Italian chefs are celebrated for the comforting nature of their craft, from their tender beds of pasta and warm blankets of sauce to their constant insistence that their diners look too thin. Cuddle up to complimentary cuisine with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of classic Italian fare at Italian Café in Falls Church.
Amidst serene paintings and Tuscan-inspired brick floors, the Italian Café's immaculate white tablecloths cradle a menu of classic Italian pastas, pizzas, and grilled meats. Wrap lonely pasta forks in the gentle embrace of linguini al pesto, a colorful comingling of basil, garlic, cheese, and a touch of cream ($13.95), or help them overcome their heartache over the spoon’s elopement with the dish by drowning their sorrows in a rich tomato-based penne ala vodka ($13.95). Mushrooms mingle with butter and wine to forge a rich brown sauce atop the vitello scallopine ($16.95), while homemade dough showcases freshly made sauces and tempting toppings in an array of fresh pizzas ($8.95–$14.95). Complete the transition from an innie to an outie with a belly-button-bursting dessert, such as italian cream-filled cannoli ($3.75) or multi-hued spumoni ($3.75), or nab an after-dinner cappuccino or espresso to get the energy boost needed to push the car home.
The Italian Cafe
The chefs at The Italian Café put new twists on the familiar flavors of Old World dishes as they craft fresh Italian entrees. While kneading housemade dough to make pizzas, chefs grill 12-ounce portions of Angus steak and simmer calamari rings with mussels to serve over linguine. Behind dark wood tables topped with crisp, white cloths, diners split tiramisu—made of layers of ladyfingers soaked in espresso liqueur topped with sweet mascarpone—while gazing at paintings of gondolas floating down scenic Venetian canals toward rushing waterfalls.