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“Still good but something was missing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria
6641 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 918-0080
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Ranked #11 of 117 Restaurants in McLean
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Holmes Place
Transit: Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
Description: Domenico Cornacchia, chef/proprietor 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.
Washington DC
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“Still good but something was missing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Descided to stop in and enjoy a dinner Sunday night at Assaggi Osteria. We did not have reservations so, when asked, we said no. He then decided to sit us at the first table for two right near the door. My husband asked to have a different place and was rebuffed in our request despite a not crowded restaurant. So, we were seated at a table for two and were crowded from the get go. Not a big issue because the wait staff were very prompt at clearing. We ordered a great chianti from Italy and shared a mussles appetizer. Both were excellent. So, things are looking great. Then our main courses came - duck and a lobster with spaghetti. The only complaint was the chicken lobster had been overcooked. Since it was not expected to be big anyway, it was not a big issue. But we tried to tell the maitre - d it had been overcooked and all he did was proceed to "help" me get it out of the shell. I had already done one side but, he insisted and got the other one pulled out. But, because it had been overcooked, the lobster did not come out, it disintegrated. And he put mostly gill on my plate. A little frustrating despite his good intentions. Next we ordered the housemade ice cream. I expected it to be very rich and "pop" with flavor. Only the chocolate did that - it was very rich. The butter pecan did not pop and neither did the vanilla. Though good; they did not have intense vanilla flavor or butter pecan. So, it was a mixed bag for this trip. Maybe next time things will go better.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Meh...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Lovely ambiance, hostess did not speak a word to us when we entered. Kale salad meh ( I make these at home and they are much better!), bean soup too Tarragonny (is that a word?), pea and prosciutto gnocchi gummy, bronzino pretty bland. Pumpkin creme brulee out of this world!!

We were in Italy this summer eating AMAZING food but I will have to keep looking for good Italian close to home.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Fantastic Food - Like Homemade”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Atmosphere - white table cloths, but not too fancy. Food - amazingly fresh and authentic. Felt like it was made to order. Service - They made you feel at home. This place is 15 miles from home and I know we'll go back.

Visited October 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Make Your Special Occasion Memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This Italian restaurant in "downtown" McLean, Virginia is a gem of a restaurant that is top of our list when we are celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. The food is excellent and the service impeccable. I especially enjoyed the veal stuffed homemade ravioli and the desserts are worth the calories!

Visited October 2013
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North Potomac, Maryland
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“Perhaps a bit overrun when we dined there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We came as two couples. Our orders took forever, and we were offered free appetizers as a result. Food was fine, but either the dining room is perpetually short staffed or someone didn't show up our night.

Visited September 2013
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