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ZA revisited

rlh | Mar 9, 2006 01:09 PM

Dinner at Za in East Arlington last night was a real pleasure. It was packed at 8:30p but turning over efficiently without anyone seeming rushed. The service was particularly warm and welcoming -- even more so than we remembered in recent past visits. The food continues to be solidly good (and reasonable), but not particularly memorable (it's salad and pizza, after all!).

The (special? experimental?) garlicky white bean salad didn't have as much flavor (though we liked our addition of salt and red chile flakes) as we wanted given ts long list of tasty-sounding, mostly Italian ingredients (Parmesan, roasted peppers, basil buds, etc.), but we finished it off anyway. Other salads there have been truly outstanding -- this one was simply OK -- it needs work if it's going to stay on the menu for long or repeat as a special.

Both pizzas were perfectly cooked and the sauce/toppings (bacon, sausage, carmelized onions, roasted garlic) delicious, but the otherwise tasty crust seemed thicker than on past visits and we'd prefer a return to the thinner, crispier version. We took home over half of one pizza for another meal.

The rosemary creme brulee for dessert (a first for us here) was huge (in a pretty deep dish) and intensely-flavored variation -- a great ending easily shared by at least two. This was a memorable flavor experience!

Their glasses of wine continue to be good and reasonably-priced ($4-$7)as well.

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