$20 for $40 Worth of Authentic Italian Cuisine for Dinner at Assaggi Mozzarella Bar

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Mozzarella cheeses paired with condiments such as housemade green-tomato marmalade; traditional dishes include veal-and-spinach ravioli

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Expires Apr 17th, 2013. Limit 1 per person. May buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid for Restaurant Week menu, special promotions, or on holidays. Valid only for dinner ; dinner begins at 4 pm. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Dinner

Chefs fill ravioli with veal and spinach ($17), place braised short ribs atop creamy beds of polenta ($27), and pair roasted local rockfish fillet with corona beans and fresh squid ($29). See the full dinner menu.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar

As a 12-year-old restaurant apprentice, central Italy native Domenico Cornacchia crafted his first pastas and authentic Italian specialties by hand. Since then, he has honed his culinary skills in Swiss, French, and American kitchens, finally opening Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in 2008. There, chef Cornacchia and his chef de cuisine, Michele Lisi, pair mozzarellas from Italy, California, and Virginia with toppings such as homemade green-tomato marmalade and grilled zucchini. Cornacchia—who is “a whiz with pasta,” according to the Washingtonian—also tosses and fills homemade noodles with produce sourced from Amish farms, seafood, veal, and beef. Homemade desserts such as ice creams and sorbets complement authentic Italian meals, which, like Julia Child's short-lived attempt to serve food by slingshot, unfold in a dining room with an open kitchen.

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