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Chef Roberto Donna has had his share of controversy over the years with all sorts of legal and financial troubles. But a few years back, the James Beard Award winning chef teamed up with ace restaurateur Hakan Ilhan, which allowed Donna to do what he does best—cook. The result of their collaboration was Al Dente Ristorante, a modern, urban Italian restaurant, which opened in D.C. in April 2012. They followed with Roberto’s 4, a higher-end restaurant that reflects some of the menu glory of his much acclaimed and shuttered Galileo restaurant. Just before Christmas, the duo opened their latest restaurant, Alba Osteria, a sister restaurant of sorts to Al Dente. The latest offers authentic Italian cuisine reflective of the Piedmont region of Italy, Donna’s homeland. While the chef has created the menu for Alba, Amy Brandwein was tapped as chef de cuisine, overseeing the daily culinary operations. The menu at the 226-seat Alba offers a selection of salumi and formaggi, antipasti, house-made pastas and Neapolitan pizza. The Washington Post praised the new restaurant, calling the tiny meatballs brightened with mint and draped with a sauce of red peppers, tomato and vinegar a crowd-pleaser. The poached marinated rabbit and tripe soup were also noted.