Community & Philanthropy
Fabio and Maria Trabocchi are conscious of their role in the driving economic growth in the city of Washington, D.C. and are proud to employ more than 500 people in their five restaurants, many of whom started at entry level and have risen to be part of the management team. They are also active with numerous fundraisers and sponsorships in the community.
Fabio and Maria are involved with local government and agencies to promote development in the city, including the Penn Quarter Association, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID), the Georgetown BID, the SW BID, Van Ness Main Street, and Destination DC, the city’s travel and tourism marketing organization, in addition to being members of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.
The Trabocchis are committed to giving back to the community and supporting causes for which they feel a strong connection. For the last two years, Fabio and Maria have served as gala chairs for Refugees International. As immigrants to the United States seeking a better life for themselves, the Trabocchis understand the importance of the second chance that an organization like RI can provide for refugees in terms of provoking action in the form of relief and lifesaving support. In support of RI’s work, the Trabocchis donated $1 for every dessert sold at their seafood restaurant, Fiola Mare, to Refugees International. They are also supporting the conservation and advocacy efforts of the Potomac Conservancy, by donating a portion of the proceeds from cocktails at Fiola Mare and Del Mar. Maria also serves on the committee for Innocents at Risk, Children’s National, and Knock Out Abuse.
Since 2012, Fabio and Maria have supported Chefs for Equality, a program of the Human Rights Campaign, and Maria was asked to serve on the organizing committee for 2016.
Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants support the Careers in the Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to develop young talent for careers in the culinary and hospitality industry by hiring summer interns from local high schools in both culinary and pastry.
Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants also participate in the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance, providing oyster shells to be cleaned, treated with baby oysters, and restored to oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay.