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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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