My husband and I have one of those Entertainment Books for the DC/NOVA area and flipped through last night to find a new place to try out. We ended up at a little Italian joint called Hector's Place (used to be called Il Porto or something like that) on Mt. Vernon Ave. in the Calvert Shopping Center in Del Ray. This is the same shopping center as where the Del Merie Grille is located.
So, now that you've got the background, wanted to let everyone know this was a really good meal. The prices were incredibly inexpensive for the food quality and portion size. I had the spinach and cheese manicotti. It was clearly handmade manicotti, stuffed very full of a spinach and cheese mixture and topped with a very nice tomato sauce that had chunks of fresh tomato in it. My husband had meat ravioli topped with a cream sauce. Both entrees came with a very nice house salad that was served first with fresh (WARM) bread. The atmosphere was so-so, service was excellent.
Our check (after our coupon) was $17.80! Of course, that was a free entree because of the coupon! However, the entrees were less than $12 pp and included the salad. We will definitely return.
Anyone in that area should try them out. Also saw they have a weeknight special (Monday through Wednesday I think) of dinner for two with wine for $26 per couple. Another very good deal.