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Bebo in Crystal City--first impressions

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Bebo in Crystal City--first impressions

LindaMc | Oct 23, 2006 12:04 PM

Had dinner at Roberto Donna's new place in Crystal City, Bebo, on Saturday night. It just opened last Thursday.

I had understood that it was going to be more casual and down-home than Galileo, but the space was pretty large and more formal-looking than I had expected. Prices, though, were very reasonable--under $20, often well under, for most main courses, salads in the single digits, side dishes for $3.

There were a few glitches in the service, not unexpected for the third night, but the food was superb. I had the Ceasar salad and fried rabbit with artichokes and scallions. Both were absolutely delicious--great anchovy flavor and parmesan with the salad, and the rabbit and veg were perfectly fried and not at all greasy. I was skeptical of the orange mayonnaise that came on the side, but it was terrific. A side order of polenta was excellent. My husband had a salad of roasted tomatoes and mozzarella, which was also delicious, and pasta with a ragu made of pork ribs, great hearty long-cooked flavor. There are good wines by the glass, also very reasonable. I had a very tasty Barbera for $7/glass; the waiter had recommended it and it was perfect for my meal.

For dessert we shared a hazelnut cake with hazelnut ice cream and caramel sauce. The presentation was not great as the cake was very crumbly, almost like a shortbread, but we didn't care because it tasted so good.

Chowhounds in the vicinity should definitely check this out.

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