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Extra Virgin Modern Italian restaurant in Shirlington: Dining Review.

Extra Virgin Modern Italian Restaurant
4053 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA

Photo courtesy of Extra Virgin

Inside dining room

Sunday evening my family met at Extra Virgin, Modern Italian Restaurant in Shirlington, located at 4053 Campbell Ave. Shirlington is a developing area due to the new Harris Teeter and is gaining popularity due to the new Busboys & Poets cafe. It is still quite difficult to get close parking. There is a garage, but most people I don’t think like the walk to the shopping area. No one in my family has been there before except me. I have been to Extra Virgin before for lunch a few months ago when it was still warm enough to sit outside. They have a nice outdoor seating area in front. Inside, the dining room is modern, colorful, and the dining room is quite large, however you can’t tell unless you get up and walk around. The restaurant is partitioned off into several small dining areas. Many tables are situated next to windows, which creates an intimate and cozy feel. and I like that the tables aren’t on top of each other. We sat right in front of the large revolving door, yet it was not cold. I was worried that we were going to be cold while sitting so close to the front door. The winter menu provides a lot of excellent choices, however, I was very disappointed that there was no kids menu. It’s not very kid-friendly establishment.
I ordered the pan seared Rainbow Trout with roasted almonds, served wit mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini and eggplant. The trout was delicious, cooked perfectly and was a nice size portion. The mashed potatoes were fluffy and very good. I tried the Veal Ravioli but did not care for it at all. It tasted like rancid meat. It tasted musty and had an awful aftertaste. I also tried the homemade ribbon pasta with asparagus, and shrimp in a cream sauce. I liked this so much I would consider ordering as my entree when I return. What was most memorable besides the trout was the Insalata della case which is heart of romaine and spinach salad with gorgonzola cheese, kalamata olives, red onion, diced tomato, and raisins. It was absolutely delicious and it really could stand alone as a entree salad.
Everyone enjoyed their meal, perhaps we shall return.
The service was pretty good however it became quite confusing right after we sat down and while we were waiting for other members of our party to arrive. At least four different people came over to the table to talk to us… all of them saying that they would be “taking care of us”.
The restaurant advertises that there is live music nightly, but I don’t think it is on Sundays. There wasn’t anyone performing when we were there.


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