Rustico - Ballston
4075 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston
Cuisines: Pizza, Modern, American
Open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 to 3, dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11. Bar open Monday 4 to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 AM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
This sprawling Ballston outpost is a near replica of the Del Ray original, from the wine-bottle mosaics to the thin-crust pizzas (fig jam with prosciutto is great). But the kitchen is as inconsistent as its sibling’s. A recent meal included a Mediterranean-inspired lamb shank so tough the meat had to be pried from the bone, but also a stellar beet-and-orange salad with tangy goat cheese. Ricotta doughnuts, a recipe from chef Steve Mannino’s mother, are only on the Ballston menu. Too bad for Del Ray diners: The doughnuts are heavenly.
This article appears in the April 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.