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Dinner and a Movie

October 17, 2008

Arucola
5534 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington D.C 20015
Nearest Metro: Friendship Heights

The Avalon Theater in Chevy Chase has a pretty cool story.  Not only is it the oldest theater in Washington, it survives solely on fundraising and contributions from the community.  It is a gorgeous theater and despite the fact that I call myself a D.C. native, I had never been. 

The other day I met my mom at the corner of Wisconsin and Western and walked over to the theater for a quick dinner and to see “The Duchess”.  The neighborhood between boasts beautiful houses, and the shops surrounding the theater are very cute. 

We stopped at Arucola for a quick dinner.  The restaurant is adorable and intimate, and since it was a warm evening we chose a cozy table on the patio.  Since we were in a hurry, we only ordered entrees.  Service was super speedy, as we mentioned we were attempting to catch a movie.  In fact, we even had time to walk around and grab hot chocolates from Bread and Chocolate before sneaking them into the movie theater! 

The menu is small but hard to choose from and selections vary daily.  A constant, however, is a wide selection of pizzas and toppings.  I opted for the homemade tagliantelle with veal bolognese and my mom ordered a pizza topped with spinach and ricotta cheese.  Everything was very good, I found my Mom’s pizza to rival some of the restaurants that specialize in serving pizza, (2Amys, Mia’s, etc).  My pasta was also delicious, as I love homemade, fresh pasta, and the serving was generous enough for left overs at work the next day. 

The restaurant is small, and locals seem to flock to it as the night goes on.  If you are planning a trip to the Avalon, I would make a pre or post theater stop here, but make reservations.  We were lucky to get a table without too much wait time since some people found it too cold outside, but the restaurant filled up later in the evening.

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