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Don Cornelius Oct 13, 2006 02:00 AM

Has anyone been to Lia in Friendship Heights? My uncle wants to take us there for a family celebration, but I'm skeptical. I've never been a fan of Cheff Geoff's and I'd rather eat somewhere downtown than trek to the suburbs.

If I'm stuck there, what's worth ordering and what should be avoided?

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    AndrewF Oct 13, 2006 08:27 PM

    I was treated the other night so it's hard for me to be critical. It's a nice space. The food is *OK*. I wanted to like it more, but it seems to be consistent with the general opinion of Chef Geoff's...it aspires to be great, but just isn't. I had the filei calabresi, the pasta with sweet sausage and roasted tomato. It was rather dry...the dish seemed to have sat for awhile before it was served. The tomato cream sauce was basically non-existent. While the sausage was plentiful, it wasn't particularly distinctive. Others in my party had the salmon, the halibut, and the shrimp orecchiette. They were all generally well-received, though I didn't taste any of them.

    To be fair, there was a very good sweet potato ravioli appetizer. Also had the calamari, which was just calamari. The desserts were good...we had the strawberry napoleon and the Ligurian lemon cake with lemon sorbet.

    All in all, Lia's is not offensive, but it doesn't achieve the level to which it aspires.

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      smithhemb Oct 14, 2006 03:00 PM

      We've been a few times now. I like the Lia Burger the best (get it with the salad) and the fingerlings with taleggio appetizer were good. So were desserts (we had the ones mentioned above). Pizza wasn't good. Meat dishes were fine but the sort of thing you'd make at home as well or better.

      Overall, my take is very similar to Andrew's.

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        Don Cornelius Oct 18, 2006 08:27 PM

        I'm going to reply to my own post, because my initial expectations were low, but we really enjoyed ourselves.

        My dad ordered a hand-cut pasta with sausage and sage that had a variety of flavors that hit the tongue with every bite. I had the organic chicken with polenta, easily the most tender chicken I've ever tasted (and I brine my own at home).

        I'd go back again if in the area.

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