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La Tagliatella to Open April 1

It’s still under construction in Clarendon, but owners of La Tagliatella say the new restaurant will be opening on Monday, April 1.

The European-based Italian restaurant chain has more than 130 locations worldwide, but the Clarendon location — in the former Restaurant 3 space at 2950 Clarendon Blvd — will only be the company’s third U.S. location, after two in the Atlanta area.

“Showcasing traditional Italian recipes made with the highest quality ingredients, La Tagliatella offers guests a relaxed-yet-distinctive atmosphere,” the company said in a press release (after the jump). “La Tagliatella’s signature menu features a variety of authentic dishes including more than 400 pasta and sauce combinations and several unique Napoletano-style pizzas, all created with the finest key ingredients imported from the northern region of Italy.”

After it opens on April 1, La Tagliatella will be serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. It will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

La Tagliatella, the European-based Italian restaurant concept with more than 130 restaurants globally in Europe, Asia and now the U.S., will open its third U.S. location at the intersection of Clarendon Boulevard and North Garfield Street in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Va., on Monday, April 1, 2013. This opening will follow the brand’s first two U.S. openings in Atlanta, Ga., in December 2012 and January 2013.

Showcasing traditional Italian recipes made with the highest quality ingredients, La Tagliatella offers guests a relaxed-yet-distinctive atmosphere. La Tagliatella’s signature menu features a variety of authentic dishes including more than 400 pasta and sauce combinations and several unique Napoletano-style pizzas, all created with the finest key ingredients imported from the northern region of Italy.

“We’re thrilled to bring this popular Italian concept to Clarendon. This thriving neighborhood is the perfect location for our mid-Atlantic debut in the United States,” said Mike Muldoon, president of La Tagliatella, LLC. “Europeans have been enjoying the unique cuisine, warm hospitality and generosity of La Tagliatella for the past two decades; now the DC area can enjoy them, too.”

La Tagliatella draws inspiration from Italy’s rustic culinary traditions with a menu focused on fresh ingredients and eclectic flavors. The culinary experience begins with antipasti appetizers including traditional creations such as provoletta baked with sautéed zucchini and Sole di Puglia tomatoes; carpaccio di bistecca with beef tenderloin and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano; and tominata, a unique cheese wrapped in speck and dressed with honey and Balsamic vinegar.

Main entrées infuse the genuine tastes of Italy with artisan homemade flavors. Guests can choose from several meat and vegetarian options including spiedino Napoletano with skewered pork tenderloin, Solé di Puglia tomatoes and Balsamic onions layered with fresh whole-leaf basil and served with a special Tagliatella sauce and fried gnocchi; lasagna verde with spinach, sweet tomato, zucchini, raisins and pine nuts; risotto al salame served in a cream sauce with a blend of sausage, seasonal vegetables and pine nuts; and one of La Tagliatella’s signatures which pairs coure di zucca butternut squash-filled pasta with noci e Gorgonzola sauce with walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. The generous servings embody the essence of traditional Italian cuisine and are ideal for sharing among the table.

At center stage of the restaurant is a pizza kitchen where more than 20 unique Napoletano-style pizzas are handcrafted. Guests looking for a traditional Italian pizza can select from a wide array of distinctive offerings such as di pate pizza with foie gras, duck ham, Taleggio cheese and mushrooms topped with a wine-and-caramelized onion reduction, as well as Tagliatella pizza with pesto, onion, red peppers, mushrooms, Taleggio cheese, Tuscan bacon and sautéed spinach. For diners with more adventurous tastes, unique selections including the bold salume pizza with tomato, mozzarella and chorizo dressed with a fresh-cracked egg and oregano are sure to please. All of La Tagliatella’s pizzas are created with fresh dough handmade each day and baked to perfection, creating a thin, crispy and light pizza crust.

A welcome addition to Clarendon’s happy hour and late night scene, La Tagliatella offers a variety of Italian-inspired cocktails making it the perfect place to end the workday or enjoy the weekend. Specialty cocktail selections include “caprese martini” with Square One basil vodka, tomato, lemon, basil, and mozzarella; “mulo Siciliano” with Ketel One vodka, blood orange juice, fresh lime and Barritts ginger beer; and the cabernet sauvignon blended “sangria Emilia” with blood orange syrup, pineapple juice, brandy and fresh blackberries. La Tagliatella will also offer 50 selections of wine by the bottle and glass as well as several bottled and draft beers.

Popular among European diners, the décor at La Tagliatella restaurants in Europe exemplifies a setting in Italy with heavily wooded walls, ceilings and floors to mimic a northern Italian home. For the U.S. locations of the concept, acclaimed Atlanta design firm ai3 assisted European designers of DecoRetro to create a special ambiance with a rich tapestry of textures, colors and patterns. This authentic style mirrors the Old World culture and traditions, transporting guests to a real and true experience of European dining. In addition, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on La Tagliatella’s covered and open-air patios.

La Tagliatella will be located at 2950 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Va., 22201 and will serve lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. La Tagliatella can be reached at 571.257.4600. For more information, please visit www.latagliatella.us or www.facebook.com/latagliatellaclarendon.

La Tagliatella is Europe’s premier Italian dining destination, serving artfully crafted combinations of pasta and sauces and more than 20 Napoletano-style pizzas made with key ingredients imported from the northern regions of Italy. First opened in 1991 and operated in the U.S. by the U.S. Division of AmRest LLC, La Tagliatella and has grown to more than 130 restaurants globally in Europe, Asia and the U.S. For more information, please visit www.latagliatella.us.

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