Bebo's (in Crystal City)
Can someone give me the skinny on this new restaurant?
I ate there about a week after it first opened. Good food. It's Roberto Donna's new place, which he opened because (at least in part) his Galileo in DC has closed for renovations. Which were long overdue, IMO.
Galileo is -- with Palena and Obelisk -- one of the best Italian places in the area, so I'm really looking forward to it reopening.
Bebo is more relaxed and I suspect will get even more so once Galileo reopens.
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I went for lunch on a weekend a few weeks back. I had the pork rib in ragu, excellent and reasonably priced. The butter beans that came with it as a side, though, were on the hard side. Also, my wife's dish (can't recall what it was) came out lukewarm. Despite the glitches, we both thoroughly enjoyed the meal, great value, and vowed to return soon. Save room for dessert. They are only $5 each. The chocolate hazelnut tart or something or other is extraordinarily good. If what you are looking for is quality Italian at a reasonable price, this is the place.
I ate at there about a month or so ago for dinner on a sunday. They had very good pastas. Aglio olio in particular. I had the tripe and had to send it back..it was way too salty and seemed poorly executed. The others i was dining with had the lamb steak (wich was quite good) and rabbit, also pretty good. Service was bad. For instance, server poored more wine into my glass to keep it full, however he poored the wronge wine and mixed the two. Talked to some friends who ate there last weekend. Said they loved the pasta and lamb steak, but they ordered apps and the server brought apps and entrees out at the same time. they were out of 4 bottles of wine on the wine list they tried to order, and had nothing good to say about service. Id go back mabey just for a glass of wine and the pasta, but not for dinner.