Dino's Grotto Come to Shaw

Help Dean & Kay bring Dino's Grotto to Shaw. Great food, wine & drink, supporting our network of local farmers & food artisans who follow sustainable methods.
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Dean Gold
Food
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
3 Team Members

Ciao Amici!

It's clear that we at Dino depend on you, our fans, as our number one source of support.  And crucial to our success in bringing Dino's Grotto to Shaw is that we develop new fans in the new neighborhood.  Dino has won the Washington City Paper’s Best Italian Restaurant category in their Reader’s Poll the last two years.  Dino has been named either #1 or #2 favorite restaurant in the Washingtonian’s Favorite Restaurant Category four years running, and Best Italian the last 2 times it was awarded.  So it’s no surprise that now, as we seek to bring Dino’s Grotto to Shaw, we again turn to our fans, both long established and potential, to help us.

Why Indiegogo? 

We would LOVE it if we could entirely finance the restaurant thru this campaign so we can birth our new baby with just our own resources and fan support.  This is the only way we can have the freedom to do what we do best: support our sustainable network of small family farms & wineries, and artisan producers deliciously!

It will take over $200,000 in total to bring the new Dino's Grotto to fruition.  So even when we hit our target, please keep on donating!  Then we can give our regulars and our new customers what they want.

Shaw

The Shaw neighborhood is undergoing a rebirth of vibrancy and excitement after many a hard year.  Dino is closing in Cleveland Park and now comes to Shaw to experience its own rebirth into a new form and a new future.  We are excited to join such a dynamic and exciting neighborhood. 

Who we are

With your help, the new Dino's Grotto will be in Shaw very soon!  We look forward to being a part of Shaw just as we have been a part of Cleveland Park these past eight and a half years.  If there is one thing that is obvious about Dino, it’s that Dino is a passionate place for food and drink.  And we hope to take that passion to new levels in Shaw. 

We invite you to support us on Indiegogo as we create Dino's Grotto in Shaw.  Built on our interpretation of Italian food:

  • Fresh ingredients at peak of season
  • Simple cooking and presentation  
  • Respect for the culture, history & science of Italian food
  • A mix familiar dishes and with constantly evolving seasonally inspired new ones
  • Devotion to local, artisan and sustainable production
  • Food not to be looked at, but to be enjoyed
  • Sharing with friends and family, casually or on a special occasion
  • Great cocktails, unusual wines, exciting local and other beers
  • House made non alcoholic beverages
  • Gluten free & vegetarian friendly
  • All served without pretense in a friendly hubbub of fun.  

We are calling the new location Dino’s Grotto to let folk know we will be different from Dino in Cleveland Park, yet very much the same.  The same passion will flourish, but in a new neighborhood.  We will have all the old favorites yet new dishes will abound.  I have no idea what our new neighbors will want from us, but I do know that we will continue to be a local joint.  The food and drink will adhere to the same principles using the same network of small family producers that are the hallmark of Dino.  We will strive to deliver a restaurant experience with integrity and fun.  Our team is ready for the new challenge that Dino’s Grotto in Shaw will present.


Our Food and Our Mission

We believe the sourcing of our ingredients is the number one determinant of the quality of our foods.  By contributing to Dino’s Grotto directly thru Indiegogo, we can have the freedom to do what we love and think is right:

  • Support responsible farming, local and artisan production
  • Find passionate producers of hand crafted beers, spirits and wines to match our food
  • Take our local bounty and preserve its peak of season flavor thru preserving, canning, shrubs, infusions and freezing for the entire year.

Click donate to help bring our vision of food, wine, beverage and sustainability to life in Shaw. 


All restaurants serve farm to table foods.  Food is grown on a farm somewhere.  A lot of it is transformed at a factory before the Big Food Truck drives up to the restaurant door.  We don’t put up with that.  We don’t have a daily truck from a giant produce wholesaler who cares more about moving boxes than how food is grown or tastes.  The question is not “Is this food from a farm?” or “Is this food local?” 

Instead we ask 

  • “Is it wonderful?” 
  • “What kind of farming?”  
  • “How is it grown?” 
  • “How is the environment treated?”  
  • “Is it sustainable?”  
  • “Is it traditional?”   
Only then do we ask 

  • “Is it local?” 

We are not saying that everything we offer is local, sustainable, etc. because lemons come from Florida, California or Mexico {depending on the season} and we need lemons every day.  But every item in our walk in was bought with a fully conscious decision making process.  And none of it comes on a Big Food Truck.

At Dino, we honor not the farm to table movement, but the individual farmers or small coops and producers.  By supporting our campaign, you also benefit our friends and partners who deliver amazing provisions while remaining committed to sustainability, authenticity and deliciousness.  Our suppliers: beer, wine, meat, veggies, provisions and cheese are not supported by Dino just because of their sustainability, but for both sustainability and flavor.  When you click on the donate button, you are supporting the whole team at Dino, not just our cooks, dishwashers, wait staff and their supports, but the following as well:

  • Brian Kerney ~ Truck Patch Farms {pork, tomatoes, kale, eggplant, MD}

  • Zach Lester and Georgia O’Neil’s ~ Tree & Leaf {spicy greens, radishes, the best fingerling potatoes, and incredible Italian chicories and chards, MD}
  • Tuscarora Organic Co-op {all organic or wild veggies year round, PA}
  • Craig Rogers of Border Spring’s Lamb {grass fed lamb bred for flavor, not wool, VA}
  • Heinz Thomet and Gabrielle Lajoie ~ Next Step Produce {cabbages, peppers, odd greens you’ve never heard of and amazing tomatoes, VA}
  • Eli and Misty Cook ~ Spring Valley Farms & Orchard {apples, tomatoes, peaches, veggies, WV}. 
  • Cynda of Gardners Gourmet {tomatoes, salad greens, MD}
  • Joe Bonacore & Jim Chambers ~ Prime Seafood {sustainable and mostly local seafood purchased fresh at the dock and fish market the day it is delivered to our door}


  • Roseda Black Angus Farm {dry aged, all natural beef, not hormones, growth promoters  or sub therapeutic antibiotics used ever! MS, DE, PA}

  • Sean McDermott, Nick and Gardiner Lapham ~ The Farm at Sunnyside {young ginger, cabbages, asparagus, berries, summer squash, radishes, VA}
  • Path Valley Family of Farms {small family farms with heritage veggies, PA}
  • The Fresh Link {a network of organic and small family farms, VA}
  • Heyser Farm {a local farm stand that grows great apples, peaches, pears; and sells produce from their network of small farms in Silver Spring, on the Eastern shore and Southern PA}
  • Euro Gourmet {Italian cheeses and provisions, seafood}
  • Mark Toigo ~ Toigo Orchard {peaches, Asian pears, apples, tomatoes, PA}
  • Sogno Toscano and Behroush Sharifi ~ {gourmet products, olive oils, Italian tomatoes and other provisions, olive oil, truffles}
  • Mikuni Wild Harvest {baby artichokes, wild mushrooms, seafood}

Craft Cocktails, Local and Artisan Beer and Wine

One will not just eat at Dino.  Wine, beer and spirits are a large part of our fun offerings.  So look for local beers from Right Proper {we hope!}, 3 Star, Blue Jacket, DC Brau, Port City and more small producers as they spring up all around our area.  Local and craft spirits like Dad’s Hat Rye, Green Hat Gin, Willet Bourbons & Rye.  Fabian’s and John’s fabulous craft cocktails featuring our bevy of local fruit infused spirits, house made bitters, syrups, shrubs and infusions.  Dean’s personal passion will be reflected in wines from tiny Italian and American producers you probably have never heard of.  Wines made with anti technology methods like orange, amphora aged and organic wines. Wines made by individuals, not corporate winemaking committees and chemicals.  Wines from people as passionate about their art as we are about sharing the results.  Dean will have {see perks list!} a Coravin to show off rarities and older wines.  

Dal Forno Romano Amarone, Mt Eden Pinot Noir 2006 or 1997 Brunello by the glass anyone?


Our Passion

We assure you ~ the difference our passion for ingredients makes is in the taste.  So please do your part to help us share our passion with you, our faithful fans and our new neighbors in Shaw.  Please help us have the maximum freedom to serve our fan base thru making a contribution to our campaign.  Be a part of the Dino family!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Dino’s Grotto in Shaw!!!

Dean, Kay, Fabian, Lenins, John, Amy and the rest of the Dino Family


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$20,140USD
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This campaign ended on February 6, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Benvenuto a Dino {Wecome}

    Enjoy a free cocktail, beer, house wine by the glass, bottomless non alcoholic beverage or an antipasto with purchase of an additional item of equal or greater value. Your purchase must include both food and beverage. Does not include tax and tip.

    18 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    Amici {Friends}

    Two coupons each good for a 10% discount on a visit to Dino's Grotto in Shaw. Gather up a group of friends for cocktails and/or dinner and you can enjoy discounts in excess of your contribution! Dreaded legalese: Not valid for Saturdays, special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Does not include tax and tip.

    35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $40USD
    Tutti e Due {Burger and Brew}

    Our famed Dino Burger: 10 oz of dry aged beef , Anchovy Sriracha aioli, grilled Ciabatta. Fans love it with a drink! Enjoy this treat for half off, at our bar, five {5} burgers for yourself {and friends!} Four {4} burgers {or paninis!} and a glass of wine, beer or cocktail for 50% off. Roughly, 25% off! Dreaded Legalese: Dino’s Grotto not responsible for stains on your clothing! Bar only, space available. May not be combined with other offers. Tax and tip not included.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $85USD
    Buon Affare {Good Deal}

    Two coupons each good for a $50 discount when you spend $100+ on a visit to Dino's Grotto in Shaw. Use both and you're ahead on the deal! Dreaded legalese: Not valid for Saturdays, special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Does not include tax and tip. Giftable.

    11 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Amici Cari {Dear Friends}

    10% off your dining and drinking at Dino's Grotto thru November 30 2014! Enjoy our food and beverage and get a 10% discount for your table. Bring friends {who have never been to Dino is always best} and it's easy to amass discounts of over $100!! Your name on founders page of our website. Dreaded legalese: Not valid for Saturdays, special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Non transferable but may be given as a gift. Does not include tax and tip.

    29 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $200USD
    Cacciatore di Saldi

    For the bargain hunter! Five {5} coupons each good for a $50 discount when you spend $100+ on a visit to Dino's Grotto in Shaw. Use then all and you're ahead on the deal! Dreaded legalese: Not valid for Saturdays, special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Does not include tax and tip. Giftable!

    5 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $300USD
    Gli Amanti {The Lovers}

    A special tasting menu for two {2} designed by Dean. Lovers, friends, or even people who don't like each other but enjoy good food and drink can enjoy a 5 course plus treats tasting menu accompanied by special wines or cocktails. Your name on founders page of our website. Dreaded legalese: May not be combined with any other offer. Not valid Saturdays or holidays. Subject to availability of reservation. Reserve 3+ days in advance. Does not include tax and tip.

    21 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $375USD
    Ubriaco {Booze Inspector}

    Your own happy hour on your schedule. Half off {50%} your glass of wine, beer or cocktails for one year {with purchase of food}. Come in a time or two a wek and this is one sweet deal! Your name on our website founders page. Dreaded legalese: Maximum two {2} drinks per visit, four drinks {4} per week. Must order one dish per drink. Not valid for special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Non transferable but giftable. Does not include tax and tip.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $400USD
    Alchemia Americano

    A custom cocktail tasting served for 8 people at the bar. Fabian or John will design three cocktails using our best craft spirits along with house~made bitters, syrups and infusions. Dean will match three dishes to suit your tastes. Your name on founders page of our website. Dreaded legalese: Not available Fridays, Saturdays or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Subject to availability of reservation. Reserve 3 days in advance. Does not include tax and tip.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $450USD
    Conoscitore {Connoisseur}

    Enjoy 10% off your drinking and dining at Dino's Grotto thru our first two {2} years of operation! Your name on founders page of our website. Dreaded legalese: One per table only. Not valid for Saturdays, special menus, events or holidays. May not be combined with other offers. Non transferable but may be given as a gift. Does not include tax and tip.

    4 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Buona Forchetta {Fresser}

    Have your own wine dinner for eitght {8}! Let Dean select 5 fabulous wines paired with a tasting menu. Drink Montalcino's, Piemonte's and Amarone di Valpolicella's greats. Your name on our founders wall and our website founders page. Dreaded legalese: May not be combined with any other offer. Not valid Fridays, Saturdays or holidays. Subject to availability of reservation. Must reserve at least 3 days in advance. Does not include tax and tip.

    5 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $2,500USD
    OMFG

    OMFG means Oh my! Fine grapes!! {What were you thinking ?!?} Let Dean raid the cellar and select 5 wines paired with a tasting menu for 8 lucky guests. Drink old California Cabs, Zins, Barolo, Brunello and Amarone. Your name on our founders wall and our website founders page. Dreaded legalese: May not be combined with other offers. Not valid Fridays, Saturdays or holidays. Subject to availability of reservation. Must reserve at least 3 days in advance. Does not include tax and tip.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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