Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant Bar & Grill, a family operation established in 1988, proudly offers freshly made to order Northern Italian dishes that let you experience the authentic taste of traditional Italian cuisine. Tutto Bene is conveniently located in the heart of Arlington, minutes away from Washington DC, and only two blocks from the Ballston metro station.
In addition to its regular Italian fare, Tutto Bene offers also a Bolivian menu on Saturdays and Sundays that includes delicious salteñas filled with a zesty chicken or beef stew; sopa de mani (a rich peanut soup); chorizo with oiled rice and a good salad; and Aji de Lengua (Beef tongue in a cayenne yellow pepper sauce).
Tutto Bene was renovated in October of 2000, and now includes spacious banquet facilities designed to meet all your needs. The new dining room is exquisitely decorated with burgundy walls, spectacular white Italian columns, French windows and a hand carved Mahogany wood bar, perfect for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, family reunions, and business gatherings. A wonderful conference room is also available to accommodate smaller private parties.
Months ago, a friend and I were picking at our meals in a fancy but uninspired restaurant when our conversation drifted to vacations yet to be taken and the hope of exploring someplace truly different. "Iceland," I said, starting my wish list. "How about Bolivia?" my pal continued.
Evenings, the place could pass for Little Italy USA, with an old-fashioned menu of very nice pizza, thinly cut veal splashed with marsala and the occasional live opera performance. At a time when every other Italian dining room glows Tuscan yellow, this one looks back, seemingly decades, with dark red walls and paintings of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Roman Colosseum.
Where can you get a three-star experience at one-star prices? Here's what you do: go for lunch on the weekends, and ask for the Bolivian menu. It's a modest document, but nearly everything on it is rewarding -- especially the superb salteñas (slightly sweet football-shaped turnovers that are baked every morning to a pie crust-doneness and stuffed with a zesty chicken or beef stew)...
Parking:Private Parking Lot, Street Parking
Average Price ( Per Person ):Under $20
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar, Specialty: Wines
Cuisine:Italian, Latin American
Credit Cards:Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express