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Jan 28, 2009 03:06 PM

Where can you get a good Calzone - Arlington/Alexandria

I read a really bazarre news article tonight about a mishap with a calzone order and it got me thinking (and craving) a really good calzone. One that isn't to dry, with some decent sauce and ingredients.

Here is the article - I think the owner needs to cut down on the espresso or something....

Pizzeria owner accused of beating man over calzone

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - Flagler County authorities said a restaurant owner pistol-whipped and beat a customer who complained that his takeout order was incorrect. The owner of Goomba's Pizzeria was charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and released on bail.

According to a police report, security footage from the pizzeria shows that the owner struck the customer with a gun. He then jumped over a counter and started to assault the customer and his roommate.

The customer was at the pizzeria to collect a refund for a calzone, which he said was prepared incorrectly. He was taken to a hospital after the incident with a bloodied head.

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  1. I can't say there is anyplace here where you can get THAT kind of treatment, sorry.

    And I hesitate to recommend anyplace without actually seeing or trying the kind you describe - I've found that calzones I've tried (made from the house's pizza dough) tend toward dryness (or at least toughness) when the dough is used in that application.

    Possibly the best I've ever had is in local-favorite-beach-resort Rehoboth Beach Delaware, at Nicola's.

    I used to enjoy the more-densely-packed "Hippie Rolls" at the late lamented Joe's Place, and their sturdiness was an asset, whereas their calzones were equally 'sturdy' but that didn't suit the soft cheese and sauce inside.

    I will anxiously await seeing other responses.

    1. Very bizarre article indeed. My husband and I are now fans of Quattro Formaggi - very close to the King St. metro stop (across from the Whole Foods). The guy has been running the joint for many years...he used to be in the space that is now Whole Foods. Little ambiance to speak of, but their pizzas and calzones are decent. If you get a pie, ask for "extra crispy." Just as a reference point, I've tried slices/pies from the Italian Store, Tony's NY Pizza, Bebo, Pomodoro, 2 Amys, Pizza Paradiso, Palisades, Comet Ping Pong, Z Pizza, Pietanza, Whole Foods, etc., etc., etc.

      Quattro Formaggi Italian
      1725 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. re: pleen

        Quattro Formaggi's calzones are pretty good. But their gyros are pretty good as well. Valentino's calzones are even better.

        Valentino's New York Style
        4813 Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22312

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Valentino's is easily the best pizza I've had in NOVA. I've never indulged in one of their calzones, but I'd be fairly confident in their ability to make a tasty one.

          1. re: aburkavage

            I've been to Valentino's several times - I personally prefer a thinner crust pizza. I'll have to try their calzones though. Thanks for the tip!

      2. I would call it the best Calzone I've ever had but I was pretty happy with the one I got at


        It was a spicy chicken. Not too dry. Not all dough. Lots of filling. There pizza there isn't very good (too much crust) but I did like the Calzones.

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        1. re: jongchen

          concur, we've had excellent calzones at julianos. i get mine with pepperoni and banana peppers. pretty delicious! but - we really like the pizza too.

        2. This is not really responsive to your question, but just in case any dairy-free folks clicked here.... I ate at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington (Arlington) a couple of nights ago, and was amazed to find a vegan calzone on the menu. I'm vegetarian (I eat milk and eggs), so I was pretty sure it would be terrible, but I ordered it for research purposes and to reward the restaurant for their efforts. On the menu, it contains vegan pepperoni, vegan cheese, onions, peppers, and spinach. You can make whatever substitutions you want, though. Although the price was $11.95, it was enormous.

          The dough and sauce were excellent. The vegan pepperoni is not my favorite brand (which is Lightlife), and I found it salty rather than spicy. The cheese was nothing like ricotta and melted mozzarella -- it was just shredded soy cheese. But with everything wrapped up together, it had most of the right flavors and textures.

          If you're vegan or you can't eat dairy, I think you'll be thrilled to be able to order this, and it doesn't taste bad at all. If you eat traditional calzones regularly, this dish isn't for you.

          1. Have you tried Monterey's in Alexandria?
            It's really a take out/delivery place, but it's pretty decent. Phone service can be flaky sometimes, because they are so busy. But it's pretty decent for calzones and pizzas.