Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of upscale Italian fare and drink at Extra Virgin in Arlington.
Executive chef Paul Anthony Fario helms the kitchen at Extra Virgin, which appeases appetites with a menu of creative, sophisticated dishes sporting traditional Italian flavors. Start your edible odyssey with the 2-D temptations of a flat meatball slider sandwiched by grilled sourdough ($9), or cheer up a pouting palate with the grumpy gastronomy of angry mussels, which are partnered with pancetta, garlic, and crushed chilis ($10). A variety of hand-tossed pizzas presents pie partakers with options ranging from a tomato-sauced creation topped with fresh mozzarella, artichokes, ham, and olives ($14) to an unconventional concoction of mozzarella, pancetta, lettuce, tomato, and parmesan dressing ($15), all baked in a brick oven kept at a steamy 600 degrees, the temperature required to smelt raw pizza dough into crust. Noodle noshers can peruse pastas such as butternut-squash agnolotti ($16), carnivores can turf up on rack of lamb ($30), and rescued castaways can relive their extended vacations with nautical numbers such as sesame-crusted cod ($19). Lunch and brunch menus draw upon the dinner menu while adding a selection of sandwiches and other daytime dishes celebrating humanity’s sunlit reprieve from vampires.
Extra Virgin’s encyclopedic wine list provides quaffable complements to further enhance the restaurant’s choice chewables. Rich colors, dramatic lighting, and an olive-oil theme in the décor ensconce eaters in an atmosphere of comfortable chic, and free live jazz Thursdays through Saturdays provides a savory serenade of four-star ear food. News about upcoming melodeers, as well as special offers and events, can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Zagat gives Extra Virgin a 17 for its food and décor and a 19 for its service. OpenTable reviewers give it a four-star average, and nine TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Yelpers give it a three-star average:
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4053 Campbell Ave.
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