Faccia Luna Trattoria

Italian, Pizza
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Tom Sietsema welcomes this spot's wooden booths and "pretty good" pizzas.
Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm
(Old Town Alexandria)
King Street (Blue and Yellow lines)
703-838-5998
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Editorial Review

Like a relationship, pizza is all about sharing and compromise; few of us eat a whole pie by ourselves, after all, and two people deciding what to put on top sometimes drifts into Unselfish Acts Territory. ("Sure, honey, we can add anchovies tonight.") One of the draws at Old Town's Faccia Luna is the seating. I welcome the wooden booths for two, the backs of which are high enough to prevent your eyes from roving away from your companion's. The pizzas are pretty good, too. Diners can order them "red" (with tomato sauce) or "white" (without) in countless variations and in sizes from 10 inches to 14. I tend to splurge on the Florentine with spinach and ricotta or the Piedmontese with sliced meatballs, basil and sun-dried tomatoes. The kitchen's wood-fired oven makes for a nice visual, pleasant aromas and thick pizzas that are pleasantly chewy. The crying in the background reminds me that this mini-chain of pizza parlors (there are others in Arlington and State College, Pa.) is popular with young families early at night. So go later in the evening if you want a little peace with your pie.

--Tom Sietsema (February 12, 2006)