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The Lighter Side of Cuba Libre


DC’s passport to Cuba landed a new chef this fall. Matthew Zagorski put on a Cuba Libre DC executive chef coat after training at the flagship Cuba Libre restaurant in Philadelphia. Matthew executes James Beard award-winning Chef/Partner Guillermo Pernot's menu with finesse. If heavy foods like Ropa Vieja and fried yucca come to mind when you consider Cuban cuisine, note that Matthew has put a healthy spin on it with a brand new “Latin Grill” menu. It showcases simply grilled proteins with inventive sauces like seared tuna with a zippy mojito salsa verde. These dishes lean gluten free, and Matthew is certified to cook for guests with Celiac disease. We snapped him after trying his menu.