La Casa

4551 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA


Neighborhood: Alexandria

Cuisines: Pizza, Greek/Mediterranean, Italian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 9:30, Friday 11 to 10, Saturday 8:30 to 10, Sunday 8:30 to 9.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://

Best Dishes:
New York-style pizza; eggplant parmesan; lasagna; taramosalata.

Neighborhood Eats: La Casa

Though the owners of this Greek-Italian hybrid are from Greece—their son is hotshot Komi chef Johnny Monis—it’s best to go against intuition and order anything with red sauce. It comes on the New York–style pizzas, al dente pastas, and entrées such as lightly breaded eggplant Parmesan and homey lasagna. Gyros are just decent, but the star of the Greek offerings is an appetizer of whipped taramosalata (cod-roe spread) served with warm, butter-brushed pita. It’s an unusual prelude to pizza and pasta but delicious just the same.

-March, 2008