Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane-fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body-motor without luring pests with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of rustic Italian cuisine at Pines of Florence, with three locations in Arlington, Alexandria, and Ashburn. The eateries specialize in rich, rustic fare, specialty pizzas, and a romantic ambiance.
Preheat your appetite with fried calamari ($6.95) or peppers ($6.95) before moving on to Pines of Florence's hearty, homemade pasta ($9.95–$11.95 on average, depending on location). Slurp fettuccine alfredo, chunky noodles liberally globbed with thick, buttery cream sauce, or wrap mouth muscles around cheesy manicotti. Vegetarians can spear noodly gnocchi splashed in marinara or vegetarian lasagna. Pines of Florence also offers pizzas (starting at $6–$7 for a small), sub sandwiches ($7.95), and classic chicken, veal, and seafood dishes. For dessert, fork through cannoli ($3.95–$4.95), or a slice of tiramisu ($4.95–$5.95). A cozy, romantic dining room coupled with attentive service makes Pines of Florence more comforting than sipping warm milk while drifting off to sleep in a beanbag stuffed with memories.
Yelpers give Pines of Florence in Arlington a three-star average and five TripAdvisors offer an average of 3.5 owl eyes. Six Yahoo! Locals give the Alexandria location a 4.5-star average, and 79% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- It's a hidden gem - walk in and get a LOT of food for a small price. I see a lot of the same people there when I go. So return customers is a good thing. I always have the eggplant parmesan. A creature of habit - the food is always good. – Cosmos, Urbanspoon
- Pines of Florence has the best baked ziti around! The atmosphere is quiet, cozy and simple. The staff is very friendly and the prices are very reasonable for the portions they serve. – Karen W., Yelp
There's something unmistakably Italian about Toscana Grill. Maybe it's the white marble and ebony wood accents in the dining room, or maybe it's the hospitality with which the servers greet each guest. In all likelihood, it's probably both of these things—plus a menu of northern Italian dishes crafted with local produce and herbs.
All of the traditional favorites are here, including eggplant parmigiana, spinach ravioli alfredo, and chicken marsala with mushrooms. But it's not all classics. There are also plenty of genre-bending pizzas, such as one topped with shrimp, white-wine sauce, butter, and garlic. A bottle of wine from the bar makes a perfect companion to any meal, especially if you dress it up like a person and pretend that it can talk.