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Need moderately priced Italian/Pasta recommendation for Crystal City area

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I'm planning to be in DC for the Marine Corps Marathon in late October. We are staying on Glebe Road near Pentagon City and need a place that would be friendly to a gang (twelve or so) runners looking to carbo-load. Any suggestions would be welcome.


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  1. There is a new Italian place called Kora that I haven't been to yet.

    There is also Fyve in the Ritz Carlton, which is a little more pricey than Kora.

    1. there is a place called il raddichio in the courthouse area of arlington that does an all-you-can-eat pasta thing. it's not the same neighborhood of arlington, nor is it on the same corridor, but if a few of you had cars or could just take a quick cab ride it's probably what you're looking for.

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      1. re: littlew1ng

        i agree with the il radicchio recommendation. if i were doing the marathon and could get there that would be perfect for the night before.

      2. I think Cafe Italia is stil on 23rd St in Crystal City - that should fit what you need. Also on 23rd is Portofino but they are more expensive and upscale.

        1. Cucina Vivace is a nice option located on S. Eads Street (across Jeff Davis Hwy at 23rd Steet). Their pasta dishes are in the $14 -- $17 range, although a pasta dish with crab sports a heftier price tag. I'm guessing that the cheapest dish is pasta (your choice of shape) with marinara sauce. Oddly, the restaurant doesn't supply the price for this option. I'm sure a phone call will fill in the blank.

          Just out of curiosity, how many dishes of pasta would a runner eat to appropriately carbo-load before a marathon?

          My husband and I have dined at this restaurant a couple of times when it hosted large groups, so I don't think your gang will present a particular problem. (Nevertheless, I definitely wouldn't show up without a reservation!) The restaurant simply pushed smaller tables together along the banquette to accommodate everyone.