Cheap Eats 2007: A la Lucia
Comments () | Published July 11, 2007
A La Lucia
Address: 315 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-836-5123
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, and Sunday 4 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: King St., Braddock Road
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Mozzarella and tomato salad; lentil soup; white bean soup; calamari with red pepper and celery; veal canneloni; malfadini; veal stew with polenta; veal paillard; double-cut pork chops; panini.
Price Details: Appetizers $4.95 to $8.95, entrées $10.95 to $26.99.

At this lively trattoria, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stumbled into Big Night. There’s no timbale, but there’s first-rate house-made cannelloni stuffed with veal, tender chicken marsala strewn with wine-soaked mushrooms, and a very good sausage-and-pepper rigatoni.

This is simple, big-portioned, familiar fare—a truffle-free zone that fills the gap between fine dining and the local spaghetti house. Dishes are presented with care—witness the lemon-spritzed arugula framed in points of Parmesan cheese.

Luscious wines—owner Michael Nayeri spent 18 years as Galileo’s vino guru—arrive in goblet-size glasses, an unspoken invitation to stay and talk.

Except for the refreshing grapefruit-Campari sorbetto, desserts can be skipped—but so what? Louis Prima didn’t show, either.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.

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