Wine Pairing Dinner,” Emilia Romagna Region”
“Speaker Owner Paolo Casali” /4 courses 5 wines – menu
ITALIAN HAPPY HOUR every day 3pm–7pm, bar only.
Complimentary Wine Tasting - 1st Wednesday of every month.
Private and semi-private room available for all occasions. (no room charge)
Menus in PDF format:
Patrons may choose from the Lunch and Brunch menus on Sundays.
Gift certificates are available! Stop in or call us at (703) 820-1128.
Download our Wine List (PDF)
Nino Pino grew up in Letojanni in Sicily, son of Giovanni and Agatina Pino. His mom continues to be a terrific cook and her sauce is always made of the freshest, home-grown ingredients. Nino got into the hospitality business over 40 years ago, working on cruise ships. He met his wife, Joginder in Singapore and they settled in Northern Virginia 30 years ago. Nino has successfully managed five different restaurants in this area including Primi Piatti, Fellini, Zeffirelli, Palio and Zibbibo 73.
Jim & Margaret Manchisi grew up in Queens, New York. Jim’s father’s parents, Catherine and Francesco Manchisi, came to New York from Bari, Italy in the early 1900’s. Jim & Margaret moved to Virginia in 2006 and met Nino and Joginder at Zeffirelli’s in Herndon, VA. Like many of Nino's patrons, the Manchisi's loved the experience at Nino's restaurants and had many family events there. Jim & Margaret suggested that Nino and Joginder should follow Nino’s dream to run their own restaurant. We all agreed to work to make that possible and we formed a Partnership.
On Friday, April 3rd, Osteria da Nino, Cucina Italiana (translated as Nino’s Tavern, Italian Kitchen) opened here in The Village at Shirlington in Arlington, VA and Nino’s dream became reality. We hope everyone who comes here has a great dining experience and that we will be your Italian Restaurant of choice!
Chi mangia bene, vive bene!
About Our Logo
The logo for Osteria da Nino is adapted from the “Trinacria” at the center of the flag of Sicily. The word Trinacria means triangle and refers to the shape of the island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. The island of Sicily was known as Trinacrium by the Romans, meaning “star with three points.” The Trinacria symbol is the head of Medusa (a gorgon with a head of snakes), surrounded by three bent running legs, and three stalks of wheat. Due to the islands distinct triangular shape, the symbol has also been adopted by the Sicilian government and is located on the center of Sicily's flag.
The three bent running legs represent the three capes of Sicily, Peloro (Messina: North-East), Passero (Syracuse: South), and Lilibeo (Marsala: West), which also creates the three points of the triangle. Native Sicilians, left breathless by the beauty of Sicily’s shores, likened and compared them to those of a women. The three ears of wheat, surrounding the head of Medusa, represent the fertility of the land of Sicily. The center Medusa head in the middle of the Trinacria implies the protection of the island by the goddess Athena, the patron goddess of Sicily.