Northern VA magazine 50 Best Restaurants 2011




Nostos’ manouri and spoon sweets

[$$$] Food: 8.3 / Ambience: 8.2 / Service:8.0
8100 Boone Blvd., Vienna; 703-760-0690;
Open for lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday.

Just how popular is newcomer Nostos? Let’s just even say we’ve seen perennial presidential hopefuls relegated to the thin strip of two-tops (better luck next time, Newt) opposite the routinely crowded bar.

Those fortunate enough to snag a seat inside Peter Pagonis’ latest paean to Greek cooking—he also owns Mykonos Grill in Rockville—are greeted by a white-washed paradise punctuated by black and white portraits of life on the
Mediterranean and yawning picture windows that invite the sun in to play.

A word of warning: The printed menu lists all POSSIBLE seafood specials, not what’s necessarily available each day.

Tyrokafteri channels our pimento cheese, folding together crumbled feta, roasted red pepper, onion and plenty of cayenne, into a dangerously delicious spread.

Steely trout arrives awash in a vibrant lemon-herb sauce that clings to each tine.

When in doubt, get the breathtaking sardines (available broiled or fried, as either appetizers or entrees).