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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
I walk by Pinzimini on my way to work and always thought the décor understated but interesting, streamlined contemporary. It was summer, a Friday night in August, so was very quiet, only a few parties seated. But the food was very good for a hotel restaurant, and the service sincere, attentive, and accommodating. We like hotel restaurants and bars for some reason, and we would return here for a quite dinner on another Friday night, a good place to let the cacophony of the week slip slightly farther away with each sip of wine...
I was there for a business trip and decided to get a quick bite to eat. The place was very quiet, did not have too many people. I ordered the Insalata Caprese as a starter. The dish was very bland, tomato didn't taste too fresh and mozzarella cheese was mushed. I also had the Branzino Alla Griglia. The fish was cooked fine. However, it was sitting on top of a huge "blob" of tasteless polenta. There were so much polenta and it was such a huge chunk and dry.
Their food presentation could definitely use some help and so were their staff. I was told that the fish will need 30 minutes to prepare, which I was fine with that. Then it came out 2 minutes after the appetizer, which I had literally had one bite and they need to take it back to the kitchen. That caused the food to be cold but the plate was piping hot when it came out the second time. When the staff (not the server) delivered the appetizer, he has a pen in his hand next to the plate, I was glad that did not poke me when he put down the plate.
It's rather disappointing for the whole dining experience there; unlike most other restaurants I've been to in the SPG hotels.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this place was such a let down. I guess I expected more from this restaurant because it's part of The Westin. We started off with their cheese plate (three Italian cheeses) and when I asked what kind of cheese, the server couldn't tell me but we were fine with that because we love cheese! Wrong. It was the saddest cheese plate ever. For our main course, we decided to split a pizza and share a side of
gorgonzola mashed potatoes. The pizza tasted like it came straight from the freezer. When the mashed potatoes came out, we were confused if the gorgonzola was already mixed in or not because we couldn't taste it. Asked the server about it so he brought out a side of BLUE cheese...I'm sorry but I will never come here again.
Went to this restaurant on a Friday for lunch and there were very few people dining. Despite this fact, the service was very slow, it took forever for the food to be served and when it arrived at our table it was not hot. Let's just say, the plate was hotter than the food. This is my second unpleasant experience at this restaurant this summer. I won't be returning.
We went with my in-laws. The food was fine but the service was awful. It was empty - the food took over an hour to come out. We had to remind the waiter about our soups etc. a few times. I think he honestly forgot about the food. We won't be back even though I live around the corner.
Met a client for dinner. The waiter was very attentive and atmosphere was very nice but unfortunately the food was very plain and lacked flavor. Fish was way over cooked, soup lacked seasoning and I couldn't even finish dessert because it was so bad. The restuarnant was only 30% full, which should have been a clue for me to leave.
I found the restaurant and reviews on Open Table sounded good but I didn't know it was in a hotel until I got there. I don't like to dine in hotels but had the food and service been great I would advise as such . The waiter didn't speak English well and was the only waiter for the entire dining room. After I ordered a glass of wine and a few minutes later my salad came but no wine. I had to flag down the one waiter ask again for my wine. He never asked me if I wanted to order a main course and I had to flag him down again and waited a good 15 minutes to order, was finished with my salad by the time I ordered my main and waited about 30 minutes for that. Couldn't get out of there fast enough. Also, it is an "Italian restaurant" with a very small number of menu choices.
The Pinzimini is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, a 15-minute walk from my home. On a sunny Sunday morning with a hint of fall in the air, I savored the experience. Dining alone on the patio, I enjoyed farm fresh eggs, sausage links, breakfast potatoes, and warm butter with sourdough toast. I used to take my dad to the the Pinzimini for breakfast or brunch about twice monthly, so I am greeted as a friend when I enter. We would dine in the sun room or out on the patio in solitude. The deliciousness of this meal, the soothing and relaxing ambience out on the patio, the scenic, relaxing walk to and from home, and the personal service that I receive remind me that I should stop by more often.
I go there all the time for lunch meetings because the tables are spread out nicely, giving you privacy. They have a great soud/salad/sandwich combo for a very reasonable price which I love. I believe they offer free valet parking for their restaurant as well. It's not typically very busy, so if you go on a randomly busy day you'll run into service problems because they're generally not staffed for that.
Four of us went and had a reservation for Mother's Day. No one was at the podium to receive us and I finally flagged someone down. They seemed busy but the restaurant was not full. Once seated we had to flag down someone to wait on us. Once we had our waiter all went well and the buffet was delicious, with a continental flair. A nice touch was when they delivered a cut rose to both me and my mother.
Pricing was reasonable too.
Would go again and definitely try dinner.
Service and cuisine have slipped remarkably since last visit and is clearly reflected in the nearly empty restaurant! I was very disappointed and probably will not return anytime soon! Hopefully the lack of customers will force management to address the myriad of problems with this establishment before this one time hidden gem goes under for the third time! (Note: Service in a nearly empty restaurant should not be this spotty. No way should it have taken 15 minutes for someone to take an order with (counted them!) four seated patrons at only two tables!!)
Pinzi Mini has become my favorite place for lunch in Ballston. As soon as you go in you are greeted with a big smile from Maria the hostess. The service is also enjoyable and quick. Definitely ask for Lorenzo who does a great job with explaining the menu and getting you want you need. Everything I've tried at Pinzi Mini has been delicious.
We ordered a variety of small plates and were pleased with all of our choices. I especially liked the trio of fried rice balls set on a three sectioned plate each in a different sauce. Good value, though not inexpensive. Reasonably sized portions--no left-overs to bring home. We particularly liked the fresh mixed olive oil/cheese spread that was prepared at the table and the good fresh bread to put the spread on--the bread would be even better if warmed.
Dinner experiences at Pinzimini were totally different than lunch. I would recommend the restaurant only for breakfast and lunch. Night servers and employees, including cooks seem to have an agenda all their own. The employees stood around and talked to each other if not harrassing a guest. It was a degrading and a belittling experience at dinner.
Back for a second taste. My girlfriend and I love this restaurant. Very convenient in Ballston, terrific food, friendly and helpful service, and a nice atmosphere. Get a bottle of the 2010 Merryvale Carneros Pinot Noir with your dinner. You won't regret it!
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