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Assaggi Osteria
Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.AssaggiOsteria.com
  • Phone: (703) 918-0080
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenico Cornacchia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Customized, themed events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holmes Place
  • Public Transit: Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.
A word from Assaggi Osteria
Domenico Cornacchia, chef/proprietor of Assaggi Osteria, taps into ages of ancestral Italian cooking each time he steps into his kitchen and brings a rich love of the cuisine that he so skillfully nurtured through the years. “Assaggi means tastings in Italian,” explains Domenico, “The concept of my menu is based on a variety of items that may be ordered in smaller portions.” Before deciding to pursue his dream of operating his own restaurant, Domenico was corporate executive chef and partner at Café Milano, for more than 15 years. His culinary umbrella also covered Café Milano’s two sister restaurants, Sette Bello in Clarendon, VA., and Sette Osteria in Dupont Circle.  For those who love Italian cuisine, Assaggi Osteria features homemade pasta’s, fresh seafood, veal and scrumptious beef. Assaggi Osteria sources whole fresh fish from worldwide sustainable sources,offering the finest bounty the sea has to offer. Produce is purchased from Amish farms and all desserts are homemade.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and wine was outstanding. Service was excellent. It was a warm, inviting environment. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I visited Assagi Osteria with a friend to celebrate his new job. I purchased a Groupon for the restaurant, so I didn't know much about it at all The service was great, the food was very good and the ambiance was nice for a night out with a loved one, friends, family, etc. It's a quaint little place and the menu selections were great. I'd definitely visit them again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Tried this place because of restaurant week. I will not go back. The restaurant week menu was not interesting and we order a la carte. The fried calamari was tasteless and not seasoned. Plus, it came with shrimp, which was an odd surprise. It was served with a remoulade that was too thick and once again tasteless. I would think an "Italian" restaurant would have a lovely marinara to pair with a wonderfully seasoned calamari, but that was not the case. It was lunch and I opted for a panini. The panini it self was good, but just good. My panini came with a salad and my friend's came with fries. The salad was dressed lettuce and the fries were not crispy or seasoned. Also, the chicken paillard was grilled and dry. No seasoning to be found..."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Tried the restaurant week with our 4 yrs old. It's not a kid-friendly. My kid's $17 pasta was just okay. The owner/manager was very rude. We just didn't have a good experience here... won't be going back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The menu is varied and has something for everyone. Fish, chops, pasta, salads, great apps. The patio and bar are great to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and an excellent assortment of Italian cheeses."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I had lunch with friends visiting from Florida who asked to dine at a traditional Italian restaurant. We dined during Restaurant Week. The food was very good; two people had the salmon special, one person had a paninni, and one person had arugula salad with chicken breast. Clearly, not traditional Italian food. One person had green tomato soup that was interesting. No complaints about the food. The service was slow and we couldn't figure out why because the restaurant wasn't busy. The waiter gave plenty of "talking time." Dessert accompanied several of the lunches but the waiter never brought them. We asked several times and finally the dessert, which was included in the lunch price, arrived. Overall, a nice experience and I would return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was great, the food was good, but the dining room was very noisy. We asked to move our table and found it a little more tolerable."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Often in McLean one forgets that there are some local restaurants that merit patronizing to ensure that you have a local neighborhood gem when you don't want to mess with downtown DC or the cluster that Tysons Corner has become. Thus come to Assaggi Osteria where excellent italian food awaits. Had a great meal - the Dorade was fantastic and beautifully prepared. The sea bass was amazing on a lovely bed of French lentils. Wine list was good. Dessert was very nice - a lemon pannacotta that melted in your mouth! Service was good. Ambience was good. We even sat outside and while watching the cars whiz by on Old Dominion may not be the most scenic, it does fulfill that people watching niche nicely. Good experience and we will be back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Excellent Food, Very Good Service, Wonderful Experience. I went here with my husband for lunch. He got the Restaurnat Week Lunch Menu and I got the Lunch Special. We both enjoyed our food and time here. We'll definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "So, guess we were spoiled by the late, lamented Bethesda Assaggi. Same wonderful food, but very long waits btw courses, seldom-seen waiter, no ice for the white wine and conversation-challenging noise level."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Food was awesome. Staff extremely accomodating and conscientious. The four of us enjoyed being able to converse without having to yell. I would highly recommend this place to others for any occasion. We had dinner and are looking forward to coming back for a brunch."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We were greated again by our favorite waiter, Wilson. We had not been at the restaurant for at least 7 months. Wilson remembers us, he remembers my wife's favorite wine, tells us it is probably out but he would look for it. He was able to find one bottle. The food is always great but Wilson makes us feel like VIPs and we appreciate that."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We sat at the bar and received excellent service. Our server/bartender adjusted several items on the menu to suit our tastes. Very helpful. Food was very good. Have been for dinner, but prefer the lower key tempo during the day, early afternoon."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I lived in Milano for 2 years and have missed good Italian food since moving to Northern Virginia form the NYC area. My Cioppino one of the many lunch specials, was out of this world...every morsel of fish, clams, mussels was tender and delicious and the broth, heaven. I can't wait to return to try more dishes."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We keep coming back to Assggi Osteria for the quality of the food and service. We live nearby and consider it one of neighbohood's gems."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I had a groupon so went even though it was a time crunch. The staff were wonderful in making sure that I made good selection from the menu. They ensured that the desert selected was packable and had the check ready so I was able to enjoy the one hour at the restaurant. The food was outstanding! The platter of mozzerella was amazing as is the olive oil they serve."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "A very friendly restaurant staff added to the pleasant dining experience. Great food and an extensive wine list."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Black cod appetizer excellent but tiny portion. Pasta with fresh peas nothing special, but adequate for two. Veal chop perfectly cooked but too salty, sautéed spinach excellent. Cioppino excellent. Service responsive but unobtrusive. Unusually large selection of wines by the glass and and half liter. Extensive Italian wine list. Too full for dessert. Expensive but a decent value."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent, friendly service. Wonderful food. Will come back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had hoped for a quiet table, like in the back room. Regrettably we sat in the main room, which is just too loud to enjoy."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is delicious and nicely plated. Portions are generous. The service is spectacular. Our waiter had a terrific sense of humor and was attentive to our needs. I look forward to my next delightful meal there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We all had a great time at this wonderful restaurant. The food was delicious! To start, we had grilled octopus, mashed fava beans & tomato stew and fava beans & fennel silky soup. Amazing! The, we all had the dinner special, Ossobuco with risotto...delicious!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our dinner featured perhaps the best stripped base we have ever eaten. The new menu features tremendous variety from veal chop to pasta to delectable salads."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "When we have visitors from Italy, we take them to Assaggi's. They are tough critics and their positive ratings carry weight. So far they have always been impressed with the food, the service, and the ambiance."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We ordered one veal dish and one sea bass. The veal was not good at all. It was tough and the taste was not good. The Sea Bass was excellent (5 stars). The server brought a replacement dish of pasta with meat (garganelli) that was very good. The wine the server recommended was very good. It was just surprising to have had a dish that was so bad in this lovely restaurant. Overall, however,it was a nice experience and an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food tasted very good. However I wont be coming back due to the service. The waiter or what seemed to be the manager sat us at a corner table near the entrance. I asked if we could move to another table (which shouldn't have been a problem since it was a Sunday night and only a few tables were being occupied). He chuckled and seemed irritated then finally sat us down. Another waiter came to take our order but was very rude in his mannerism. On top of that he couldn't even crack a smile. While the food was good, I could have just as well gone to another restaurant that I know of that's in the area with similar dishes and wonderful customer service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this restaurant! I am craving their food as I think about it. Definitely the best find in the area for some good italian food. I only wish the Moscato wine was served in a bigger glass."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
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    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It had been a while since my husband and I gone out for fine Italian dining, and this was our first time here. Assagi Osteria was a pleasant reminder of why Italy boasts one of the world's greatest cuisines. The food and service were excellent; and looking around at the young and old, the families and the friends, the tables for six and the tables for two, everyone was was smiling and relaxing and enjoying a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The first time I went to this restaurant, I was really taken by the quality of the food, great wine, service, and ambiance. I returned a second time, and while the wine was still wonderful, it was quite noisy, the gnochi overly peppered, and an inattentive waiter who either didn't understand English well or was unaware that I was asking for alternative pasta type in a whole wheat penne and vegetable dish."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We always enjoy our meals here. They have very nice wine specials too. The chef is an artist."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've eaten at Assaggi Osteria twice, and both times the food was superb - pasta, fish, and meat entrees all top-notch, delicious salads and appetizers (we skipped dessert). Wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful but unobtrusive. It's becoming our favorite place to eat in the McLean area. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Come early on Friday.... by 7:30 - 8:00 it's a full house. A very enjoyable dinner in a quaint neighborhood setting. Fine food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant because I had won a gift certificate for it. The place was surprisingly large---I was glad we were seated off the main dining room as it was a bit more quiet there. The wine list seemed extensive and was a bit on the pricy side. The food was excellent (I had steak; my husband the spaghetti and clams). It did take a little longer than normal, however, to get our order taken, etc. And, at times, the server seemed a bit befuddled. I'm not sure if he was new or just had too many tables."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We ordered 2 starters, yet only got one. I speak clearly... the waiter just wasn't paying attention and had an attitude. We ordered wine from the house menu where you can choose the amount. We paid for one step below a full bottle, yet basically were given one glass of wine each. I routinely order 750ml bottles and know how many glasses/sips to expect, they were very stingy. Both main courses were extremely salty and small, one was otherwise good(spaghetti w-clams), the other was awful-worst pesto I've ever had. They served 3 slices of bread with the meal & meant it. There was no pepper on the table, none was offered, when we asked it took a while. All told the meal was over $100 and was worth less than half that in my opinion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We eat at this restaurant frequently and tonight the food was the best we have ever experienced. The service on the other hand was not the best we have experienced."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "For the second time in our last two visits, we finally, after more than 15 min., had to ask the maître 'd for a waiter. Our dinner was not served until 1 hour and 15 minutes after being seated, all the while other patrons who arrived after us had been served and left. We had ordered the lobster special and it consisted of no more than four bites of lobster. All of this plus a bill of over $90 for two people. I want to like Assaggi, but they make it very difficult."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were seated at a nice private table. We went to celebrate a birthday, and the owner made sure we got a dessert with a candle in it. I had told them we had a birthday to celebrate, but they didn't do anything when the desserts we ordered came out. They then brought an additional dessert with the candle in it...but we were charged for it. At $8.00 a dessert we didn't need three! We both ordered the lobster grilled with pasta. It was good, but we were still hungry after. The bread was fantastic and the clientele is what we expect and want in a restaurant. I guess for the expensive price of this place that's what you get. Don't bring kids - its a nice date night place, but not for children - go to Olive Garden with kiddos."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service was very slow. Perhaps because we sat outside but the table behind us had much better service (by a different waitress). We ordered ice cream for dessert and it took almost 20 minutes."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Both the food and the service were excellent. We had a wonderful lunch. THe pasta and the salads were exceptional"
    Dined on 6/14/2014