February 26, 2008 · 7:00 PM
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For February's monthly dinner, let's go Italian, one of my favorite kinds of food. a la Lucia is located on the outskirts of Old Town and has been named in Washingtonian Magazine's Top 100 Restaurants for two years in a row. The specialize in Southern Italian cooking. Their web-site is
http://www.alalucia.c.... Here's an exerpt from a review: You can make the case that the area doesn?t have many real Italian restaurants, that most are too fancy-dancy for a simple weeknight dinner. Or you can head to this Alexandria restaurant, which is plenty good enough to satisfy your red-sauce and Chianti cravings?and without busting the budget. Don?t come here looking for carpaccio, agnolotti, and whole grilled fishes?northern-Italian staples that are all lightness. This kitchen dishes up the cooking of southern Italy, and the best plates have an earthy heartiness that is all the more winning for being so unfashionable in this age of Italian micro-regionality: rustic soups (including lentil and white bean); a superb cannelloni stuffed with ground veal; thick, ruffled malfadine sauced with a rich veal ragu; and veal stew with soupy, cheesy polenta. All go down easily, especially with a bottle of wine from the affordable list, which is strong on Chiantis and Aglianicos and is put together by owner Michael Nayeri, who also runs the wine shop next door. Please remember to review our cancellation policy which can be found under About This Meetup. Remember please update your RSVP by ten am on the day of the event if you are unable to make it. Thanks very much.