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Restaurant Spotlight: Anthony’s Restaurant

A very pleasant, friendly and amicable environment at Anthony’s Restaurant on West Broad Street in Falls Church makes it a quaint place to have just a nice basic dinner, with a little Italian feeling.spotlight.jpg

Anthony’s has been serving the Falls Church community since 1972.
There are two Anthony’s in the Northern Virginia area. The other, a restaurant and sports bar, located in Manassas, is a little over 10 years old.
When I walked in, I noticed the area that I was walking into seemed to be a place mainly for take out or carry out orders. Then I was led to the dining area by a hostess to a nice table that was right next to one of many oil based paintings hanging by the seats. The one by my seat showed a boat on the shore that was right next to a lighthouse and cliff. The picture made me relax and I really did feel like I was in a real Italian restaurant. The seats themselves weren’t too terribly comfortable, but they managed to be comfortable enough to not be too much of a burden.
There were three different areas in the restaurant that could seat patrons, but one section was dimmer, which led the restaurant to feel even a bit darker. Also, all three televisions in the restaurant were turned on, adding to the kind of informal environment that made the rooms feel very cozy, almost like having a meal at home.
This particular Anthony’s had some very cozy booths, well lit at night to create a comforting ambiance in the restaurant. The lack of sound coming out of the televisions led to no distractions, but it was nice to see something when you looked up, savoring the meal in your mouth.
Starting off with a small order of Garlic Bread ($1.25), I was a little less than impressed, the garlic was barely noticeable and the bread itself certainly didn’t feel like it had come straight from the oven, so it was a little disappointing.
But things picked up when I ordered a 9-inch pizza, the restaurants smallest size, with pepperoni and Italian sausage ($7.85). The pizza was a very positive combination of sauce and toppings. The size of the pizza was large enough to fill someone up, but not large enough to feel as if you completely pigged out once the whole thing was gone. The crust was also favorable, but some sauce to dip the crusts in after eating the whole of the pizza, would have been appreciated.
At the end of the main serving, I ordered a slice of Boston Cream cake ($2.95) for dessert. The chocolate frosting and creamy filling were both delicious, but the cake itself felt a little crumby. At the end of the meal, I figured that I had spent less than $20 for a full solo supper.
Overall, I was satisfied with the spread and I would recommend Anthony’s to anyone who wants a wholesome pizza dinner. The best part of the feast is the value that you get for the generous servings and the service from the staff.

Anthony’s Restaurant
309 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, Va.
Open Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. – midnight, Saturday, 8 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
703-532-0100
www.anthonysrestaurantva.com

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