Il Radicchio
Bowls of pasta served family-style.
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
Il Radicchio
Address: 1801 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-276-2627
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM; Sunday 5 to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pasta with Bolognese or marinara sauce; pizza; eggplant parmesan.

March 2004 Dirt Cheap Eats

Bottles of olive oil line a window sill at this sunny Tuscan-inspired restaurant. Pictures of rabbits nibbling on radicchio are painted on the peach walls. Pastas are served family-style: Each table receives an unlimited helping of spaghetti (at $6.50 a person). Then each person chooses a sauce.

The cream of pistachio sauce ($3.75) was light but filling. The most expensive sauces, like vongole--clams in the shell in white wine--are $4. The cheapest sauce, tomato purée with basil, is $2.25. You can construct your own pizza from 28 toppings. The wood-fired, crisp pies, large enough for two, are $13.50 to $18.95.

Splitting dessert, such as tiramisu or sliced strawberries with balsamic vinegar, each $5.75, is the perfect way to end the evening. Two glasses of house wine ($5.25 each) could break the budget.

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