The newly opened pizzeria side of Assaggi Osteria is now serving an array of Neapolitan pies and small dishes in McLean, Virginia.
Assaggi Osteria Pizzeria, the new 45-seat addition to the established Italian eatery (6641 Old Dominion Drive), sits where the restaurant’s main private dining room used to be. Pizzas are certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana and baked in the restaurant’s new stone oven.
One core offering is a traditional margherita made with fresh tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil. Additional menu items include meatballs, Italian cold cuts, and bruschetta with chicken livers, capers, parsley, and pancetta. The dozen pies on the menu can be topped with sausage, olives, burrata, prosciutto, and more. Italian wines mostly hail from central and southern Italy. The restaurant, owned by Cafe Milano alum Domenico Cornacchia, debuted in the McLean Square shopping center in 2009 and underwent a months-long renovation in early 2017.
The chef’s fine dining section of the modern eatery, which reopened last summer, features appetizers, big salads, pastas made on site, and seafood and veal dishes. The pizzeria addition that debuted April 12 will soon open a patio with 16 seats. A small bar and two TVs round out the casual sister space.
Assaggi Pizzeria is projected to operate from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. No reservations are taken at the pizzeria.
Status: Certified open. 6641 Old Dominion Drive; website.
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