McLean, VA 22101
Monday| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PMTuesday| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PMWednesday| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PMThursday| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PMFriday| 5:30 PM - 10:30 PMSaturday| 5:30 PM - 10:30 PMSunday| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
- Meal Times Served Lunch, Dinner
- Parking Availability Parking on Site
- Attire Casual, No Jeans
- Atmosphere Romantic, Outdoor Dining
- Amenities Private Party Room
- Special Needs Non Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
- Bar Full Bar, Beer, Wines
- Banquet Facilities 20 - 50 People
- Reservation Information Not Required
- Payment Methods
The menu of this pleasing Italian restaurant--the name means Cafe Today--includes two essays on the food and culture of Sicily. But while the owner of Cafe Oggi is Sicilian, the chef isn't--he's from Naples, and his cooking reflects the mainland of Italy rather than the island to its south. An appetizer of Carpaccio of beef is almost translucent in its thinness and paired with a mixture of greens and Parmesan cheese. Fried zucchini and artichokes are lightly battered, cooked to a light crispness, and served with a vibrantly fresh tomato sauce. Mussels are steamed in an intense white-wine sauce with plenty of garlic and shreds of parsley and basil. Pastas are all cooked each to a perfect al dente: the rigatoni with eggplant and dried ricotta; veal-filled cannelloni with spinach; angel-hair pasta with a vibrantly fresh tomato sauce; and meat tortellini with an invigorating mushroom-cream sauce. The list of main courses is short- just eight, supplemented by two or three daily specials. Seafood is done well. Good choices are broiled Canadian black pearl salmon with tomatoes and olives in olive oil; medallions of swordfish with small olives, garlic, and basil; a subtle mixed seafood of scallops, shrimp, calamari, and fish steamed in a parchment bag; and fresh trout. Great meat dishes include calf's liver with capers and onions in a brown sauce; Vitello Giudea with artichokes in a white wine sauce; and thick and tender Osso Buco accompanied by risotto mixed with diced mixed vegetables, most predominately carrots, that added a hint of sweetness. Two highlights of the restaurant are the house-made Italian bread and the espresso.
- Chef's Bio
- Chef Pasquale Esposito brings many years of experience in Restaurant business. Born in Naples and emigrated to Virginia at a very young age , Pasquale has worked with few chefs before joining his father's Restaurant in Alexandria. Virginia when he was just 20years old. At 17 years now with Cafe Oggi are reflected in his recipes and the dishes he has introduced to the selected audience of McLean. His motto: Use the best products to get the best results.
- Best Known For
- Authentic Italian Cuisine.
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