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Fine dining in Rome - no jacket required ;-)

Fair enough Jen! We had a lovely vignarola which is available for only a limited time in the early spring (artichokes, fava beans, peas, pancetta) - unusual and delicious.

We split a mouth watering pasta carbonara and had carcioi guidica (fried artichokes) and stuffed zucchini flowers - all fried impeccably as usual. One person had a rombo, a thin white fish, cooked in a white wine sauce. Another enjoyed the fried seafood platter (fritto mare) - delicious - along with several veg contorni.

Desert was semifreddo and chocolate gelato, again terrific, wine by the glass was bianco and Tuscan merlot.

Great meal, great service, great ambiance nestled outside on a pleasant May afternoon at Piperno's.

We had the exact opposite experience round the corner at Al Pompiere. Service...lets just say the different waiters were confused about the daily special and who was supposed to wait on our table at lunch (with only three other tables filled).

Pompiere's version of carciofi and fiore zucca were greasy and tough with little flavor - a huge qualitative difference with Piperno's version.

The heralded mixed grilled seafood at 22 euros was overpriced and the plate was bereft of nicely prepared seafood. A small piece of greasy, undercooked salmon the size of one's palm, two small crab legs, one prawn and one teeny tiny calamari do not make it worth $30.

The special eventually was "pasta with red beans." Which proved to be a soup in a small bowl speckled with red beans and small broken strips of undercooked linguine (as if the pasta was tossed in at the last minute). This soup had very little flavor and tasted like it had been prepared quite awhile before. Not good. We would not go back.

May 16, 2014
wristband in Italy

Rome - Top Dining Spots

As much as I respect Maureen, La Campana coughed up the worst meal I have had in Rome - with indifferent service - several years ago. I would never go back and could not suggest you add that to your list.

L'asino d'oro, under Mr. Sforza's command, is churning out very interesting dishes these days in an informal setting on the fringe of Monti. Its more a bistro than a more formalized ristorante. Lunch is a pre-set menu at a bargain price of 13 euros. We had a terrific time there just days ago - food and service were top notch - and I urge anyone to consider this place. One of the best meals we have had in Rome in many, many years.

Al Ceppo is a good suggestion but far from the St. Regis - you will need to taxi to/from. I just posted about our most enjoyable lunch outside at Piperno's three days ago so I recommend you consider getting reserving a table outside on their charming but tiny piazza. Weather in Sept. should be ideal for fine dining at Piperno's for lunch or dinner. The food is first rate, especially the fish and seasonal specials (now, their vignarole was superb), wine list is impressive, service is impeccable.

I do agree with Maureen's prior comments voicing ambivalence on Armando. My experience has been the same as hers. Location is good but the food never measures up to what is repeatedly hyped here. Our lunch last week was yet another mediocre experience. I urge you to avoid the cult ravings to consider other options nearby. I realize there are strong feelings about the place but after two recent disappointing meals, I'm done.

If you want to lunch near the Pantheon as an alternative to Armando's, I echo the suggestion of Da Fortunato. Its expensive but reliable, there are tables outside to watch the parade to/from the Pantheon, the food is always good over the many times we have eaten there mid-day. Nothing spectacular but a reliable and upscale choice for fish and pasta. I have noticed (and was told sotte voce by waiters) other diners are frequently politicians from their offices nearby. If that is a recommendation or a diss...your call!

Another good option in that vicinity is La Capranica, footsteps away from the Pantheon and only inside dining but there are innovative dishes, crafty takes on Roman regular menu items, that are elegantly prepared.

Finally, I would also recommend highly Il Convivio. The two brothers operate a first class joint and the food is both creative yet solidly Roman. Michelin stars for good reason and a place to celebrate your good fortune.

BTW, the St. Regis is nowhere near the Spanish Steps. The Steps are walkable - about 1.5 miles away - but you should look at the map. There is little available near the St. Regis but it is a beautiful property. Two swish hotels very close to the Steps are the Hassler and Intercontinental. That said, Rome is easy to get around by foot, subway, bus or taxi. Enjoy your stay this fall!

May 14, 2014
wristband in Italy

Fine dining in Rome - no jacket required ;-)

May I add Piperno? No slobs allowed, the service and food are as good as ever as I can attest from a lovely long lunch three days ago.

Perhaps as an added bonus, several capo di capo tutti from Parliament were dining in their snazzy tailored suits with smartly attired body guards stationed nearby.

I would echo the comments on Pier Luigi - no reason to make an effort as the food is decidedly mediocre. Exception is if you snag a table outside on the bustling piazza. Piperno has five tables set outside on a far nicer, albeit tiny, piazza - reserve a seat there and chow down in style with your jacket-less hubby!

May 14, 2014
wristband in Italy

4 days in Rome - end of September, help us narrow down our list!

I have the opposite view on Armando and suggest you take a pass. Several lunches there in the past two years were, at best, mediocre. Location is good, food is decidedly not.

I recommend you consider booking a table outside at Piperno. The restaurant is situated on a lovely, postage stamp sized piazza, September weather in Rome is lovely and the food is consistently very good. If mushrooms are offered as a daily special, full speed ahead. Go for it.

Roscioli, Monti, the Taverna have all been beaten to death here. Antico Arco and Roscioli offer the most "inventive" food of those on your list. Arco is dinner only and very far from your hotel, you need a taxi.

Roscioli is cramped & tiny, not a comfortable setting for a relaxing lunch - what with the place bizzbuzzing with shoppers sniffing, snorting and poking things at the deli counter, elbowing around diners at the few tables to check out wine bottles on the wall. I am guilty of that conduct as a shopper but I also enjoyed their food sitting at a table. Food is very good, just be forewarned about the tight seating.

Taverna is hit or miss, three times there for lunch have been mixed for us. But their location is convenient if you plan to tour in that neck of the woods so lunch is a good idea. I would definitely not make the effort to go from Popolo to Fori Imperiali for dinner. Monti has gone downhill, perhaps due to so much acclaim starting with Frank Bruni in the NY Times six plus years ago. Beyond me what his and others see there aside from the harsh lights and linoleum.

Personally, I would plan your lunches out after a full morning of touring, then have something very simple for an early dinner vs. going out and sitting for two+ hours at a restaurant, then getting a cab back to the hotel. Too long a day, too long a commute and the food for much of those on your list just is not worth the extra effort.

Sep 07, 2013
wristband in Italy

Rome: Perilli or Felice?

I agree with the Liz's "snooty" assessment. IMHO, Felice was far better when the crazy old man ran the place and cooked whatever he damn well pleased for lunch and dinner. And the results were pretty good.

Others enjoy the new digs (NY Times lavished bizarre praise several years ago) but it leaves me cold. Perilli is definitely old school Rome.

Dec 11, 2012
wristband in Italy

Venice dining advice to please seafood lover and hubby that is not.

Whoa - if your husband dislikes seafood do NOT consider Tiestiere. Yes, a Michelin star but its essentially seafood & seafood exclusively - very very good but I do not believe he will be pleased. Plus, the room is a tight squeeze - only 20+ seats - so he will stare at lots of plates brimming with seafood (perhaps turning green). I loved it but I love fresh, unique seafood. Like Antiche Carampane, as a very good seafood restaurant highly regarded here, your hubby will not be happy in a situation where Venetian fish dishes are the focus.

Il Ridotto is terrific - many non-fish and inventive choices available and the chef is indeed an artist. Service is great, room is modernistic for Venice but its a good choice for you two as the menu changes daily with inventive and delicious dishes that we found very pleasing.

I think the best choice for you is Al Covo. Last month, the menu (changes daily) offered duck, steak and guinnea fowl along with unusual seafood at dinner. Dianne and Cesear Benelli, the couple who operate the Al Covo could not be more accomodating and helpful with menu suggestions and wine selection. The food is superb and the atmosphere is very comfortable, not stuffy. Unlike Tiestiere or a number of very good restaurants, Al Covo's two rooms offer considerable space between tables for a nice leisurely less-than-formal experience (you are not crammed in). I think you both will be very happy at Al Covo - fresh seafood selections and plenty of non-fish choices available, great deserts by Dianne.

Dec 06, 2012
wristband in Italy

12 days in Venice, need rest. guidance please

I was in Venice for 10 days in early Nov. and echo compliments paid PBSF. He/she is a great resource & knows of what they speak.

I suggest you take a look at 14 restaurants that recently formed a small association of like-minded places called "Buona Accoglienza." The 14 members pledge to provide a more "authentic" Venetian experience with products, cuisine & ambiance unique to the city. More here: www.veneziaristoranti.it

We had superb experiences at 8 of the members. All have been lauded on this board so their participation in this association should give the new collective both prestige and substantial credibility. Here is where we went: Al Covo, Antiche Carampane, Corte Sconta (3 meals, all terrific), Il Ridotto (2 meals, all terrific), Fiaschetteria Toscana, Al Fontego dei Pescatori, Alle Testiere and Gatto Nero. All of the 8 were very very good for lunch or dinner and I enthusiastically recommend a visit. A cautionary note: prices match the quality, caring and service...meaning, they ain't cheap but you receive a welcoming atmosphere, top quality ingredients and interesting wines along with a very pleasing meal.

The newest member of the association is Wildner, situated on the waterfront below the Danieli and Metropole on Riva degli Schiavoni. Several restaurant managers were curious about the Wildner but had not been there when I asked. Hopefully, a Chowhounder will weigh in with an opinion on the Wildner for upcoming visitors to consider.

Finally, we wanted to get to vini de Gigio as PBSF has recommended but were unable to - however, Gigio is one of the 14 members. Based on our experience with 8 visits to the association members, we would happily try the remaining six on our next visit to Venice.

Dec 06, 2012
wristband in Italy

Rome- Seeking Atmosphere as Well as Food

I would echo all of the above negative comments on G.F. The only advantage is if you are staying on the via Veneto and need an early lunch on the day of arrival. There is absolutely nothing special about the place and there is no reason to seek it out.

Far better options in that neighborhood, let alone within a ten minute walk, for both lunch and dinner.

Jul 25, 2012
wristband in Italy

2 most memorable fine dining restaurants in Bangkok?

Phil - I agree but thought the point was made clear in my post above. St. Regis & 4 Seasons are pleasant but certainly not top gourmet options. I can't opine about other high end hotels except Sra Bua at the Kempinski (thumbs down for me) and Nahm at the Metro which has admiring reviews.

Mar 04, 2012
wristband in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok- Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski

I posted elsewhere on this board after having had dinner several weeks ago. Big disappointment. Yes, a lot of food for The Nibblings but the fare served was underwhelming and pretentious - little came off as innovative or particularly delicious.

I felt their effort to try to reconstruct traditional dishes fell felt. My sense is the chefs are mimicking what what has been done elsewhere and what is expected for molecular gastronomy. Did not work. Serving dishes with traditional names - but the end result is far from a flavorful or memorable experience.

One could smash a cup of Frosted Flakes with corriander and dried fish, sprinkle red dye no. 2 atop, then claim a reconstructed version of pad thai. But, hey, that does not make for a pleasurable and interesting dining experience.

For the price and time required, I believe a serious rethinking needs to be done at Sra Bua. To amplify my opinion, on a weekend night the room was essentially empty of other diners. I was excited about the possibilities and for being challenged but what I experienced was disappointing.

Mar 04, 2012
wristband in China & Southeast Asia

2 most memorable fine dining restaurants in Bangkok?

Bo Lan is in an interesting setting, with two chefs that (I believe) worked at David Thompson's Naahm which is at the Metropolitan hotel, south of Lumphini Park. I have not eaten at Naahm but there is considerable publicity as Thompson earned a Michelin star in London with his efforts. I thought Bo Lan was far better than Sra Bua, especially if you are looking for innovative, upscale "new" Thai cuisine in a unique and pleasant setting.

I have been told top hotels offer good gourmet choices. I had dinner at the St. Regis and Four Seasons on our recent trip but do not suggest you make a special effort for either (not bad, just not what you might be looking for).

Mar 03, 2012
wristband in China & Southeast Asia

2 most memorable fine dining restaurants in Bangkok?

I disagree with Sra Bua. Just returned from Bangkok and found dinner to be excruciatingly long, the plates uninteresting and pretentious and very few notable dishes (though there is a lot of food). Service was very formal but the ambiance is like dining in a large mausoleum. The place has little character and the so-called molecular gastronomy on display is gimmick-ridden and often makes no sense with the so-called reconstructed dish.

If you are going to offer a new take on chicken satay, for example, the taste and presentation has to exceed the "original" version. The Nibblings menu failed to do so on so many levels and the satay was just plain unpleasant to look at and taste (like yellow gefilte fish).

While the hotel (Kampinski) and the restaurant are enormous lavishly renovated spaces, I think there are far better gourmet options available in Bangkok. During our dinner - which took over 2 1/2 hours - only two additional tables were occupied and those appeared to be western hotel guests. Either the extravagant cost imposed or the actual product offered is not attacting diners - at least based on our recent experience. We would not go back.

Mar 02, 2012
wristband in China & Southeast Asia

tysons chain hell

The Palm fits the request perfectly! Seriously, Deluxe is far too loud and is part of a local chain.

Nostos is a good bet for Greek and seafood along with Tachibana in the center of McLean. There is an upscale Italian eatery in McLean called Osteria Assiagi which is significantly above the competition in the area. All three have plenty of free, non-mall parking, offer menus focused on high quality ingredients (the "less is more" philosophy vs. Cheesecake Factory) that are easily navigated and offers pleasant ambiance, good service and very good food.

Nostos can be loud when its filled (its a small room) but the other two are more muted with a full house.

Jan 21, 2012
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best espresso Rome

You might want to check that last point. SE does indeed pop a shot of sugar to their drinks. Not just my opinion - a quick check on the web will unearth their "secret.' But, hey, if you had a lovely time and it was unfrazzled, wonderful to hear!

Dec 30, 2011
wristband in Italy

How to negotiate eating in Rome

Check out the clubs and nightlife in Testaccio. Not far from where you are staying in T'vere. Hopping and crazy, along with hot pizzas places open at night.

Dec 29, 2011
wristband in Italy

Best espresso Rome

Forget the afternoon "no joe rule." I have ordered cappucino all day long and love it and never had a sneer directed at me by a server. I could care less what others might sniff about.

As for the SO, why not opt for hot chocolate? Available widely and widely treasured throughout Rome (esp if the hot cocoa is Venchi - excellent product, buy a bag and bring some home!). The SO could also simply order a Pellegrino or a mineral water with gas and lollygag with you.

Personally, I am not a fan of the well-known pit stops by the Pantheon. Tazza is too "snug" and frantic for me, I don't relish standing at the bar armpit to armpit. Guide books say otherwise. Sant'eustachio, the other overhyped place, adds a shot of sugar as a "secret ingredient." Uh huh, that just ain't to my liking, let alone the tourist hordes jammed into the little shop. But just steps across the way is Camelloni which serves good expressi and cappucini without the hullabaloo. Plus, you can sit outside on a nice day in five or six tables there which makes for a nice stop in the Pantheon area.

Perhaps the nicest place to stop and sip, albeit expensive, is on a lovely pedestrian piazza at Ciampini (Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina). Ciampini has very good gelato, a sizeable light menu of snacks and sandwiches and plenty of non-coffee options that will be to your SO's liking. Plus heat lamps outside if there is a chill in the air. Beware: you pay considerably more for your beverage when you sit than you would standing and sipping at the counter.

My favorite, though, is Cafe Brazil on via Serpenti. How they manage to crank out such excellent cappucini and expressi year after year is beyond me. But they do. And they sell packets of Venchi cocoa (there is a Venchi store between Spagna and the Corso that sells cups of delicious hot cocoa along with the products, get the location online or from the hotel).

Dec 29, 2011
wristband in Italy

Rome November Chowhounder Report

A week in Rome mid-November offered up two extremes. No comment on several stops that had low expectations which proved correct.

First, the highlights. Claudio, chef and chief bottle washer of La Gensola, has opened "Il Localino" (or, depending on the day, "Da Claudio") just off the Via Veneto on via Lazio 22. Thank you Elizabeth M. for noting this here. I should say "just opened" when we stopped for lunch. No sign on the street, printed menus were of La Gensola but daily specials were handwritten on a chalk board, plenty of unopened boxes scattered around the dining room.

But...Claudio could not have been more charming and engaged. He cheerfully roamed the dining room excited and eager to please. We had a terrific lunch that included involtini di spada con caponato di melanzane, grilled octopus with potato that was unlike any grilled octopi we have had previously, scallops with mushrooms, tuna balls in a tomato sauce, linguini ai fiori di zucca (superb) and linguini with calamari & sun dried tomatoes (equally superb). Lest you think we are gluttons, portion sizes were quite modest. Service was great and Claudio was like a kid at Christmas running back and forth from the kitchen. This was one of the very best meals we have enjoyed in Rome in three visits over the past five years. I am not cutting any slack for the usual break in period a new restaurant goes through. Go, go, go to see Claudio!

What can I add to the terrific and well known effort put forth by the family at Colline Emiliane (via degli Avignonesi 22)? C.E. is rec'd here regularly so I can only amplify the positive comments. Each time we visit for lunch, and we have been five times, the food gets better and better. The wine soaked proscuitto, the gambochetta with spinach is a perennial favorite, deserts (ricotta tort with pear) nicely done. Pasta, as always, fantastic. Yes, yes, the bolognese was mouthwateringly delicious. But the highlight were sublime white truffles (40 euros) . Interesting to note six plates of that pasta dish were delivered to separate tables occupied by what appeared to be regulars. The family still rolls and cuts pasta by hand and it is molto fantastico. Grandson Lucca patrols the dining room and is justifiably proud of his family history and culinary results - as he should be.

Piperno's also delivered as it has in the past. Scelto of fried appetizers (aranciini, zucchini florets, artichoke), carbonara, agnolotti with veal, coda vacinara were all good but this was heavy home cooking. The only flaw was rombo on a potato and artichoke nest, the rombo combo just did not work well. Walked that meal off at a real slow pace.

Favorable mention to the new Claudio Torci gelato store called, um, "Il Gelato." Thank you Katie Parla for the rec. The new site is located next to the outdoor produce market on Piazza Monte d'oro. Fantastic - the best gelato we have had in Rome after giving up on the mediocre offerings at San Crispino and the lines at Giolitti. Gran Teatro is still very good but Torci is a true artist, the staff loves their products, waxing poetic about the various ingredients and flavors that change daily. We had scoops of "Fantasia Bronte" (pine nuts, almonds, pistacchio), a zabaglioni with some sort of whiskey, dark chocolate sorbet and melon gelato. Wow - blew my mind how good this was, perhaps due to disappointing results at the so-called competition in recent years.

Another store of note: if you are in the neighborhood and plan to visit the English bookstore on via della Vite, consider popping across the street to Pastateca (via della Vite 44, www.pastateca.it). The shop has an amazing and varied stock of pasta sorted by region. Once again, I walked out with ten pounds of pasta from producers that are impossible to find (but lighter with euors lifted from my wallet). The shop was recommended by Maureen Fant's colleague and friend who wrote the primer on Italian pasta (Maureen translated). Sandwiched between the Corso and Spagna, its a fun place to wander through.

Now for the low point. Lunch at La Campana was likely the worst meal we have endured in our many visits to Rome over the course of many years. Yes, yes I know it is an old and venerable place, is open Sunday etc. But our meal was just plain terrible and the service staff could care less. Arancini stank of bad oil and was tasteless. A mixed fried vegetable assortment was equally bad and also had an unseemly taste. 70% of the plate were luke warm french fries - McDonalds does a better job than what was plopped down plus McD's are actually hot! The rest of the plate was an uninspired looking and tasting set of several stuffed olives and capers along with a greasy stuffed zucchine flower. We left half touched and said "non bene" when the plate was collected. Got a shrug in return.

We felt the absolute worst part of the meal was the pasta. Fettucini with funghi and taglolini with carciofi looked oddly the same - grey bits of something floating in a pool of yellow butter (could it haven that off oil?) - and undistinguisable flavor. Disappointing and bad. Left the pasta half uneaten. Again, a shrug. Was this an off-day with the D Team? Who cares. Not returning.

Thanks to all who offer their thoughts and suggestions here. A terrific resource for all!

Dec 27, 2011
wristband in Italy

US Credit Card Problems at Roman Restaurants??

I just returned from Rome and had absolutely no problem using my AmEx and Visa cards at seven restaurants and elsewhere. I used an ATM card for cash withdrawls (issued by Band of Am) without a problem. I made numerous "non-meal" purchases with my US credit cards at supermarkets, wine stores, book shops, and at Termini kiosks to purchase train tickets. No problems anywhere.

Dec 05, 2011
wristband in Italy

Absolute Thai in McLean

That is excellent news! I have given up on the once pleasing Pasa Thai (prices rose in inverse relation to the portion size and quality shrinking). Our of curiousity, I perused the menu and wandered into the room several days ago. Your review prompts me to make a bee line over and dive into ka prow yum tom etc.

BTW, the menu is an interesting meld of traditional Thai, house specialities and healthier takes on Thai cuisine with, as you note, the incongruent addition of mouth watering pastries.

Nov 14, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rome Nov 15th Onward - Seasonal Specials?

Thank you, you two. Oh, I am going to dig in w/ relish plates of puntarelle (love 'em also), the various field greens cited and zucca. Sniff out the newly pressed olio at markets.

Others who might offer additional suggestions, please chime in.

Nov 07, 2011
wristband in Italy

Rome Nov 15th Onward - Seasonal Specials?

Last year, early Oct., the selection of fall mushrooms was unique & superb. What should I seek out of particular interest at restaurants not normally available other times of the year?

Yes, I do realize grapes and peppers are now flowing into town. But those Oct. mushrooms were molto fantastico! Served raw, sauteed, atop pasta, mixed in salads, wow! Different restaurants had different presentations. CHer suggestions appreciated for next week in Rome!

Nov 07, 2011
wristband in Italy

Thanksgiving 2011 in Washington, DC or Northern Virginia (for a very traditional & simple eater)

I heartily recommend Clyde's. I have enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day menu at their various locations (I prefer Tysons and 1789 but you won't get in to 1789). The T-Day special meal is of very high quality and pricing is quite reasonable. The "regular" Clyde's menu is also available should anyone in your party not favor turkey with the usual sides and desert. Several locations I have been too were, in recent years, packed so reservations would seem to be essential.

I plan to return to Clyde's Tysons this Thanksgiving for a fifth year in a row. I think there are ten locations in the DC area. As other posters suggest, you should be calling now to see about your options and make reservations (and do try 1789 in case there is an opening).

Oct 29, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food oriented walking tours of Rome?

Ditto rec for Context and for the Context walking tour with Maureen. They also do an evening wine bar walking tour that is well done and fun.

Oct 27, 2011
wristband in Italy

What about Noras?

One quick point at BS: you will enter via a seafood market. The chef is happy to prepare a fresh filet of fish from the market display as your entree. So...on your way in, take a gander at the choices sitting on ice. One might be preferable to the menu entrees (after you peruse the menu). Also, the kitchen does a good job frying seafood, esp calamari.

Oct 19, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

One night in Rome -- where to eat?

"But sometimes a cigar is really just a cigar, and somebody really is just curious about where somebody who knows the difference between good and bad pasta might choose to go to eat really good pasta someplace they intend to be in Rome."

Huh? I don't understand this at all. Could someone please translate the post?

Oct 16, 2011
wristband in Italy

Where to buy good matzo ball soup in Washington DC?

I have given up on Whole Foods' take out versions of most items. Last item was an oversalted, rubbery piece of sirloin that promptly got tossed. WF baked goods have improved markedly but your description of WF latkes is far too kind.

Funny enough, I just took home several orders of Balducci's brisket after sampling several bites at the counter. I was impressed. Tonight is Balducci's brisket night sans latkes with a rowdy crowd. They better be pleased or my dining room walls will be pelted with brisket sauce. Doubt it but one never knows when canterkous hungry guests show up.

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Balducci's
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Oct 06, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rosslyn, VA -- Family Friendly Dining on Sunday Evening

Yeah, the Thai House...with crazy Hatian-like colorful scenes painted on the wall...way back in the day!

And it is indeed Village Bistro, still puttering along putting out a reliable product in a friendly way lo these many many years.

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Village Bistro
1723 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

Oct 06, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Brunch in Reston Area?

MAG is a good bet and they at times have live jazz. Il Fornaio is a nice setting with, obv, a slant toward Italian but the usual brunch suspects are offered on the menu.

I have not been to the Passion Fish brunch but I am told it is excellent. Problem, for me, is it is a set price with a considerable amount of food. I prefer to order a la carte but, hey, that's me.

Oct 03, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rosslyn, VA -- Family Friendly Dining on Sunday Evening

The European Cafe in the same center as Pho 75 & Ray's on Wilson is worth considering. Well rounded menu that is sure to please even the ficklest kids, pleasant setting, friendly service and modest pricing.

Oct 03, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to buy good matzo ball soup in Washington DC?

Yes, thumbs down on the kugel. Depressingly sweet. Now, the brisket is pretty good.

Funny enough, like various vintages of the same wine, the Balducci latkes vary in quality and taste year by year. This year, I felt their latkes were far too chubby and greasy in taste. Like chewing on an Ore-Ida frozen potato mash. However, last year's model floated gently upward to the ceiling much like a delicately made matzoh ball!

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Balducci's
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Oct 03, 2011
wristband in Washington DC & Baltimore