4394 Kevin Walker Drive
Dumfries, VA 22025
CUISINE Greek/Mediterranean, Italian
PRICE $$ ($13-$20)
HOURS Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday.
NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2006
NEARBY METRO None
By Warren Rojas
For a taste of Mount Olive down in Montclair, one need only take a trip to Giorgio's Family Restaurant, a cozy retreat alongside Route 234.
With a staunch appreciation for Greek cuisine and staff that really do make you feel like part of the family, each meal feels like a homecoming.
An order of saganaki ($7.99) produces a block of Kaseri-a salty sheep's milk cheese-which gets doused in brandy, lit on fire and extinguished with a freshly-squeezed lemon (the bubbling cheese goes perfectly with the warm triangles of pita provided). The enticing avgolemono ($3.99), a traditional chicken-lemon-rice soup, proves to be a nearly perfect, year-round comfort food.
Giorgio's "famous" Greek sub brings slices of seasoned pork intermingled with onions, tomatoes, lettuce, feta and a creamy tzatziki sauce, all served on a toasted sub roll (the sandwich virtually bleeds oil). Somewhat lighter but no less satisfying is the Aegean seafood salad ($12.99), which scatters plump scallops, juicy shrimp and sautéed calamari across a sea of chilled Romaine lettuce, black olives, blocks of feta and onions.