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Veal Parmesean in NOVA?

I've not had luck finding my go-to Italian restaurant in NOVA. Not looking for gourmet, just a typical lasanga-alfredo-veal parm type menu.

Any recommendations? Tried Vespucci and wasn't too impressed.


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  1. I get my fix from Cafe Monti in Alexandria.


    However, they seemed to be closed during the times I need them the most.

    1. i like listrani's. also check out sette bello. there is a place near my house called il raddichio that i've heard good things about as well.

      1. This is just a guess, but I would look to any of the several "Pines Of ..." restaurants, all acceptable red-sauce Italian places.

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        1. re: wayne keyser

          wayne, i was thinking the same thing.

          i don't think sette bello mentioned above fits the need. but, they do have a couple of veal dishes. i see they've put the veal shanks on the regular menu. quite good!! http://www.settebellorestaurant.com/

          ah, i see tutto bene listed below. that is a good fit.

          pie-tanza has good pastas, though not veal parm (but chicken parm). big portions. good value for money, fresh sauces. http://pie-tanza.com/menu_entrees.html

          there is that "italian inn" place at seven corners, too.

          try argia's for some of your pasta fix: http://www.argias.com/menu.html

          and, how could i forget "mom's pizza" place at glebe and columbia pike. they have veal parm. i think they are nice folks too. http://www.momspizzaarlington.com/men...

          1. re: alkapal

            yeah MOMS! hahahah. love that place. the food's not amazing but they are so freakin nice.

        2. There is a place in Fairfax on Lee Hwy just after the intersection with Chain Bridge Road that does this kind of thing well, but I forget the name. Maybe someone knows what I am talking about.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            I think it's Dolce Vita. Is that the one?

            1. re: weezycom

              Yes that's it. I have never had their veal parmesan but seems like the type of place that would make that really well.

          2. Tutto Bene in Ballston. "Red sauce" italian with a good veal parm.

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            1. re: anchor

              I second Tutto Bene. It's far superior to any of the "Pines of . . ." restaurants.

            2. From a little farther out in the burbs, my go-to Italian is Primo Italiano at Plaza America in Reston. Down home tasty. Excellent calzones and I love their chicken marsala. Since I don't eat veal parm myself - I can't attest to that, but everything I've had there is good.

              I also like the budding chain Mama Lucia's. They opened last year at North Point plaza in Reston and have a couple of Maryland locations. While their menu is similar to Primo's, the way they prepare things is different enough that one could be in the mood for one or the other.

              Luciano's in Herndon in the Bloom plaza on Elden Street is good down home Italian. There's another one off Elden in a small plaza, next to the Comfort Inn, Cantina d'Italia. It is comparable to Luciano's in style, but I give Luciano's the edge for food, though based on limited experience with Cantina. Both of these restaurants have websites with menus to peruse.

              1. you might have luck at the place just recommended to me for good stromboli --pomodoro's -- in fairfax town center on w. ox, not far from fair oaks mall. http://www.pomodoropastapizza.com/

                it has a lot of the dishes you seek.

                1. Try The Esposito's restaurant in Fairfax. This is as close as I've found around here to the homey, family-run red sauce places in Providence I grew up with. Trust me on this. We're talking red checkered tablecloths, nice crusty bread, etc. It's the real deal. Bonus: Good pizza!