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Bozzelli's Italian Deli has been churning out hearty bread-and-meat combos for more than 30 years. Over the years, the menu has blossomed to include palate-pleasing subs such as the classic steak and cheese, honey ham, and various seafood creations ($6.55+ for 8''; $7.55+ for 12''). Transition to flatter eats with a hand-tossed pizza in a predesigned house flavor, or build your own pie from the bottom up ($5.99 and up). In addition to being a peak day for UFO sightings, Wednesdays are also lasagna days at Bozzelli's, when heaping layers of noodle-y, tomato-y goodness give pasta fans the strength to finish out the week.
At Bellissimo Restaurant, the Old-World spirit isn't limited to the menu. A mural dominates one of the dining room's walls, recreating a balcony view of a northern Italian vista. Servers sporting black vests and bow ties weave amid the tables, where vases of roses add a splash of color to the crisp, white linens. It's a special kind of elegance to take in, and that's before the Italian dishes even begin to arrive.
The chef demonstrates his dedication to tradition by recreating classic northern Italian dishes. Entrees range from the deceptively simple to the decadent, from veal sauteed in homemade pesto to shrimp stuffed with crab, wrapped in prosciutto, and glazed in white wine sauce. But it's the small touches that lift meals to an even more memorable place, like a sprinkling of savory truffle oil or fresh basil.
Paisano’s is unstoppable. In the 40 years since opening its first Virginia pizzeria, the chain has grown to more than 15 Virginia and Maryland locations, with more cropping up each year. The pizza mecca was voted 2012 Best Pizza by WTOP Virginia listeners and credits its success to freshness of ingredients, pizza dough, and its universal motto: "We have something for everyone." The Washington Post reports that the owners drew on their Lebanese and Italian parentage in creating the expansive menu, which includes hearty calzones, subs, and stuffed wraps, and of course, Paisano’s signature pizzas with more than 30 available toppings.
While at Georgetown’s famed Café Milano, Andrea Pace cooked for politicians, actors, singers, and other powerful public figures—the clientele of many chefs’ dreams. But at Villa Mozart, he’s fulfilling his own dream: owning a restaurant. Dishes such as mountain-cheese-stuffed ravioli are still heavily influenced by his time at culinary school in the Italian Alps.
At Argia's, chef Ryan Baldini and proprietors Pragun and Salina Rana strike a balance between serving fine northern Italian cuisine and fostering a laid-back dining atmosphere. Many of Ryan's dishes, such as his grilled beef tenderloin and range of handmade pastas, come in solo portions or shareable famiglia servings that sate larger parties. For a taste of the kitchen's signature dish, guests can pry open a Prince Edward Island mussel—shipped to the restaurant daily—and sop up its juices with housemade bread still warm from the oven or a pet sea sponge in need of a soak. Outside, the clinking of wineglasses rings out across a patio enclosed by fragrant herbs; inside, a rustic Sienese-style mural matched with eye-catching frescoes conjures an air of the Italian countryside.