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Sep 17, 2008 07:12 AM

Anybody been to Girasole in The Plains?

We're thinking of going there later this month based on a recommendation from a friend. I've been trying to find their website or a menu on-line to see what they have, but I haven't had any luck. I'm just wondering what type of Italian food they have, traditional? Is it worth the drive out there? Thanks.

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  1. Yes, it's awesome. Definitely worth the drive. They are a sister restaurant to Panino in Manassas. They do have a menu, but I didn't look at it because I am used to eating at Panino. The key to these restaurants is that you don't order off the menu, they have a big variety of daily specials in all categories. I bring paper and pen to write them all down because it's hard to remember them all when they start listing them.

    I had the deconstructed ravioli that were just killer. The pasta dough was so light. I could go on and on.

    Here is my review from TripAdvisor that I posted when I first went in October 2006.

    Girasole means Sunflower in Italian. I have passed this restaurant many times on my way through The Plains and finally had an opportunity to stop in. This is the type of place that has a small menu and then several daily specials in each category of appetizer, salad and entree. Bring a pen and paper to jot down all your choices because it gets confusing fast! You want to stick with the specials. We had ravioli that was so light and delicate and venison that was extremely flavorful and tender. Save room for dessert. The restaurant is located right on the train tracks, so when the trains go by, it's a little noisy if you are sitting outside (over 3 hours only 2 trains passed). The outside patio has about 10 wrought iron tables and chairs, a lovely area for live music and a pretty little fountain that makes it so relaxing to listen to while dining. Inside is beautifully decorated with hard wood floors and beautiful tables. The bathrooms are extremely tiny, not handicapped accessible, but beautifully decorated with tiles on the walls. Everything in the restaurant and bathroom looks new and clean. There is a nice bar area with small tables and leather chairs and couches, there is also an area that can be sectioned off for a private party. This is an Italian Restaurant owned by the same chef who owns Paninos in Manassas, VA, a restaurant that I frequent. They were also involved in another restaurant in the '80s in Washington DC that I went to on a weekly basis for lunch.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member

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    1. re: Manassas64

      Thanks for the info. About how much should I look to spend for my wife and myself?

      1. re: sbouldin

        We don't drink and it came to about $100 before tip. That was for 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and coffee.

    2. My whole family went 3 years ago for Dad's Day (brunch) and it was delicious - fresh and creative. Not to mention a beautiful space, ideal for special occasions. I only wish I lived closer. Please do report back. I'm curious for an up to date report.

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      1. re: Meg

        Thanks, I'll definitely give a report back. My wife and I are going for our anniversary and we're excited.