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About Pinzimini Restaurant and Lounge at The Westin Arlington Gateway
Located in the bustling neighborhood of Ballston, Pinzimini is not your traditional Italian restaurant. With a culinary philosophy of fresh, local ingredients and simple preparations, you can sign a contract at a power-broker business lunch or celebrate a done-deal over evening cocktails in the lounge. Our modern Italian cuisine mixes high-quality ingredients that display the creativity of our chefs, with fresh accents as well as seasonal salads and pastas. Pinzimini also offers patio seating to allow you to enjoy the weather on a beautiful day. We are located two blocks from the Ballston Metro on North Glebe Road in The Westin Arlington Gateway. 2 hours of complimentary valet parking available for all diners.
Arlington, VA 22203
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am to 10:30am Monday through Friday; 6:30am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday; 12:00pm to 2.30pm Saturday
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Lounge: Nightly: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pinzimini offers many of its menu items to go. Large party platters available for pick-up, perfect for office or home parties. Try Pinzimini pizzas ON-THE-GO and bring the freshness and aromas to your home or office.
2 Hours of Complimentary Valet Parking (ask your server for validation)
Two Blocks from the Ballston/MU metro stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Pinzimini offers the following private dining options: a Private Dining Room for up to 40 seated guests and up to 60 for standing reception, and a semi-private room overlooking the courtyard for up to 30 guests. For more information and private dining menus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinzimini Restaurant and Lounge at The Westin Arlington Gateway Ratings and Reviews
Restaurant is in the Westin, and befits the high style normally seen in this hotel. Lightly patronized for lunch, except for rush of in-hotel meeting people that swarmed in, ate and quickly left. Service was timely, although I don't think we saw the same server twice-- as management was clearly helping to deliver food in the lunch time rush. Food was good, not sure I would put this on my list of favorites though.
Gorgeous space and excellent service. The food all looked good on the menu and the ingredients were excellent, but the combination of elements on the plate was always just plain bad, e.g. a wonderful piece of lobster overwhelmed by a tasteless hunk of potato. Also, almost everything we had was severely under-seasoned.
(Party of 7 for an engagement party) It was extremely dark in our section and I was told the lighting could Not be changed because it would effect everyone else's lighting (even though there was literally only One party of 2 in the place other than us). It was so dark, my 51 yr old mother had to ask the waiter to READ the menu!
Skip the fact that not once did we get our water refilled without asking. One order of crabcakes was missing. My dad got the wrong type of soup. After 20 mins of not receiving the right soup, my dad just told the waiter he wasn't hungry anymore. Despite it being EMPTY, we were checked on every 30 mins. It was horrible. Since it was a happy time, we rode it out. I really hoped this place dazzled my new inlaws :(
We chose Pinzimini's for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row because the food last year was very memorable. The dinner this time (turkey with the fixings and the 6-oz filet) were both very tasty but the flavor seemed somewhat muted. The lobster first course, though, had an outstanding spinach custard that surpassed the lobster itself. The butternut squash bisque was a tasty cream soup but extremely filling. The servers were very attentive. The only thing distracting was the bar TV reflecting off the glass at the back tables facing the outdoors. If no one is sitting at the bar, it would be nice to have the TV turned off...
The service and food were HORRIBLE. We sat for 40 minutes after giving our order before an appetizer was brought out (which turned out to be flavorless). My drink, a diet Pepsi, was never brought out, and we had to flag someone down to refill our water. The waiter never came to check on us, or ask how the appetizer was. We sat for another 30 minutes, waiting for the appetizer to be cleared and our main dishes to be brought out. Finally, we flagged down the waiter, told him that this was ridiculous, and left. The best part-the resturant was empty! If this had occured on a busy Friday night, we would have been more understanding. But we went late Sunday night, and there were literally only two other occupied tables.
Our hour-long business lunch took two hours because of how slow the service was. Once the food came it was excellent, but must have waited 10 minutes for menus, 20 more minutes for our order to be taken. Probably not headed back. Shame b/c I liked the food.
We had a work dinner on a Thursday night and the restaurant was practically empty. I would have expected the wait staff to be extra attentive as a result, but this was not the case. The food was fine, but nothing special. At least the prices were reasonable. Not a bad spot for a work dinner, just not too exciting.
We've been to Pinzimini several times, but this is the first time in well over a year, and it's at least as good as ever. The food is excellent, well prepared and beautifully presented. The menu (modern and traditional Italian) offers something for everyone. I had the Mediterranean sea bass, which was sweet and fresh and perfectly prepared. Everyone else at the table (four of us) were pleased with their dishes also. The only weak point was the disconnect between the wine list and the available wines (a 2006 Italian Barbera is NOT the same as a 2005!). And the server was clearly not a sommelier.
Being very new to the area, and not knowing where to to dine, I resorted to the Internet to find a "fine, Italian restaurant". Those exact words were the key to my Yahoo search. The pictures of the Pinzimini that are online are very appealing and inviting and still I was reluctant to believe...you see, pictures online aren't always a true representation of the real life thing. "The Westin" name also gave me hope, but, still, the true thing and experience remained to be had. Convenient location, and easy to find...check. Valet parking...check. Fast and attentive greeter...check, check. Great setting...check, check. Beautiful ambiance, and very true to the online photos...check, check, check. Alas, the dinning...more like, dessert ex
We went to Pinzimini to celebrate my brother's birthday. The food was all prepared well, BUT the service was very poor. Initially, we had one waiter who was helpful, but after my brother and I were served soup and salad (no one else had ordered soup and salad), we waited and waited and finally concluded that no one was bringing our other dishes or the dishes that the other people in our party had ordered. We finally went and got the attention of another waiter (I never saw the first waiter again), and our food finally came about 20 minutes later. The food and ambiance were both good, but the service was so poor as to make me loathe to go there again or recommend it to anyone else. Moreover, no one from the restaurant even apologized.
Nothing remarkable about Pinizimini whatsoever. Convenient if you are a business traveler staying at the Westin Gateway or are a resident of the Ballston neighborhood in Arlington. I went for Restaurant Week and there were four appetizers, four main dishes, and three dessert selections, so average there. Without going into detail, the food was a bit above average, but for the price I felt underwhelmed. Atmosphere was utterly empty with the sort of stiff, uniform color and texture scheme that usually accompanies large hotel chains. Perhaps it would be better if Pinzimini were separate from the Westin and a little more toward the interior of Ballston.
we got seated - it was average customer service - could have been better after we got our main course - could have came by & check to see how the food was but didnt. had a discussion with the manager & he understood what needs to be done in order to improve service.
possible that i could go back there again soon.
I have given this restaurant three chances as a neighborhood resident. The steaks are good, the manager is awesome but the wait staff has much to be desired, especially associated with a Starwood Hotel. Customer service seems to be slipping everywhere one goes though.
Food was good and room was nice. Reservation had requested booth seating. That was not set up until we arrived and refused a table in the middle of the room. Wine service was done completely wrong. Red wine was opened at the table and then dumped into the three glasses. Cork was stuck back into bottle without ever being shown to anyone or a taste poured for anyone or the red wine allowed to breathe. Clearly not a trained person.
Have eaten here several times. This past visit was for the Appetite Stimulus 3-course package. The butternut squash soup was outstanding. The beef tenderloin was too salty and tasted as if it has been overseasoned. I would visit again, largely because it is close to home and quiet with fairly good service.
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