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Italian dinner in Northern Virginia

janis.rosen Oct 7, 2007 06:39 PM

Looking for some new Italian restaurants .... Any suggstions??

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  1. jpschust RE: janis.rosen Oct 7, 2007 08:03 PM

    Have you been to Sette Bello? Not bad- not the best Italian in the region, but certainly not bad.

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      Indy 67 RE: janis.rosen Oct 8, 2007 04:10 AM

      Yes, a good one! We had a lovely experience at Cucina Vivace (23rd Street near Crystal City), and I'm looking forward to more meals there.

      My initial remarks got posted in a thread about Bebo, so you may have missed them. Here's the link to the original thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446042

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        bylinemjf RE: janis.rosen Oct 8, 2007 09:10 AM

        Il Radiccio certainly isn't flawless but it has some good options. Have had excellent veal there, decent risotto, and love the pistachio sauce if you get the all-you-can-eat spaghetti. There's also a chicken penne dish with goat cheese that's addictive. Their appetizers/bread are hit and miss.

        1. ktmoomau RE: janis.rosen Oct 8, 2007 10:03 AM

          My favorites are Sette Bello mentioned above, especially their risotto with meats
          (lamb or veal normally) and Argia's in Falls Church, although I haven't been in a while.

          1. BigEats RE: janis.rosen Oct 8, 2007 06:50 PM

            Less than a year old is Pane e Vino on Lorton Station Blvd. Pretty darn good.

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              Skittle RE: janis.rosen Oct 9, 2007 10:58 AM

              The Alpine Restaurant in Arlington has been a family favorite of ours for years. It's very old school, not trendy or fashionable at all, but it's got buckets of charm and the food is fantastic and plentiful.

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                JAA RE: janis.rosen Oct 9, 2007 11:38 AM

                Not new, but really good -- Try Dolce Vita in Fairfax

                1. BigEats RE: janis.rosen Oct 9, 2007 02:20 PM

                  I just had lunch at Vespucci in Fairfax. Surprisingly good....I think it's run by an Iranian, but the food was very good. I had one of the better Chilean Sea Bass dishes I've had in a while, and the tomato-mozzarella salad Caprese was extremely good -- they make the mozzarella there.

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                    MizYellowRose RE: janis.rosen Oct 9, 2007 11:11 PM

                    Our favorite Italian restaurant is Esposito's in Fairfax on 29/50 just west of Fairfax Circle. It is owned by an Italian family. We've been going since it opened in the early 80s. Their zucchini fritti is the best we've ever had. The bread is authentic Italian bread--that's something you don't often find in Italian restaurants around here. All their sauces and pastas are homemade (so to speak). We're originally from the Northeast and have found that the DC Metro area is not known for having good Italian food. Esposito's comes the closest to what we were used to getting. Just note-- the place is in need of a remodel but is very clean.

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                      odubum RE: janis.rosen Oct 10, 2007 10:46 AM

                      Our favorite for Italian is Pines of Florence in Old Town Alexandria. Nothing fancy. Just good food at a good price.

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