Tysons has exploded in ways I never imagined since I worked there in 2013. It feels like a futuristic mini-city with innovative building design and a growing variety of food options. I would have never pictured it if you asked me years ago.
In the middle of it all, The Boro stands out as a unique mixed-use development home to apartments, office space, a variety of restaurants, and a Whole Foods. It’s easily walkable with all your options for shopping and dining visible from all angles. It is an inviting neighborhood in the middle of bustling Tysons.
On Wednesday, February 5, The Boro welcomed North Italia to the family of restaurants in the neighborhood. North Italia is already loved in its locations across California, Arizona, Texas, and more. You may have already tried them in Reston or DC near George Washington University.
We were very excited to join them opening night for dinner to try out the new menu.
Apps and Drinks
First up, North Italia offers an excellent bar with creative cocktails. We tried the Milano Mule and the Rosemary and Lime. Both had colorful presentation and a refreshing taste. While you don’t want to miss trying at least one of these cocktails, be sure to take advantage of their happy hour. Monday – Friday from 3 to 6pm, find discounts on house red and white wine, sangria, and all beers.
You could easily make a meal out of the extensive appetizer list. The restaurant offers a variety of options that includes mussels, calamari, white truffle garlic bread, prosciutto bruschetta, and more. First, we decided on the Italian meatballs. This savory dish to start the meal stood out because it featured both red and white sauce. Plus, I can never resist cauliflower served with an egg. This dish featured a creamy mix of spices and lemon that brighten the flavors of the dish.
The Main Event
The menu features a variety of pizzas, pasta, and full-sized entrees. You’ll find classics you already love like the margarita and the pig (meat lovers) pizza plus pasta like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and pesto, and house space bolognese.
We decided to branch out a bit and try some more unique options include the prosciutto pizza and short rib pasta. The prosciutto pizza featured figs, creamy goat cheese, and arugula.
We don’t normally see pasta topped with red meat but this short rib melted in our mouth and added a unique texture to the creamy pasta.
North Italia is in a walkable area of Tyson’s Corner near the Greensboro metro. It shares space in The Boro with Whole Foods and other restaurants at a variety of price points including Fish Taco.
Brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour
1651 Boro Place
McLean, VA 22102