The Posto Story
Inspired to create a casual Italian restaurant in their own neighborhood, the culinary team behind Washington, DC’s award-winning Ristorante Tosca opened the doors to Posto in December 2008. We are located in a beautiful, century-old building (which at one time was a car dealership!) on the reenergized 14th Street Corridor – right next door to The Studio Theater, and just steps away from P Street and its hubbub of activity.
Posto serves classic and modern Italian dishes and is the perfect place to drop in for a cocktail and a quick bite, or a multi-course meal shared with friends. At the bar, an enomatic wine dispenser keeps up to 24 wines by the glass at the perfect temperature. A custom-built, wood-burning oven located in the back of the dining room entices guests with the smells of just-baked pizzas and focaccia. A long communal table in the bar area invites diners to enjoy a warm plate, a glass of wine and each other’s company.
Meet Posto’s Culinary Team
Executive Chef Massimo Fabbri was nominated 2009 CHEF OF THE YEAR by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Massimo grew up in Monsummano Terme, 30 miles northwest of Florence, Italy. As a boy, he aspired to become a chef; so much so that at age 14 he enrolled in hotel school at the Alberghiera F. Martini (famously located in the nearby town of Montecatini Terme). Within a year, Massimo landed his first job in a high-end kitchen, working at the 4-star Parma & Oriente hotel.
After graduation, Massimo moved to London, accepting a position at the Tuscan restaurant L’Ombrello. There, he discovered his passion for sharing his culture and cuisine with people from around the world.
In 2001, Massimo fulfilled another dream when he moved to America. Upon his arrival, he immediately joined Tosca’s current managing partner, Paolo Sacco, at Terrazza, then located in Friendship Heights. When Sacco opened Tosca later that year, Massimo joined him, and spent a year working alongside Chef Cesare Lanfranconi. Under Lanfranconi’s direction, Massimo gained a keen appreciation for simple, yet elegant, dishes crafted from locally grown products.
While his time at Tosca afforded Massimo new perspectives on food, he decided to return to his native Italy in 2002. For almost two years, he delighted patrons in several upscale hotels in Montecatini Terme and villas in Florence with his Tuscan specialties. Fortunately for Tosca, Massimo returned to Washington in 2004. Enthused by his time in Italy, he re-dedicated himself to Tosca’s kitchen and clientele, enhancing Tosca’s reputation as one of the most prestigious restaurants in our nation’s capital. As Executive Chef, Massimo enjoys opening his kitchen to customers, and takes exceptional pride presenting his unique, multi-course meals to those lucky few who reserve the restaurant’s kitchen table.
In the spring of 2008, Massimo joined forces with Tosca co-owner Paolo Sacco to design and create a more casual Italian trattoria-like restaurant. Posto is the delicious result. Though still the Executive Chef at Tosca, Massimo now spends time at Posto as well, designing the menu, overseeing the kitchen staff, and basically assuring that every morsel of food that comes out of the kitchen is delizioso!
Massimo and his wife Alexis reside just a few blocks away from Posto in Washington, D.C.
Matteo Venini was born in Mandello del Lario, Italy, near Lake Como in the northern region of Lombardy. He hails from a long line of butchers, and started working in the family’s butcher shop at a very young age. Alongside his father, he learned how to handle and prepare all types of meat, poultry and game.
At the age of 18, Matteo decided to expand his horizons, and started working in professional kitchens where he met Fabio Tacchella (one of Italy’s most highly-regarded chefs), who taught him the basics of cooking and instilled in him a great love and passion for Italian cuisine. He then studied at the Academy of Castalimenti and Etolie and La Cucina Italiana in Milan, where he refined his cooking and food presentation techniques.
Soon, adventure took hold of Matteo, and he moved to the United States where he joined the culinary team at Ristorante Tosca, Posto’s sister restaurant.
At Tosca, Matteo was able to work his way through almost every station in the kitchen, learning and imposing his style of Northern Italian cooking. After a year, he became Tosca’s Pastry Sous Chef, and established himself as one of the most talented cooks in the nation’s capital.
When the opportunity of Ristorante Posto came about, Matteo enthusiastically accepted Massimo Fabbri’s and Paolo Sacco’s offer to become Posto’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll find him there daily in the kitchen, leading a team of very talented cooks.
Matteo, his wife Olivia, and son Marcello live in Washington, DC.
Paolo Sacco, owner of Ristorante Tosca, brings 20 years of restaurant experience to his latest Washington, DC restaurant – Posto, which he co-owns with Massimo Fabbri.
Paolo has established himself as a dynamic leader in the restaurant and hospitality industry from his experiences throughout Italy, London, New York and Washington, D.C. Paolo’s career in D.C. began when he became the maitre d’ at the very trendy Bice Restaurant from 1993-1995, where he was responsible for the operation of the dining room, as well as creating unique menus with the chef.
Paolo’s previous restaurant experience also included serving as headwaiter at Paper Moon Milano Restaurant in New York City; assistant maitre d’ at Mario Franco Restaurants in London, England; chef de partie at Playtime Ristorante in Milan, Italy.
Paolo’s hard work and dedication have made him a true leader in the restaurant and hospitality industry. His mission to provide the highest quality of service plus his vested interest in his clients is the winning formula for success at Ristorante Tosca. Since its opening in April 2001, Ristorante Tosca has firmly established itself as a mature player on the Washington restaurant scene, and more recently has won accolades as one of the “hot dining spots of Obama’s Washington where the new Democratic elite meet to eat.” His new trattoria-style restaurant, Posto, is sure to follow that same path – albeit on a more casual level, as it is quickly becoming a favorite spot for Obama staffers.