NoVa News: Wine Deal; La Promessa Opens

For the happy hour goer with champagne taste, Legal Sea Foods at Tysons Galleria has a deal for you. On Monday, the restaurant will launch a "Fine Wine Hour," featuring high-end wines for $9.95 a glass. The deal will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

If you bother to do the math, just under $10 a glass is a steal for many of the featured labels, including Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Tuesdays) and Far Niente Chardonnay 2005 (Mondays), that retail for as much as $70.

In other Virginia news, a new family-friendly Italian restaurant, La Promessa, has opened at 7630 Lee Highway in Falls Church.

Owner Charli Lucier is offering a menu of northern and southern Italian cuisine, such as ossobuco, vongole rapini and roast chicken basted in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sage. Entrees fall in the $10-$20 range. For the little ones, there's fried mozzarella, minestrone and pasta with butter and grated Parmesan cheese.


Anonymous said...

Good stuff ... highly recommended!

Anonymous said...

I went with a friend to try La Promessa tonight and it was AWFUL!

We got to the restaurant at 6:45pm, yet found out later that they didn't have half the things on their menu. They didn't take our orders for 25 minutes, and when they did the waiter had no idea what wines they had when my friend asked. Turned out the waiter didn't know which ones were white and which were red!

THEN when the food came, on my plate was a piece of meat and 5 asparagus spears. The menu said the steak would be over mashed potatoes with vegetables. He took the plate back (the waiter was unfamiliar with the menu) and came back saying there was no masked potatoes tonight - as there had been no lamb dishes or chops, which we found out when we ordered.

He came back with dried out red potatoes which were COLD to the touch! with three pats of butter next to them, and he left. I got him back and he took the plate back to heat the potatoes so they were semi-edible.

My meal cost $20 and was HORRIBLE and when my friend said they wouldn't be in business long, this clueless waiter said she was wrong and on weekend nights they were busy. When we left at 8:30 (yes, it took that long!) there was only one other occupied table. There were 5 tables with people when we got there.

Too pricey, TERRIBLE service, and the kitchen hasn't read their menu.

Anonymous said...

I and three friends went to La Promessa tonight, a new Italian Restaurant in Falls Church. We ordered the Lamb,which was excellent. My friends had the Angel Hair Pasta with seafood and the Chicken Marsala. I sampled both, they were delightful.

The wait staff was very attentive and we ordered a bottle of Marlot. The atmosphere was relaxing and everyone was very friendly and attentive. The dessert, a large piece of chocolate cake with shaved white chocolate icing was presented on a large plate drizzled with chocolate and tasted as good as it looked.

We will definately return for another night of relaxation and good food.

Anonymous said...

Saturday night I took my family for dinner at La Promessa .. My parents, wife, and a baby girl. We sat at the round table in the back of the restaurant as it was big enough for our child to move around and had some privacy. The restaurant had a decent crowd for Saturday evening during the Labor Day weekend.

We had all "Vegetarian" so we started with the Bruschetta de Pomodora which was probably the best we have had in a while. We ordered Eggplant Parmesan, Meatless Lasagna, Spaghetti with Pomodoro sauce and another Angel Hair pasta with Marinara sauce. Everything was excellent as all the plates were wiped out completely.

Then came time for desert and we certainly didn't hold back. The "Mama's Chocolate Cake" and Berries with Cream were ordered and again we were very satisfied.

Highly recommended for great food, service, ambiance, location, and the "Mama's Chocolate Cake"!!!!