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Apr 24, 2001 11:32 AM

Question for all of you - Who makes the best Spaghetti and Meatballs?

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I am throwing this out to the board - I am looking for the BEST spaghetti and meatballs in the DC metro area. Right now I love Maggiano's (I know they are a chain, but I still like it). I am asking all of you - where else should I go to try my favorite dish??!?!

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  1. Have you tried AV Ristorante downtown at 6th & NY Ave? Old-fashioned, red-checked tablecloths. I've had their white pizza & eggplant parmigiani, but not their meatballs. Don't look for noveau, light, fusion stuff tho. This place has been around for over 35 years.

    1. you'd think I was on the take for all I write about it but Otello, COnnecticut Ave below dupont. Great place.

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      1. re: pam

        Otello had its charms, but mainly whenGeorge McGovern was there nursing the 72 vote in a pool of marinara, as he used to do before heading off to some sinecure in europe. Don't get me wrong - I voted for him (grade school elections) - but Otello, like George, has been trading on memories: falsely recovered ones. I'd avoid, unless lines are so long everywhere else in the Circle that you're ready to settle. As for meatballs, make 'em yourself! Easy! Try any cookbook aside from Fanny Farmer!

        1. re: John

          You have impugned my honor sir!

          I have had NOTHING but good meals and excellent service at Otellos for the last 15 years. I get there a couple of times a year and it is invariably good -- accessible, hot, delicious...

          However, I have not tried their spaghetti and meat balls. Meat balls weird me out. They are so vague. What KIND of meat? And why did you roll them up into balls? I clearly carry scars from childhood, when my mom would soak loaves of stale bread and mix that into the "meat" with her bare hands, diamond rings off. yeck.

          As I was not around to witness McGovern's mealtime machinations, I can not speak to his preferences, but it hardly seems a sufficient criticism of a restaurant that a once active pol ate tasteless as one may find him or her. Since I do not have any "memories" of the place other than happy meals eaten, I will continue to patronize it and promote it, here and elsewhere.

          Now quit publicly contradicting me. I am trying to develop a reputation here. :)

          See you around, though presumably not at Otello.