A Little Italy

A happy-hour snack worth craving: meatballs from Facci. Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Italian food may be the current “it” cuisine, but that doesn’t mean there are a lot of great dishes commanding our attention. Facci, a new restaurant and wine bar in Laurel (7530 Montpelier Rd.; 301-604-5555) that specializes in wood-fired pizzas, is a notable exception—though not for its pies. Seven bucks ($3.50 during happy hour, from 5 to 7) buys a heaping pile of the tenderest, most flavorful meatballs we’ve had in years, its generous blanket of zesty marinara all but spilling over the sides of a two-handled silver crock. You may want seconds.

This article appears in the April, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.

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