Dino's Grill is on McLean right by Cafe Eclectic, Snowden School, and the mini-mart where we like to stop for snacks to counteract our walks around the neighborhood. What you need to know about Dino's is that this is not fancy Italian. Rather it is what you might expect someone's Italian grandmother to cook at their house for dinner. The decor is World War II themed (and has been the same since I started going there) because the owner Rudy's father (Dino, who started the restaurant), was a war vet. The place isn't exactly clean or kept up, but that is part of the charm. The same people have worked there for forever.
Dino's has beer but not wine so you can bring your own bottle. So we started off our Italian feast with a little Italian wine, courtesy of my dad.
When it came time to order, we got a toasted ravioli appetizer (they hand make their raviolis and the toasted raviolis have a spinach stuffing) and then I got the chicken alfredo pasta. Know this - their portion sizes are huge. You will have leftovers. I love the chicken alfredo because the grilled chicken on top is so delicious.
Jake got the tamales-three-way. It is a serious dinner with a lot of food.
A lot of times if I am not too hungry, I order a child's portion of spaghetti and even that is a lot of food - an expert tip for you.
And dessert. We had to get dessert. I had never actually tried their tiramisu and I read recently that it is made in house and is wonderful. So we got it and it was. I can't stop thinking about how light and fluffy it was. Everyone agreed.
Another great thing about Dino's is that it is pretty decently priced, especially for the amount of food. They have a lot of great options on their menu. They also do breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays and an all you can eat spaghetti deal on Thursdays.
So next time you're craving comfort food and you're in Midtown, definitely give Dino's a shot.
In pasta and dessert,