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WBJ: Michael Schlow readies fast-casual Italian concept in Bethesda

Prima Coming to Bethesda Row this Spring

Michael Schlow isn’t done with Greater Washington.

The chef behind the Riggsby, Tico and Casolare in the District, among others, will open a fast-casual Italian concept this month in Bethesda Row.

Prima is billed as a Mediterranean diet-focused spot where guests can customize their bowls with daily selections of veggies, grains, legumes, herbs and proteins. Selections include rosemary-lemon chicken, fresh mozzarella, roasted salmon, meatballs, Sicilian tuna and more.

There will also be chef-inspired bowl selections on the menu, including the Amalfi with fresh mozzarella, basil tomatoes, wild mushrooms, white beans, pesto and arugula, as well as the Ortolana featuring roasted baby carrots, wild mushrooms, broccoli, black lentils, marinated artichoke and ancient grains.

All of the ingredients are gluten-free and friendly to vegetarian, vegan, Keto and Paleo diets.

“My goal with Prima is to give our guests an opportunity to enjoy full-flavored, healthy, approachable Italian food in a casual, comfortable setting,” Schlow said in a statement.

The Boston-based restaurateur has a total of six restaurants open in Greater Washington, including two locations of Alta Strada.

The Prima space at 7280 Woodmont Ave. has indoor seating for 38, as well as a 16-seat patio. It was designed by Core Architects.

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

A firm opening date has not been announced.

This article originally appears on Washington Business Journal. Read it HERE!