Being from New England originally, one of the things that I miss most living in the D.C. area is great New York-style pizza. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had pretty much resigned myself to living without it. Then one of my co-workers mentioned a place in Arlington called The Italian Store. She changed my world.
The Italian Store was founded in 1980 by the Tramonte family. Vincent Tramonte came to Virginia as a transplanted lawyer from New York City in the 1940′s. The son of Italian immigrants, he noticed the lack of good New York-style Italian food in Virginia as well as the great demand for it from other transplanted Northeasterners. Tramonte hatched a plan to open an Italian grocery, sub shop, and pizza parlour. The Italian Store was born a few years later based on that original business plan.
The plan has been a resounding success. The pizza is delicious and can be bought by the pie or by the slice. The ingredients are quality and the crust is thin. The subs are as close to New York as you will find in Northern Virginia, made with Italian meats and hard or soft Italian rolls. Better yet, The Italian Store has a large selection of Italian groceries and . . . wait for it . . . wine! The Store is filled with a wide variety of Italian red and whites. This place really does have all of the ingredients for a perfect dinner.