Very excited to tell you guys about the new North Italia at Tyson’s Corner. This is kind of embarrassing, but I had no idea they were a chain until the manager on duty told me about the 20+ locations they had across the country…which included a restaurant in DC and Reston, VA. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because how often does a chain blow you away? Well, I left thoroughly impressed so joke’s on me.
I went for brunch a few weeks ago, and I had a great experience so I’m definitely planning on going back for dinner. I started my meal off with an order of their lemon donuts ($5) and white truffle garlic bread ($13.50).
Everything’s made to order so it takes a bit of time to get your food, but trust me when I say it’s worth the wait. The donuts were as fresh as can be, and they were stuffed with cream and served in a delightful lemon sauce.
The garlic bread appetizer was massive, and it came with a giant dollop of house made ricotta which was a serious plus. Not only is this great for the ‘gram, it’s a lovely way to kick off any meal, and you could easily share it with 2-3 people.
For your main, I recommend their funghi pizza ($16), their burrata tortelloni ($18) or their bolognese ($20). This particular pie was topped with roasted mushroom, cipollini onion and smoked mozzarella. It was a very flavorful thin pizza with a heavily herbed crust – definitely one of the better pizzas I’ve had in the DMV so give it a go. FYI, they have gluten-free crusts as well.
You honestly can’t go wrong with any of their fresh pasta, but I especially loved their tortelloni. Stuffed with burrata and served in a rustic marinara with cherry tomato, basil, and pecorino, the texture was out of this world. Do yourself a solid and get this either for yourself or an order for the table to share. And I don’t know what they do to their pasta, but it’s just as good reheated the next day. Straight sorcery.
Their bolognese is apparently their house specialty, and it’s tagliatelle in a traditional meat sauce with grated grana padano. It apparently takes them 5 hours to make this sauce, but they do it daily because fresh is best. Agreed, North Italia, Agreed. Now, it’s not the best bolognese I’ve ever had, but it’s tasty AF. Now, the tortelloni on the other hand? Ranks high up on my list.
You may be carbed out at this point, but order dessert anyway because what’s a meal without dessert? Both their spiced orange pistachio cake and tiramisu were delicious, but I liked the latter slightly more. Don’t sleep on their bombolini either! Go with a group of friends so you can get some to share.
Alright Nomsters, I hope you enjoyed my latest post on North Italia. If you’re craving Italian food in Northern Virginia, you know where to go. Let me know what you think of their noms if/when you visit, and comment below with your favorite Italian Place in NoVa. For more on the best restaurants in Virginia, make sure to browse this tab and stay tuned for more. Until next time, friends!