)


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