4251 S. Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
CUISINE Cafe, International, Vegetarian/Vegan
PRICE $$ ($13-$20)
HOURS Open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily, weekend brunch.
NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2008
Best Bargain Restaurant 2012
NEARBY METRO None
By Warren Rojas
The ginormous vegan calzone ($12.65) brings a half-moon filled with peppers, onions, tomatoes, sliced portabellos, vegan cheese and semi-spicy vegetable pepperoni, all accompanied by a roasted-tomato marinara. Lounge a bit longer whilst nibbling on a spicy carrot cake ($4.95) propped up by ample cinnamon and ginger flavors, cream cheese frosting, shaved carrots and sweet berry squiggles.
Pesto Lasagna(March 2012)
By Warren Rojas
Scene: The lone NoVA outpost of owner Andy Shallal’s District-based hospitality empire remains loyal to the advancement of civil disobedience and aesthetic appreciation that informs his personal philosophy, uniting free expressions of poetry, music and epicurean indulgence beneath the banner of refined counterculture. The pesto lasagna, for instance, allows the kitchen to buck tradition by eschewing animal flesh, but cedes nothing in terms of dairy-derived deliciousness, sealing together strata after strata of spinach-flavored noodles, sultry sauteed Swiss chard and meaty bits of sliced mushroom layered with chunky-style ricotta and molten mozzarella. The garden-minded meal is then finished with a pesto-cream reduction powered by fragrant basil, grated Parmesan, pulverized pine nuts, striking black pepper and nutty olive oil. Toast points of garlic bread facilitate swiping up every last drop.