Jan 26, 2022 - Food and Drink

Restaurant Week Review: Moretti's of Arlington

An order of polenta lasagna at Moretti's of Arlington.

An order of polenta lasagna at Moretti's of Arlington. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

👋 Tyler here. Are the days when decent Italian food meant dimly-lit spaces with a picture of Joe DiMaggio on the wall gone forever?

  • Perhaps so. A trip to Moretti's of Arlington shows an Italian dinner can mean brighter colors and a painting of hefty tomatoes above a fireplace.

What I ate: Our three-course Restaurant Week special started promising with a mound of perfectly-baked bread the size of a shot put.

  • It got even better with a hearty cup of pasta fagioli soup and an order of polenta lasagna, with cornmeal replacing traditional sheets of noodles.
  • This type of meal tastes better the colder the temperature is. It was freezing on Monday.
  • The pezzo di resistenza turned out to be the dessert, a graham cracker cookie topped with a raspberry and cheesecake frosting mixture.

Vibe check: Moretti's is classy enough for a date, but casual enough for a night out with family and friends. My wife and I will be back.

If you go: 2124 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington. Hours for Restaurant Week dishes: 4:30-8pm today and Thursday, 4:30-8:30pm Friday and Saturday. $25 per diner.

Two dessert options on the Moretti's Restaurant Week special menu.
Two dessert options on the Moretti's Restaurant Week special menu. Photo: Tyler Buchanan/Axios
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