Eat to the Beat
Pass the usual beach eats, and you'll discover the city's treasure of fine restaurants. Try our picks for places with excellent food, great service, and laid-back atmospheres.
Aldo's Ristorante serves the best Italian food in the area, and, to my surprise, offers the best entertainment. The food lures me in, and the music keeps me wanting more. Share a hot, crusty pizza from the wood-burning brick oven as an appetizer. My favorite is the pesto-and-fresh tomato pizza with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and red onion slices. Robbin King serenades dinner guests with a combination of smooth jazz and popular soft rock. He's at the grand piano Tuesday through Saturday nights.
For a pasta entrée, I suggest the Penne Mare E Monti (shrimp and chicken sautéed with a brandy-tomato cream sauce and fresh basil) or Tortellini Emiliane (Marsala cream sauce, meat-filled tortellini, prosciutto, and sautéed shallots topped with rosemary and sage). Half orders of pasta are available for half price plus $1.75.
I also enjoyed the combination of veal, spinach, and mozzarella cheese in Costalet Ripiena. Check out this great deal: Most entrées may be split for an additional charge of just $1.75. 1860 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach; (757) 491-1111. Entrées: $7.99-$25.99.