Tuesday, May 02, 2006

'Unwind' in Virginia at Pinzimini
Pin·zi·mi·ni (pin-zuh-MEE-nee): n. diminutive of the word 'pinzimonio,' which describes the Italian dip for vegetables and bread.

Blood Orange Martini
1.5 oz. Orange Vodka
1 oz. Grand Marnier

2 oz. Blood orange puree

1 Candied Orange wheel

Shake with ice, strain into chilled glass. Garnish with orange wheel.

Vanilla Pear Bellini
3/4 oz. vanilla vodka
1 1/2 oz. pear nectar
4 oz. Prosecco

Served in a chilled champagne flute.

Tuscan Mojito
muddled lemon and 8 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. limoncello
3 oz. Prosecco

Muddle lemon and mint leaves in bottom of rocks glass. Add ice, limoncello and prosecco. Garnish with a lime.

Located in the new Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, Pinzimini is an Italian steakhouse with an upscale, yet comfortable, atmosphere. Its open, airy design is a relaxing environment for an after-work meet-up in the increasingly vibrant Ballston neighborhood.

In addition to the tempting libations, featured above, Pinzimini’s happy hour (called 'Unwind’ ) also features selections from their small-plate Antipasti. Thinly sliced Proscuitto, cheeses, olives, grilled vegetables and warm, crusty bread, served along side Pinzimini’s sea salt and herb-infused olive oil, provide an enjoyable nibbly nosh to accompany a much needed end-of-the-day break. Tummy still rumbling? The panini and pizzas are quite delicioso.

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