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Argia’s Restaurant Brings GF Italian Cuisine to NOVA

July 11th, 2009 by Brandi

Argia’s Restaurant. If you haven’t yet been, it’s a must visit.

Before a celiac diagnosis sent my gnocchi days packing, the small Italian restaurant on the same block as The State Theater in Falls Church was my favorite. My husband and I visited at least once a month, where I dined on gluttonous (and glutenous) lasagna, traditional spaghetti and meatballs, and the occasional steak with a side of angel hair pasta. Hands down, the only joint to rival Argia’s for its rustic Italian cuisine was Coppi’s Organic on U St.

For the past three years, my visits to Argia’s have been drastically reduced because it was just too hard to resist their pasta dishes. The wait and kitchen staff were always amenable to a GF diet, though, and when I did visit I’d go for one of their signature salads and mussels or their phenomenal eggplant dish – a tower of eggplant, goat cheese and marinara. It really can’t be beat.

When we visited last month on a whim, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they’d added two gluten free pasta dishes to their menu. I’ll admit, it was more than a pleasant surprise. My reaction bordered on euphoric. The server informed us that the chef had decided to introduce gluten free pasta as part of its spring menu and I immediately jumped at the chance to revel in my old food faves. I enjoyed the Fusilli Aromatico – a dish featuring summer’s finest veggies, kalamata olives and gluten free fusilli. While the serving was smaller than my husband’s traditional pasta dish, the experience was well worth it. I think I see more frequent visits to Argia’s in my future. 


I recommend visiting them on a warm Monday evening. You can dine outside on their patio and enjoy 1/2 price bottles of wine. After you’ve gone, let the gluties know what you think – either comment below or Tweet us @dcgluties. 

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