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100 Best Restaurants 2009: Villa Mozart
No. 51: Villa Mozart
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 20, 2009
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Villa Mozart
Address: 4009 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-691-4747
Neighborhood: Fairfax
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10.
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Prosciutto with cantaloupe; chestnut soup; arugula salad; eggplant and zucchini with Taleggio; “meat and potatoes” with lamb two ways and potato mille foglie; saddle and leg of rabbit; pheasant breast with sauerkraut and Asian pear; poached halibut in a

Cuisine: Northern Italian cooking that sometimes veers into the nonsensical—does the excellent beef carpaccio really need cubes of foie gras on top?—but often soars, especially the risottos and pastas.

Mood: This small cottage bears all the hallmarks of traditional romance: red roses on the tables, lilting opera, and street photos of Italy. There are white tablecloths and heavy silverware, but you’ll also feel comfortable in jeans.

Best for: Cozy dinners for two; anniversary or birthday celebrations (the waiters sing).

Best dishes: Chestnut soup with caramelized chestnuts; arugula salad; penne drizzled with butter and balsamic vinegar and hiding nubs of lobster; linguine with langoustines and shrimp; risotto with lobster and mushrooms; lacquered breast of pheasant with sauerkraut and Asian pear; saddle and leg of rabbit.

Insider tips: The lunch deal offers three courses for $18. It’s a simpler menu than you’ll find at night, but dinner dishes are available on request.

Service: •••

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Very expensive.

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