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La Favola Handcrafted Italian Cuisine serves delicious and authentic Northern Italian pasta, pizzas, and more in a sleek and friendly space in Fairfax Virginia. A great location and free parking in the Halstead Square complex make the restaurant an easy destination for a date night, family meal, or after-work get together.
We were invited to sample a tasting menu at this new dining spot to share our thoughts with the Fun in Fairfax VA network. The dishes described and photographed here are available in full portions on the regular menu.
Sampling the La Favola Menu
Our five course tasting menu offered a nice overview of signature dishes and favorites. Each course was served in portions smaller than the regular menu options, and four courses were paired with wine.
Neapolitan-style, hand tossed pizza is a specialty at La Favola. Our Maragarita Pizza highlighted the quality dough and cheese without smothering the dish in competing flavors. The pizza crust has a nice crisp bite, and we love how it extends onto the handle of the dish of this Kid’s Menu portion.
The Caprese appetizer is a beautiful, bright bite that we would order on every visit. The combination of buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato, and fresh basil drizzled with balsamic and virgin olive oil makes a perfect starter (normally served 4 to a plate).
Lobster ravioli always tempts, but can disappoint when lobster flavor is overwhelmed by sauce. Not the case at La Favola. The lobster flavor was clear and nicely married with a pink vodka sauce and fresh parmesan on arugula.
Tagliatelli alla Bolognese
How can you go wrong with house made tagliatelle topped with Mama’s bolognese? At La Favola, the dish delivers homey flavors that recalled our last visit to Italy.
I generally avoid gorgonzola because the flavor is so rich, but this serving of penne changed my mind. The brandy cream sauce with gorgonzola and speck was still very rich, but oh so delicious. Our smaller portion size was ideal, and a full dish would be perfect to split as a first course.
After four courses of delicious dishes it would be sensible to skip dessert. But we happily found a little more room for the tiramisu at La Favola. The dish is rich and satisfying, and the clever, cocoa-outlined fork is a nice touch.
Four of our courses were expertly paired with wine: a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic Pinot Grigio Ista, an herbaceous Chianti Classico, and a spiced Roma. We were happy to let La Favola choose the wines, and each pairing worked well with the dishes.
About La Favola Handcrafted Italian Cuisine
Owner Jawad Laouaouda (who also owns Bon Vivant in Del Ray) and Chef Marco Tellaci are committed to serving authentic, handcrafted cuisine. They use quality, non-GMO ingredients that are locally sourced when possible. Vegetables, dairy, eggs, and 100% grass-fed, free-range meats come from local farms like Ayrshire. Other ingredients, like flour, are shipped from Italy to ensure they are 100% non-GMO. Both pasta and pizzas are available gluten-free.
The space at La Favola is large and sleek. The front room houses a bar and a long communal table with a view of the open kitchen. An adjoining room is a mix of tables and booths. Noise could become an issue when the rooms are full, but it was not a problem during our visit.
There are also outdoor tables that will likely be very popular during the warmer months. Every course we sampled during our meal was delicious, and we look forward to a return visit to try more of the pizza and pasta dishes.
La Favola’s Fairfax restaurant is in the Halstead Square apartment complex, a short walk from the Dunn-Loring metro station and close to Mosaic District. The combination of metro access and free parking make it ideal for an after work meet-up. The restaurant is currently open for dinner only, follow the links below for hours.
La Favola hosted our meal. As always, all opinions, text, and photos are our own.