Hungry for Italian? Fairfax’s Popular Bellissimo Makes a Beautiful Choice

Penne Pasta Entree

Penne for your thoughts: Bellissimo offers a delicious range of Italian victuals. In a rush? The full menu is available for takeout. (dbgg1979 via Flickr)

When I was a kid, the only semi-fancy restaurant I’d ever go to was an Italian place in Edgewood, Md., called Giovanni’s. It was a bit of a drive, but as any spaghetti lover will tell you, it was worth it.

In Fairfax, Va., I’m sure there’s some 14-year-old kid having a similar experience at Bellissimo Restaurant.

Bellissimo is kinda fancy (a bit more than Giovanni’s, judging by the pricing), serves Italian food and, according to the reviews, really knows how to cook its linguine.

It has been feted more than once by Northern Virginia Magazine, and both times its food rated an eight or higher. Just as impressive, it’s currently averaging four stars on For further culinary kudos, check out some patron comments.

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Like I said, Bellissimo can get pricey. A look at the dinner menu shows appetizers running from $9.95 to $11.95, while pastas go for $19.95 to $25.95. Chicken, veal, beef, seafood, they serve it all here. And yes, some of these entrees can get pricier still. If you want cheap, there’s always McDonald’s.

OK, maybe this is date night, like, first-date-impress-her-night, or even anniversary night. The lunch menu is much cheaper, but with a place like this, I think dinner rings truer. This is the type of food you want to savor and possibly supplement with a glass of wine or two.

The restaurant can also host larger events like wedding receptions, and office and holiday parties.

Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and you can have dinner there Monday-Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fairfax-area apartment renters who fancy themselves Italian food connoisseurs should really check out Bellissimo Restaurant.

While you’re there, you may want to stroll around the city’s historic district. After all, you’ll be right in the thick of it. Check out available apartments in the area on Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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