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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.

6641 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 22101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Holmes Place

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 918-0080

Website:
http://www.assaggiosteria.com/

Catering:
Customized, themed events.

Parking Details:
Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.

Public Transit:
Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.

Executive Chef:
Domenico Cornacchia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We have dined here from time to time but this time, the food was especially good and the menu offered interesting options. We were surprised that a prix fixe menu was offered for Valentine's week, not just Valentine's Day, and it was a very good value. Everything, from soup to dessert, was delicious, and the petite filet was one of the best we've encountered. Cocktails are overpriced, at $15, but are tasty. Service was attentive. There was a large, noisy group having a great time, which was good to see, but which made it very difficult to have a conversation. It would have been better if they had been seated elsewhere than in the main dining room.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had a delightful Valentine Day dinner here. They had a special four course Valentine Day menu for $55 per person and every course was delicious. The wine list is fairly extensive and reasonable. When they didn't have the wine on the list that I wanted, our waitress made two suggestions at a lower price. I chose one of them and it was superb. All in all it was a delightful evening with superb food, service and wine. We definitely will be coming back!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Not impressed!! Overrated and overpriced for what they provide.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and we had waited for over six months, as they were doing a renovation to the space. While the restaurant is in a rather non-descript brick building (with plenty of parking), once inside we were treated to a calm, beautifully decorated space. We were seated at a quiet table for two in a corner, which was wonderful, as about half an hour into our meal, a large group came in and so the decibel level increased dramatically. I had began my meal with a salad, followed by veal-stiffed ravioli. My husband had the blue crab crostini and then wild Alaskan salmon. We each had a dessert: lemon tart with fresh berries and a delicate apple cake with vanilla gelato. Our server, Giovanni , was attentive, friendly but not intrusive, and knew the menu and its preparation well. We would return here. One note of caution: the bill can run quite high if one is not careful, or if you need to watch your budget. They do have specials which are worth checking out.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was excellent. I thought the back ground music was ruining the good atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice as usual. Bit overpriced

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great meal. Recommend. Need to go back to hang at the bar (good for small crowd).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The garganelli with bolognese sauce was absolutely fantastic, will return again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We looked forward to returning to this restaurant after a long hiatus due to their remodeling. Sadly, we’ve now removed it from our list of old standbys. In the past, we would tarry over the menu because everything sounded so good. This time, it took ages to decide because few items enticed us. What we finally ordered was good, but not the special birthday celebration we’d hoped for. Also, inexplicably, our waiter addressed almost all of his comments, menu explanations and queries directly to my husband, as if I weren’t even there. Too bad for the waiter, since I was the one “treating” for this birthday dinner and, thus, deciding on the tip.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent place to take your wife, which is what I did.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I enjoyed a restaurant week special which was delicious. The burrata was exceptional. I ordered the veal saltimbocca and it seemed more like osso bucco to me. But it tasted good. They also did a very nice thing for my daughter. It was her 14th birthday and they brought her gelato with a sparkler in it. She loved it and it made the evening a bit more special for her.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

As always, our visit was most enjoyable. It was restaurant week, and we took advantage of the 3 course lunch menu. The burrata/beet salad was exceptional -- hoping it will be on the regular menu. the Italian coffee creme brulee was creative and tasty. The rainbow trout fillet was ok but not up to other items in flavor. The wait staff were lovely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Have been a patron at this restaurant over the years. With the new re-opening I expected more. Perhaps that will come when the pizzeria opens. At lunch, the beet salad was very good. The soup of the day was bland and poorly seasoned. Both of our seafood dishes from the special luncheon menu were disappointing. The grilled seafood had an "off" taste and pasta with mussels and shrimp were over powered by a heavy smoky flavour. Service was unremarkable.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Not sure which was better the fabulous food or the spectacular service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I have been to Assaggi many times and we will return many more. The food is always excellent and genuinely Italian. It is well laid out and decorated and we consider it the best Italian restaurant in the DC area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had to come back! Once again, a wonderful night. The food was so great...authentic Italian. Refined service with a stunning decor...and food to enjoy! Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We both had wonderful meals. I wanted to try every dish that I saw go by. Excellent service.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The updates look great and more edgy, although we loved the previous family, "italian" atmosphere. They removed their gnocchi which was one of the dishes we were hoping to have. No offense to the service which was great but we missed the older familiar waiters of before. Seems the servings are smaller and more expensive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and superb service.

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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Post concert dinner. Service was a little slow

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

glad this local spot has reopened following renovation. nice menu selection. attentive staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Another great experience at this restaurant, I've been coming here for 7 years now and have never had a single bad meal. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were disappointed in the menu since some entrees were not available. We ordered the wild halibut that was delicious but the portion was very small for the price. The dish had very little veggies and presentation was uninspiring. It looked like the food was thrown together.

The service was good and we were not rushed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

very small portion, way over priced, Fish was two inches square

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The menu selections, service and presentation all excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food at Assaggi was delicious. Francesco, our host, was one of the best and made the visit memorable. Paccheri was out of this world. I cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Wonderful food & service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A very nice lunch with delicious food, attentive but discreet service, an uncrowded and unrushed feel with no difficulty carrying on a conversation, servings appropriate for lunch, but a bit pricey for a friends gathering for lunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of our favorite places to dine!
Bonus: the gluten-free pasta is absolutely delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We showed up on a Saturday for lunch. Our lunch at this otherwise great restaurant was somewhat spoiled by a noisy local meeting honoring a local politician.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was great; wine was very good, but very overpriced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I loved the feel of the old restaurant before renovations and loved the old staff. Post renovation, cold, dark, modern and the entire staff has changed. Menu is very much the same as before. When they first opened no meal choice was a disappointment. I can not say that now. Over-salted, overpriced and the traditional feel is gone. Hope the pizzeria, when it opens will be worth the trip.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Since the renovation, it is trying to be a quality, nice restaurant. . . but through the glass wall to the bar is the sports channel at all times. Not consistent with what they are trying to do. Slow service. Had to ask to place the order, had to ask to get the check. Sadly, there are no good places in McLean.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We celebrated a 91st birthday. It was wonderful. The food was delicious and they gave her a fabulous dessert. The food was simply amazing. I would highly recommend the Salumi and Burrata appetizers. There was a large party, which made service a bit slow. For an elderly lady, it was very loud. Overall, a great experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant with delicious, well-prepared and presented food. There is a degree of quiet elegance to it which makes it ideal for a meal with friends where you can easily talk and to each other.
The food is always wonderful, but I have a small quibble. I carefully read the menu and the last 2 times I was there, an ingredient listed in the descriptions was missing. My cozze had no tomatoes and the guanciale was hardly discernible. Last time the seafood salad that was on the special of the day list, had no avocados that were in the description. Each meal was very good, but it is curious why something should be missing especially on a "specials" list and since there is a high-end grocery store in the same shopping center to fill in any void. Still, nothing to stop me from returning - just wish they were more careful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service uneven. Rushed us to order, then disappeared during meal. Soup excellent. Pasta luke warm —for everyone at table!! Cappuccino also tepid. Noise level awful. It was sooo loud—almost to point of being unbearable. Very disappointed. Will not return

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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