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A La Lucia Defies Expectations For Chef Silvan Kramer

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The DC area is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems that many Washingtonians aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share with us their under-the-radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.

a-la-lucia-250.jpgLooks can be deceiving and an unassuming restaurant can turn out to exceed expectations — or so Café Dupont executive chef Silvan Kramer discovered when friends recommended A La Lucia for an Italian dinner in Alexandria.

"There is this Italian restaurant a few blocks from where I live in Alexandria located on a block with other small businesses and isn't very eye catching. Some of our neighbors surprisingly recommended it to us, A La Lucia.

My wife and I decided to give it a try and were positively surprised. It is a chic but casual Italian restaurant, perfect for a simple, but delicious meal or just to have a glass of wine and some 'Anti Pasti' in the bar area to relax after a day of work. They also have a small outdoor seating for warm weather right on the sidewalk. It really makes you feel like you are in Italy...there's nothing like the comforts of your own neighborhood."

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A La Lucia [Photo: Official Site]

A La Lucia

315 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA