Italian Store in Arlington has Strufoli.
If you like undercooked bland "pizza" this is the place for you.
Went on a Friday night at about 5:45 with my family. Seated promptly.
Ordered a couple glasses of wine, a half order of Frito Misto and the special fritters for appetizers and three pizzas. We should of known that things wouldn't be good when the server was explaining the sauce used on the pizzas and she described one as "San Mazino" (should of been "San Marzano") tomatoes which are "supposed to be good."
Service - substandard. We ordered our meal at about 6pm. The glass of wine I ordered had obviously gone bad - it had the consistency of motor oil and the smell of vinegar.
At 6:45 pm, we still hadn't received our appetizers. They finally showed up after inquiring about 5 minutes later. When our pizzas finally showed up (at about 7:15), my pizza was incorrect and my wife's pizza was cold. We sent them back. We noticed while waiting for our food that a number of other pizzas in the restaurant had been sent back as well.
Food Quality and Taste - bland.
The daily special potato and prosciutto fritters didn't contain any prosciutto at all - they were simply deep fried mashed potatoes. The Frito Misto was oil soaked, not a bit crispy. The aioli it was served with was simply Dijon mustard.
As stated earlier, two of the three pizzas we ordered were sent back. My wife ordered a pizza with ricotta cheese. When it arrived, the ricotta was ice cold on top of the pie. it was obvious that they had lopped a few scoops of ricotta on the pizza after it had come out of the oven and sitting around a while. My pizza was missing the sausage. The server acknowledged the error on the kitchen's behalf. When my pizza re-arrived, they had simply placed a few pieces of sausage on the previous pizza and placed it back in the oven. By the time it returned to the table, it was a burnt black char.
We insisted on two new pizzas. When we finally got what we ordered, we were disappointed. The dough was mushy despite being cooked in a wood burning oven and had no taste other than a weird taste that can only be described as lighter fluid. My pizza had three (I counted them) small pieces of sausage placed in the center. The sauce is bland, consisting of only a raw tomato puree.
To the management's credit, they removed the cost of the two messed-up pizzas from the bill. If they had been included, the total for two glasses of wine, two small appetizers, and three 12" pizzas would of been $75.
Maybe I just don't get it. I like Two Amy's, Fireworks, and other Neapolitan type pizza places. I've traveled throughout Italy and never had pizza this bad. I really think that this place is sub-par and is being bolstered by a few good reviews, including the Washington Post, which is inexplicable.
One of the charms of a wood burning oven should be a crisp crust, at least on the edges, with a nice char, which was absent in our experience.
Normally, I'd chalk this up to a bad night, but a coworker had a number of the same issues that we had a few nights before.
From a Duck resident,
Kill Devil Grill - best food in the Outer Banks. Also try Food Dudes - a real treat.
Avoid the Sunset Grille at all costs - it's a nice place for a drink, but that's it. The food and service is terrible.
Pete and Eldas? More of a Vic's or Squan Tavern fan myself.
Pomodoro in Fairfax beats Tony's hands down.