Four family members went to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant is serene and lovely. The service attentive but not intrusive. Three of us had fish; one duck. The portions were modest but since we also shared appetizers, we were satisfied. The restaurant surprised us with a complementary tiramisu, which was a fine ending to a special evening
Great experience but a bit pricy
Assaggi is always a great choice and has adapted well to COVID-19 conditions. Food is great, service is excellent. You have your choice ranging from a spectacular variety of pizzas to authentic Italian dishes made for a discerning palate with the best of ingredients--including delicacies such as truffles.
Assaggi's new chef must be right out of Italy; evident from the warm crusty/gooey rustic bread and the apps: carpaccio and the prosciutto & roasted black figs. We must return for the spaghetti with white truffles that's prepared in a hollowed-out wheel of Parma-Reggiano cheese in the dining room.
We went for our 32nd anniversary - we regularly go to Assaggi's for special occasions, and the level of the food and service justify waiting for these occasions. We also focus on the annual truffle season. We had white truffle last time, this time tried black truffle which was good, but not as good as white, so we'll go back to white next time.
Ate out front, which was comfortable (good weather and heater) and safe. They're doing a very good job, pandemic-considered.
Delicious upscale Italian dining in McLean. Service was excellent across the board from hostess to server to busser to management - best service we've had in recent memory. They pay attention to detail and it shows. Outdoor dining with heaters meant we were comfortable and socially distanced.
The white truffle menu was exquisite and the last dish, the dessert, was divine. Try it! It is so unique and diverse - with gold leaf. I wish I had taken a picture too. Their new pastry chef is definitelly a keeper. To get this dessert you need to get the white truffle menu. For a Saturday night date night this is the best place to go. Romantic setting, great cuisine, wonderful staff and service.
Truly beautiful place. The service and warmth impeccable. The food very delicious. Tried the linguine with truffle special. Truly amazing.
We had a reservation at Assagi Osteria to celebrate my 50th birthday and my son’s 12th birthday but we were seated outside of Assagi Pizza even though there were tables in the front.
The res snapper dish did not have that much flavor a was very small. The pasta dishes were much more flavorful.
There was a note on the reservation about celebrating birthday but the hostess or waiter did not acknowledge them.
I use to dine at Assagi several years ago and remembered the food to be better and portions larger.
Pre-COVID-19, we would go to Assagi perhaps once a week. We have not been back until last Saturday for dinner and we are glad that we did. They have a great outdoor dining area and a new menu because of a new chef. We had tuna tartare, roasted vegetable, halibut and filet mignon and each item was excellent. So they have upped their game!!
One thing has not changed, the fabulous service from Alexandra, Lindsey, and Dushan. We’ll be back soon!
Food was delicious! They have a new chef so there were new items on the menu.
Menú chooses needed
Assaggi is a great neighborhood restaurant . The food, ambiance and warmth of welcome will keep me returning .
The food was great, service competent, and atmosphere pleasant.
Lovely patio. Good service.
Amazing dinner! Thank you!
We ate outside in good seating for the pandemic era. We had very good dishes of burrata, pasta with lobster and a wonderful halibut. Paired with a good Ramey chardonnay we had a nice evening. The service was a bit slow at first, but understandable in the covid era where everyone is stretched. We appreciate the effort and we are patient
Awesome - great food and service
Expensive by local standards but well worth it for very good food, generous portions and excellent service
It is always a pleasure to have drinks or dine at Assaggi Osteria. The staff is superb and the food is very good. Fish as well as traditional pastas are always offered. Their outdoor seating is covered and when it gets too warm, they have socially distanced tables inside for a lovely experience.
Went for our daughters birthday as this is her favorite resturant !!
Service is always perfect at Assagi’s !! The food is excellent as is the wine list
Ambiance was a little different as they could only have outside seating — although it was quite warm there was a nice breeze so that worked out OK
Between the four of us we had halibut , lamb chops, orecchiette, and taggitella — everyone loved everything !!
The lamb chops were mediocre at best. The tuna tartare was slightly above average The pasta , the calamari and the cheesecake were outstanding. Service was outstanding and the setting outside was perfect. Expensive, but I knew that going in.
This was my first time eating out again after 10 weeks of lockdown. The terrace was very nice and the service was great. My only complaint was that everything seemed way overpriced (even for the area). The food itself was very good however. The wine was good but also overpriced.
Wonderful setting outside. Great food and service!
Nothing special. We arrived to an empty restaurant and requested to be seated in the adjoining pizza side and were denied.
Delicious seafood and healthy entree and appetizers. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable wait staff. Good service. A great local restaurant.
We are long-standing customers and have always enjoyed both food for being fairly authentic italian as well as chatting with the staff. We stopped going over a year ago as we found the quality of food had declined. Glad to say that the pasta dish was an improvement on the last one and the pizza is very good. If they extended their HH to 7pm we would definitely stop by again.
Food and service are exceptional!
Hi CarloC Thanks . Looking forward to seeing you again soon
This was my 2nd time at the restaurant, first time for my wife. From start to finish, the food was superior. My wife especially loved her scallops main course, and my veal marsala was excellent. We only split a gelato for dessert, but it was very good gelato. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant has an excellent wine list, though more diverse price points might be appreciated (for example, many of the Italian reds are $100 and above).
Hi there Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are glad that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
We have eaten here several times over the past number of years, and we are never disappointed. The hand-made pasta is fantastic, and the sauces are incredible each and every time. Cannot recommend this locals place enough.
Hi there Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are glad that you have been enjoying our hand made pastas for years.
I've had much better meals at this restaurant. It has gone down hill. I was very disappointed. Prices are quite high for the quality level of the food.
Service was friendly and professional. Pasta home made and very good. Seafood stew loaded with seafood.
Hi Patv, Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Always a pleasure to go across the bridge to a McLean for Assaggi. Wish they were back in Bethesda. Fried artichokes and veal ravioli were superb!
Met a friend for dinner there. Great meal - we each ordered the Branzino and then split an order of risotto. The food and service were terrific. Look forward to coming back again soon.
The hostess (a red haired 50 year old woman) provided service akin to a disgruntled teen working at Applebee’s. She started off our night so unpleasantly it was hard to come back from. We came on 2/14/20. Will not return. Terrible representation of the restaurant - she should absolutely be replaced. The pasta sauce lacked salt and the branzino was dry.
I am following up my earlier review of this establishment. The manger Billy asked me to follow up on my comments about the subpar experience I had at the hand of their “seasoned” hostess via email. Upon explanation of my complaint he asked ME to be more understanding of what I perceived was rude and ageist behavior at the hands of their red haired 50+ yr old hostess as she has never had a complaint evidently. I can be understanding when people make HONEST mistakes but not when they are done in malice and are intentional in nature (I was not alone during this experience and my counterpart felt exactly the same way). Alas, I was then asked to REMOVE my review of my experience. My experience has further diminished upon further conversation with “management.” Poorly run establishment. A genuine apology would have sufficed.
--Take Time To be a Kind Human Being-- We are writing in response to your DISCRIMINATING review. No matter how old you are (FYI she is 36 not 50) or how you look,etc.. you are welcome at our restaurant. We can hardly adopt such a value without treating our staff in the same way, can we? Sooo sad you couldn't look past her appearance and her age. Before we kindly asked you if you could remove the review we asked you to tell us how we can make your next visit a memorable experience.
Wasn't familiar with the restaurant before but the food was excellent and the service fantastic.
They didn’t have our reservation but seated us in the pizzeria section which was louder. The wait staff was great.
Seems like quality has declined, and prices increased. $45 for corkage is outrageous.
Everything from the service ( having to ask to order) to the bland taste of the arancini was disappointing. We won’t return due to the many other choices in the area.
First time visit for us at Assaggi Osteria. The food was very good and we enjoyed it. The service on the other hand was rushed, impersonal and our server was plain rude. I cannot imagine ever returning to Assaggi Osteria to dine and spend close to $100 per person considering our disappointing experience at this restaurant.
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