Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: La Bottega
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Dirt Cheap Eats (2009)
La Bottega
Address: 9020 Lorton Station Blvd., Lorton, VA 22079
Phone: 571-642-0605
Cuisines: Italian, Grocery Store/Market, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 8, Friday and Saturday 10 to 9.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tropolino sandwich; Calabrese sandwich; Toto sandwich; gelato.
This little Italian deli, owned by the proprietors of nearby Pane e Vino restaurant, offers not only quick solutions to weeknight dinners—in the form of meats, cheeses, pastas, sauces, and wines—but also generously filled Italian sandwiches. Choose a crusty baguette or a focaccina (which here resembles ciabatta) and order one of several fillings.

The simple Tropolino ($5) is a classic combo of salami, provolone, and olive oil. The Calabrese ($6) mixes spicy soppresatta, peppercorn-studded Pepato cheese, and olive oil. The Toto ($6.50), piled with prosciutto, cheese, tomatoes, and olive oil, is another winner. See a theme here? No lettuce, no tomato, no mayo, which is the Italian way. Cookies are imported from Milan, but the sweet and gooey gelato is made in-house.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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