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Sep 8, 2009 05:20 PM

Need moderately priced Italian/Pasta recommendation for Crystal City area

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.