Located in the Werthan Factory Building in Germantown, Rolf and Daughters is one of my new favorite restaurants.
The menu, inspired by Northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh Southern ingredients, is further described as “modern peasant food.” I’m not exactly sure what peasants ate, but Rolf and Daughters‘ execution is undoubtedly superior! I especially like the pastas, which are made fresh daily.
I have heard the complaints that the portions are small. And yes the heritage chicken is half the size of the roasted chicken at J. Alexander’s, but so much yummier! The menu selection is limited as well. Probably not the place for your only steak and potatoes eater.
There is communal seating in the middle of the restaurant and individual tables around the perimeter. There is also outdoor dining fronting Taylor Street. With exposed brick walls, wooden floors, and high ceilings, the restaurant is noisy. If you want to enjoy stimulating conversation with your dining companions, I suggest going before 7 PM. If you are looking for more of an “experience,” dine later or hang out at the always crowded bar.