Request for mini reports week ending April 13
Please post brief reports (or make them as long as you want) for the past week or so. This is not to discourage longer reports that are their own threads, but rather to encourage shorter reports so we'll get more of them and get them more frequently. If people like this format maybe we can make this a weekly thing. I'd love to hear about food experiences for both new and established places.
Please include locations along with the names.
Dolce Veloce, Fairfax
I've been wanting to try this place for awhile, but they have odd hours on the weekend, i.e. open at 1:30 Saturday and 3:00 Sunday. So we went for a late lunch Saturday. It bills itself as a wine & cicchetti bar. We tried three small plates: arancini, torre di mozzarella, and grilled calamari. Arancini, in general, should come with a warning label about how hot they are inside. This was not the case. They were room temp, not good. Although at least they weren't greasy. The grilled calamari was rubbery and bland. The torre di mozzarella was very good: layers of mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and roasted eggplant with a fig balsamic reduction. Both wines were opened the night before (if not a bit earlier) and weren't stored properly. I hate that, but I do understand you can't open a new bottle of wine for each glass when you have tons of wine by the glass.
So the verdict is that I'd go back and try some other dishes. The service was efficient and friendly and the space is nice for a non-descript shopping plaza.
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience there. I've always been happy w/ the food, even the calamari. I wonder if going off hours makes a difference. I've only been when it's been busy and the food piping hot when it should be. Not everything is stellar (the bracciole was disappointing) but most things we've tried have been good, even the arancini and calamari that were no good for you, I haven't been in about six months. I wonder if things have changed.
El Pollo Rico (Woodbridge VA)
Very good Peruvian chicken and above average fried yuca. Can't say how it compares to the Arlington location, which I think is the original one, because I haven't been to that one in years.
Alba Osteria at 4th and I Sts., NW. The ratatouille piemontese is INSANELY delicious. Maybe a Top Ten dishes in DC. Without question, Go! A bargain for $ at lunch.