What to Expect at Arcuri

Glover Park gets a taste of the Italian invasion.

By: Anna Spiegel

Glover Park has seen a lot of drama of late: fifth-graders protesting at ice cream shops, chefs departing in a huff, this. With all the action, you may just want to take refuge in a quiet, cool place and order a beer and pizza. Where to do that: Arcuri, a neighborhood Italian joint that officially opened this past Saturday. The team is conscious of keeping the much-loved, laid-back vibe of former occupant Kavanaugh’s while bringing its own wood-fired pies and house-made limoncello to the table. Here are five things to look for as the 80-seat spot gets up and running.

Pizza delivered to your car

A focus of the menu, especially in the opening phases, is wood-fired pizzas. Chef Dick Jones, who’s trained at popular Locanda Verdi in New York, among other spots, uses a three-day process to make the dough—that includes fermenting it for up to 15 hours for deeper flavor. You can customize your toppings with the likes of pepperoni, anchovies, or a runny egg. The restaurant has plans for a curbside pickup program in the coming weeks—customers can order over the phone or online, and the pies are delivered to their cars.

Prosciutto-wrapped cod and bucatini all’ amatriciana

Jones is expanding the menu to include more seasonal pastas and entrées along with a selection of antipasti. You might start out with fried mozzarella or roasted beets with ricotta before moving onto corn agnolotti or chicken fra diavolo.

Limoncello, aged and frozen

Just in time for hot weather, you can sip house-made versions of Italy’s famous lemon liqueur. Partner Bryce Gerlach goes through cases of lemons, steeping the peels in alcohol and sugar for a not-too-sweet—and very potent—house beverage. Order the chilled stuff straight, or opt for a frozen limoncello slushy in classic lemon or with seasonal fresh fruit such as strawberries or raspberries. Aged ’cellos are also in the works.

Games at the bar and early happy hour

Games­­—always soccer during the World Cup—are broadcast on flat-screen televisions at the 30-seat bar. Happy hour starts on the early side, running from 3 to 7 on weekdays, with discount drafts and bar snacks among the specials.

Brunch, a patio, and late-night service

Like most new restaurants, Arcuri is focusing on lunch and dinner first, with plans to roll out more menus and specials once it’s running smoothly. A 16-seat patio and weekend brunch are in the works, as is a late-nigh menu aimed at Glover Park bar hoppers.

Arcuri. 2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-827-8745.

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