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The Needle: Rustico
Comments () | Published September 24, 2009
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Rustico - Del Ray
Address: 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-224-5051
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Pizza, Modern, Italian, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Sunday 11:30 to 10, Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11. Open for dinner Monday 4 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pot-pie and pork Mosaics; chicken-liver terrine; rockfish with fennel pollen; sausage-and-pickled-pepper pizza; grilled cheese with balsamic onions and maple ham; braised pork shoulder over rigatoni; sunchoke-and-sheep’s- milk-ricotta pizza; Guinness cupc
Price Details: Lunch entrees, $7 to $16. Dinner appetizers, $5 to $10; entrees, $12 to $23. Pizzas, $12 to $15.

The menu at this beer-centric restaurant touts its devotion to fresh ingredients, but a recent visit showed that the kitchen isn’t above taking shortcuts. The steamed mussels were fishy, a cheddar-and-ale soup lacked the depth of a long-simmered stock, and a dish of baked oysters had an unpleasant aftertaste. But the zesty Buffalo-chicken croquettes were simple and satisfying, and a homey peanut-butter trifle provided a decadent finish. The 300-bottle beer list—including such unusual finds as a milk stout from North Carolina’s Duck-Rabbit brewery—is a treat.

-August 2009 

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