Mosaic to Welcome Mike Isabella's Kapnos Kouzina in Early 2016

Isabella also slated to use Kapnos Kouzina space to introduce a French Mediterranean concept, Requin, headlined by former Top Chef finalist Jennifer Carroll beginning this fall

Aug 25, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosaic, one of the leading mixed-use developments in the Washington, D.C. metro area, is pleased to announce that Mike Isabella's Kapnos Kouzina will join the community's growing dining scene in early 2016.


Mosaic will be the second location for Kapnos Kouzina, which pulls its name from the Greek word for kitchen. The ambience and menu will match its name, featuring home-style Greek cuisine, rustic Mediterranean dishes and platters to share.

While Isabella and his team work through plans to renovate the existing space along with a new roof-top patio for Kapnos Kouzina, Chef Carroll will use the space as a pop-up for Requin, a French Mediterranean concept she and Isabella will open in D.C. in 2017. The pop-up will serve dinner only, Tuesday-Saturday, beginning this fall and continuing through the end of the year.

"EDENS is excited to have Mike Isabella and his team join the Mosaic community," said Jessica Bruner, managing director of EDENS, Mosaic's owner and operator. "Adding a renowned chef like Mike Isabella and bringing in Kapnos Kouzina adds to what has become Northern Virginia's premier dining destination, with favorites like True Food Kitchen, Brine, DGS, Matchbox, Red Apron's B-Side and Sisters Thai."

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About Kapnos Kouzina

Like its soon-to-open sister restaurant in Bethesda, MD, Kapnos Kouzina will offer a homestyle take on regional Greek cooking that is more traditional and classic than the inland and coastal styles presented at the original Kapnos and Arlington's Kapnos Taverna.

Kapnos Kouzina will feature both small plates and large-format platters served family-style. Greek-spiced crispy chicken with attiki honey, braised lamb top round with lentils, eggplant, tomato and harissa and whole roasted branzino in a spicy clam broth will be among the signature dishes. The Kapnos Kouzina menu will also feature a few favorites from the original Kapnos, notably the stone bread and Greek spreads. Like Kapnos Taverna, Kapnos Kouzina will be open for weekday lunch. Chef Billy Riddle will serve as chef de cuisine at the Mosaic District location, while Juan Rivera will lead the kitchen in the same position in Bethesda when it opens this fall.

About Chef Mike Isabella

Mike Isabella is the chef/owner of Graffiato, Kapnos and G in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna and Pepita Cantina in Arlington, Va. and a second location of Graffiato in Richmond, Va. His forthcoming projects include two locations of Kapnos Kouzina and Kapnos Taverna, as well as Yona, a partnership with chef Jonah Kim, and Requin, a partnership with chef Jennifer Carroll.

Outside the kitchen, Isabella appeared on Season Six of Top Chef and Top Chef Duels, and he was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars. Currently, Isabella serves as a recurring judge on FYI's "Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown." He is also the author of Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian.

About Mosaic

Located in the heart of Fairfax County, Mosaic is a hand-selected mix of retail, food and entertainment experiences. We bring together the finest local fashion boutiques and restaurants with premier national retailers and the Angelika Film Center to form a community that has been voted "Best of" by Washingtonian magazine, DC Eater, Northern Virginia magazine, and Arrive magazine. For more information about Mosaic, please visit

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For further information: Shari Stenzler, 212-759-2800, [email protected]