Thursday, July 12, 2012

Scugnizzi Arlington

This used to be Buona Vita Restaurant in Arlington, but they recently changed the name to Scugnizzi and the menu to downscale a bit. Where does the funny name come from? It's an Italian term meaning 'street kids', it's used to describe Neapolitan kids. The new menu is fairly extensive and goes from Salads to Neapolitan Pizzas.

It looks like any small family run restaurant that you would find in Italy. Small bar with an enormous espresso machine, nice interior including the wife on the phone speaking Italian.  

What's more Italian than Bolognese, here served with Fettuccine and sprinkled with some Parmesan. Didn't look to be a big portion but it was deceiving, couldn't finish. It was served with a couple of slices of warm bread. The pasta was REALLY al dente, but the sauce was delicious! A bit tart from the tomatoes, meaty from pork and beef and there was some fresh basil mixed in just before serving. Water was nice and cold and you get a bottle left on the table and that's a touch that I really like. 

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  1. We were so sad to hear that Buona Vita was closing. Is Scugnizzi from the same owners, only a new downscaled menu? Some of the menu items look very similar.

  2. I'm glad you were able to have a good experience here... my experience with my wife at this restaurant was terrible! Moderate food, food poisoning, and issues with a Groupon that they refused to accept, leaving us with a massive bill. Definitely would not recommend!