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About Assaggi Osteria
Domenico Cornacchia, Executive Chef 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.
McLean, VA 22101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Customized, themed events.
Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.
Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Loggia, a semi private room can accommodate 10 to 30 people. The Wine Room, a private room can accommodate 20 to 40 people. All menus customized to meet our client"s' needs. The main dining room can accomodate 60 to 70 people comfortably. We have an extensive wine list.
Assaggi Osteria Ratings and Reviews
The food and service are excellent. We had fabulous meals with a great wine selection. The only problem is the noise level in the restaurant. It is very loud which makes it difficult to talk with your table mates. It would be difficult if you were trying to conduct business or have a quiet, conversation.
We have been there on many occasions and the food and service is always excellent. We were disappointed with two things: we brought our own wine and the corkage fee was outrageous; we asked for side dishes of pasta with the most expensive entre and were charged a half portion price for each of the simple side dishes. While the food is great, the value is questionable.
My wife and I had a rare opportunity to dine together and chose Assaggi for the first time. It turned out to be a huge success - the food was excellent - not far from what you would get in Italy. Many Italian restaurants serve “Americanized” Italian cuisine. Not Assaggi. This is genuine. The service was very pleasant, efficient and high quality. We have a new favorite restaurant in McLean.
The food is authentic Italian. Some of the staff is for Italy, which makes it even better. Great recommendations from them both on food and wine. They were all very attentive and professional. The food was great. Portions are like in Italy, not large, but definitely enough. Great fresh made pastas, appetizers, and desserts. Not heavy, just perfect. Thank you for a great evening!
The renovated space is lovely but so loud! Very hard to carry on a conversation. In addition, my linguini dish (linguine with lobster and cherry tomatoes--a special) was very fishy tasting. I had considered recommending it for another gathering but am now afraid to do so based on my experience. I'm sorry to say it because it is close by and there are not a lot of food choices in McLean.
This is always an excellent restaurant in McLean. They have remodeled and it is much lovelier and more "sophisticated" in appearance. The service seemed a little slow this time, sep. when we had to wakit for a drink order to come and to get a basket of bread . Also the veal chop, which is the most expensive item on the menu was a little overcooked. We had asked for medium rare and it was definitely medium which means it was little tougher than it should have been. At that price the chop needs to be perfect. But the soft shell crabs and the Grilled Spanish Octopus were excellent. Minor problems but considering this is the most "upscale" restaurant in the area there really should be no problems.
So we started at a table for two that was blocking the door to a private dining room where they were gong to have a party. A pretty brain dead thing to have done, but corrected easily enough--at our suggestion, not the restaurant's. Then the kitchen neglected to remove the scales from my wife's Black Sea bass--really? are they kidding? My pasta had the consistency of wallpaper paste and not all flavorful Our waiter was very polite and pleasant, but after the crappy job the kitchen did, I would have thought more than a superficial apology would have been in order. Oddity is that the few other diners in the place seemed blissfully unaware. Maybe we were singled out; maybe just mistakes, but there isn't a chance we'll ever come here again.
I was disappointed in the recent renovation of the place, particularly the increased noise level. We were two couples dining at a table in the middle of the room and it was quite difficult even to hear the person adjacent, much less the person talking from across the table. Although it is strictly a personal matter, I did not care for the decor. I ordered one of the fish dishes which the waiters had recommended and found it overly seasoned and not well prepared. The service was only fair, with the plates remaining on the table well after we had finished. There was also substantially no attention from the waiterduring the meal, and some difficulty in getting attention from the waiter to arrange for dessert and coffee. My wife and I often dined at the restaurant before the renovation and always enjoyed the time we spent there. I'm not sure of the reasons for what appears to be some decline but we will certainly try again and hope for a better experience.
We have been waiting for Assaggi to reopen after renovations. The menu had an excellent variety of offerings and our meal and service was excellent. What almost ruined the evening was how loud it was. We were R a table for 4 in an outside wall and we had to yell across the table to converse. It was a busy Friday night but before The Reno.we didn't have the noise problem.
We will try again during the week to see if we can have a conversation at our table. Weekdays are tough but...
"The boys are back in town". After 8 long months, Assaggi is finally open, Domenico is back in the kitchen, Francesco is back managing the room, the new decor looks great, and overall it's better than ever. Food was great, as always, and our server, Giovani and his support team where spot on. Whatever the teething problems that were reported during the "soft" launch, they seem to be ironed out. Dining room was full on Saturday night and everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and service.
The food definitely went downhill from what is was before the remodel. Less authentic italian, more upscale. The burrata had almost no burrata. Is it the same chef? The service was weak. We asked for sparkling water, but got flat. One person removed crumbs from linen with her hands instead of the "tool." They will succeed once they get into a routine again, but it is not the same place....
We were very excited to revisit Assagi after it reopened after its renovation. My husband and I took our adult children for dinner. We had a number of issues. My daughter is vegetarian and the waiter kindly offered to bring her vegetable risotto. She told him that was great but she doesn't like mushrooms. He assured her there would be no mushrooms. When they brought our meals, they brought her mushroom risotto! They had to remake her dinner. In addition, they brought my son the wrong pasta dish. He told the waiter, but agreed to eat what was brought to the table. The waiter told us he would give us free dessert for our frustrations so the kids each ordered a dessert. When they brought the desserts, the waiter also brought us a plate of complimentary cookies and proceeded to charge us for the desserts! For a $250 meal (we had two appetizers and a bottle of wine), we were extremely disappointed and probably will not go back, which is unfortunate since it is so close to our home.
Our recent visit to Assaggi Osteria was marred by several disappointments: (1) one of our favorite restaurants now exists under new management; (2) there is no woodburning pizza oven, nor DOP pizza being made on the premises (the original purpose of the renovation); and (3) the original "rustic" charm of the Assaggi dining room has been replaced by a small, rather common dining room.
While the servers were pleasant enough, they appeared both inexperienced and obsequious. It took a very long time to receive our food and when we did, the pasta was not just al dente, it was completely undercooked and tough.
Change is not always good.
My husband and I were so excited that Assaggi has reopened after closing for a multi month renovation earlier in the year. They are back and better than ever! I was born to a mother who was born and raised in Milan Italy and as a result I have been fortunate enough to visit Italy frequently . Assaggi is as close to a true Italian meal as I have found in the US. Great food and excellent service from a well trained staff that know the food and how to help you shape your meal.
We were looking forward to our first dinner after long months of renovations. We dined with friends who had also been there before. What a disappointment , granted it had just reopened but...they should have left it the way it was. The old, excellent staff was gone. The changes in the dining room are not worth losing them. The wine list was outrageous and our favorite wines missing. Our waiter was awful as was the service in general. The hostesses were dressed like they were grocery shopping. The food was very good except the heirloom tomato salad was cold and had grape tomatoes and the other salads were served without dressing. Seven months and they ruined it . I could go on but you get the idea
We were really looking forward to the reopening. Unfortunately, upon arrival we were directed to the back room--after asking to be moved to one of the open tables in the main dining area we were told that would not be possible as those tables were "reserved". That's the first time we have ever had a hostess decline to accommodate such a request. The service was quite poor and very slow. The menu was largely similar to the prior menu but with fewer choices. Food was fine, but we were hoping for new and improved and found nothing remarkable. Quite disappointing.
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