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The Needle: April 2011
Reviewed By Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published April 1, 2011

Rustico - Ballston
Address: 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 571-384-1820
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston
Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, American
Opening Hours: 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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

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.

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