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May 30, 2006 12:02 PM

Girasole, The Plains, VA? Anyone tried this place?

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While driving through bucolic The Plains VA this weekend I spotted a pretty hip looking place called Girasole, which calls itself a bistro. It's around the corner from the Rail Stop, on the road heading up to Middleburg.

Anyone been yet?

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  1. Yep, for Father's Day last year, and have been meaning to go back ever since. It's Italian with a very creative, fresh menu. Excellent food, service and decor. Highly recommend it. If only it weren't so out of the way....

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    1. re: Meg

      Sounds good ... do you know if they have a website? (I couldn't find one) Did you do brunch for Father's Day?

      1. re: Sharon

        Yep, did brunch, but it was an a la carte menu, not a buffet.

          1. re: Paula

            Is Girasole still in business? Their website appears to be gone.

              1. re: alkapal

                Pasta fagiole for $5.50...

                I had the best pasta fagiole I've ever had several weeks ago but it cost E 14 plus a E 6 cover to sit there and eat it. (Almost $30!!!!)

      2. Have eaten there many times. It is sort of Norther Italian--not heavy and full of tomatoes. Good wine list and great desserts. It ain't cheap, but it is worth it. You can also try their place in Manassas, Paninos, basically the same menu but different venue. If you are fortunate you may see Rober Duvall there on the weekend. Very low key guy.

        If it is a nice day, eat on the patio.

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          1. They combined the two websites for Panino and Girasole


            I was a huge Tiberios lover back in the day and didn't put it together until I read a review about the Tiberio's connection. I eat at Panino's frequently and have been to Girasole once. Love both places.

            1. re: Manassas64

              20 bucks for a grilled chicken breast? that must be some kind of a chicken.

              1. re: Manassas64

                Web page is slow! (not to mention hard to find)

                I wish that restaurants would go with simple web pages & drop the huge, slow, artsy flash pages!

                Just tell me: Where are you? When are you open? What's on the menu?

                1. re: BlueRidgePro

                  oh, that IS DREADFUL!

                  we should tell them, "it's not about how beautiful your website is; if the dang thing never freakin' loads, then we ain't gonna see any of it."

            2. Wow -- I just looked at the beautiful website that was the subject of a few posts below and was rather shocked at the prices at Girasole. We still haven't made it out there and now I'm not so sure I want to try it. Does the food at least come close to justifying the prices?

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                1. re: Bob W

                  Well it's been 5-6 years since I went and I can remember exactly what my deconstructed ravioli looked and tasted like.

                  Loved every single bite of my meal and the ambiance. So for me, yes the prices were justified.

                  But, so you understand my philosophy on eating out, I dont' eat out every week. To me, eating out is a treat and an experience so I can afford to spend a little more at one place than to spread it out over lunch and dinner several times a week.

                  1. re: Manassas64

                    i'm sorry, and don't take this personally, but "deconstructed ravioli"? LOL!!!! what, the chef is too lazy to put the filling actually IN the pasta? or did you just get ground prosciutto, ricotta and spinach, along with a pile of flour and eggs?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      It's actually "construct-your-own", similar in concept to the Build-A-Bear Workshops. Assembling it yourself is part of the fun.

                      1. re: KeithW

                        now i'm really confused. you get to go into the kitchen and stuff your own ravioli with a filling of choice? now it's making me think of mongolian bbq -- "here, add some chives"!. or do you sit at the table and get ravioli pasta "pockets" and then fork the filling in just before you put it in your mouth? hmmm....

                        <can you tell that i've never actually been INTO a "build-a-bear workshop"? i think they are some brilliant marketing idea that's made someone a whole heckuva lot of money catering to self-indulgent folks with more money than sense>.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          I should have labeled my post "Caution: Humor attempt, do not take seriously". I have never stepped foot inside Girasole.

                          (It was enthusiastically recommended to me by the owner of an art gallery in The Plains, though, but we couldn't go because it was closed at that time, a weekday at about noon.)

                          1. re: KeithW

                            Is Girasole open for lunch? The website seems to indicate just dinner and Sunday brunch, but it is a bit ambiguous.

                            1. re: KeithW

                              I like the Build-a-Bear visual. LOL

                        2. re: alkapal

                          LOL Instead of sealing the ravioli, the filling is just inside 2 sheets of pasta. It's a beautiful presentation and the pasta is very thin and light.


                      2. re: Bob W

                        I keep intending to go but I keep remembering my experience at the sister restaurant, Panino's in Manassas, and thinking again. Panino's has quite ambitious prices and the food does not live up to it. I had a fritto misto that consisted of just a few different items and nothing really exciting, and a lentil soup that was oversalted. Overall the menu was a step above your basic red-sauce place but nothing seemed very well conceived or executed, and the prices were such that things should have been much better. I intend to go back on the chance that I caught them on an off night, but gee, I have been intending to go back for a few years now and nothing has come of it...

                        1. re: antepiedmont

                          @ Antipietdmont--Your tastebuds must be much more critical than most people who have eaten at both of these places. I have been to many restaurants around the world and while I have been to some better but there are not many considering choices and price. I don't know what you expected in the Frito Misto, but thought there was sufficient variety. My wife and I love Panino's because the lighting and tables put you into your own little "zone". Maybe you are just too picky or you don't know what you are talking about--either way you life is poorer for not returning. Or since you are "antipiedmont" either go back to the mountains or the sea.

                          1. re: sailorguy

                            I'm going to assume that sailorguy is best buds with antepiedmont and his caustic reply is some sort of inside joke.

                            1. re: KeithW

                              well, then, it's a crappy joke.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                Wouldn't know you either alkpal, but see my comment to KeithW, whom I do not know either. "Crappy joke?" All in the eye of the beholder I guess or taste buds perhaps.

                              2. re: KeithW

                                I wouldn't know antipiedmont if I ran in to him/her. I just call 'em like I see 'em--crappy joke or not.

                                  1. re: Arabella09

                                    No, only Sundays for brunch 11 am - 2:30 pm, according to their Web site.

                                1. re: KeithW

                                  This conversation reminds me of my very first post on CH regarding Foundation in Manassas. < waves to Antepiedmont >

                                  I got the last laugh on that conversation since (a) the chef left soon after our "discussion" and (b) it's now closed.

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