Northern Italian cooking that's high on value.
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006

Address: 124 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA
Phone: 703-534-1033
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Italian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM; Friday through Saturday, 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Sunday, 5 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: West Falls Church-VT/UVA, East Falls Church
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Beef carpaccio with apples and shaved Parmesan; mussels steamed in white wine; bruschetta; saffron fettuccine with scallops; egg linguine with shrimp and zucchini; pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin; braised lamb shank; Saltimbocca alla Romana; soft-shell c
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.25 to $9.95. Entrees, $11.95 to $24.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
4 to 7
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
This northern Italian restaurant offers very good food at very reasonable prices. Except for the beef tenderloin, none of the main courses is more than $20. High ceilings and comfortable chairs help make it an enjoyable, albeit noisy, place.

The menu is unusual in that it lets diners choose normal-size dishes or famiglia portions that serve two or more but cost only 60 percent more. Good starters are the beef carpaccio with apples, walnuts, and shaved Parmesan; the classic bruschetta; and the steamed mussels Argia with a broth enhanced with white wine, garlic, and parsley. Pastas, varied and excellent, include saffron fettuccine with scallops and egg linguine with shrimp, zucchini, and tomato. For a main course, consider the pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta with a black-pepper crust; the braised lamb shank; and Saltimbocca alla Romana. There are daily specials, including a fish selection. The luncheon menu features panini, the flattened sandwiches of Italy, and pastas, with prices starting at $7.95. The good wine list is well priced.
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