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MtVernon Oct 16, 2008 07:00 AM

Where is a good spot to get good cheap Italian food for carb loading for the marathon?

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    katecm RE: MtVernon Oct 16, 2008 08:07 AM

    Anna Maria's, on CT, north of Dupont. It's not fancy at all, but it's decent, homemade Italian, and it comes with some fantastic tomato foccacia that'll help you with your carbs, too.

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      Elyssa RE: katecm Oct 16, 2008 09:32 AM

      I 2nd this. You can also go to Vapiano also in the Dupont area.

    2. fishie RE: MtVernon Oct 16, 2008 10:51 AM

      Pasta mia on Columbia Rd....cheap and good.

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        Elyssa RE: fishie Oct 16, 2008 10:55 AM

        Be warned that you have to wait in line to get in to Pasta Mia (and depending on when you get there that can be a 1/2 hour+ wait). And they have strict rules about substitutes etc. I thought the pasta was good but I thought the experience was a little stressful. The tables were close together, they only except cash, the waitresses were not that friendly....but the alfredo sauce was decadent and delicious :)

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        elnora RE: MtVernon Oct 16, 2008 02:52 PM

        if you want a lot of pasta for cheap, try il radicchio over the key bridge in arlington, va. you buy pasta plain for $6 (all you can eat spaghetti), and then you buy your sauces separate, and if you get 2 sauces, it wouldnt be more than 10$ (each sauce averages about $4-6). they have an especially good pistachio gorgonzola, but a wide variety of different sauces (vegetarian options too). for the deal, and for the amount of pasta, it cant be beat. there may be better pasta places, but this definitely hits the spot. i brought some out-of-towners a couple years ago before the marathon and they loved it.

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          zelda68 RE: MtVernon Oct 17, 2008 07:18 AM

          I'd check out Filomena's in Gtown. Large portions.

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