The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for $20 worth of Italian cuisine for lunch or dinner
- $20 for $40 worth of Italian cuisine for dinner
The lunch menu features a grilled chicken panini ($10); gnocchi with pumpkin sauce ($16); and cioppino with mussels, clams, shrimp, and fish ($15). Dinner plates include veal-stuffed ravioli ($17), a black bass fillet ($26), and duck breast with a pumpkin-sage farotto ($26). See the full menus.
At the age of 13, Domenico Cornacchia was already forming dough into pasta by hand, building manual dexterity that would further his ambitions of becoming a chef. He grew up working in restaurants in northern Italy before moving to the United States, where he opened his own trattoria-style eatery, Assaggi Osteria. The restaurant has been lauded by local publications, such as Viva Tysons and Washingtonian magazine.
Chef Domenico Cornacchia’s authentic menu centers on steaks and seafood, as well as house-made pastas and fresh produce garnered from farmers' markets and Amish farms. Hand-painted plates stand out from golden-yellow walls, which flank dark wood trim and rustic chairs, giving the space the European air of an old-country inn. Though the main room seats as many as 70 guests, the tables leave an arm’s length of space between each other, so that conversations flow freely without crashing into each other or causing sitcom-style confusion. In the outdoor area, lush greenery surrounds tables, ensuring that diners won’t be spotted by roving census workers.
What some people are buzzing about:
88% of 942 customers recommend
“Obviously a neighborhood favorite in Mclean with fine service, excellent food with many choices, and nice wine list.”
“Food & service great”
“Great atmosphere as well as amazing food. Owner has always been there to check on us both times I've been there. ”