Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Accepts most major credit cards and personal checks. Accessible to the handicapped.
For those evenings when neither the fancy restaurant nor this fast-food chain appeals to your dining tacts, there is Dino's an unpretantious carry-out on 8. Carlyn Spring Road near Bailey's Crossroads.
Dino's is one of those Greek Italian places, so common in New York, specializing in pizzs, heros and souvlaki. Unlike many pieces of that type, Dino's seems concerned with offering courteous service and good food at reasonable prices. Everything is homemade, according to owner Marcos Reizakis, including the Bakiava, which we felt was one of the best we've tasted in this area.
Reizakis, formerly a waiter at the distinguished Charcuteris Normande in Arlington, bought Diano's about 3 1/2 years ago. Then it was an uninviting bare building surrounded by a parking lot.
"I fixed it up, but since I didn't have enough money I had to do all the work myself," said Reizakis.He still works from 80 to 90 hours a week and makes a preparations for the food early each morning.
The inside is clean and comfortable with several ormica tables.
On the evening we visited Dino's, my husband chose the souviski, the house special at $3.25, and I ordered veal cutlet parmagiana with spaghetti at $2.95. The orders were large enough to share with our two-year-old.
All the entrees are served with rolls, butter and salad made of iceberg lettuce and strips of red cabbage that was fresh and crisp. The souvlaki was a stand-out. The pieces of grilled marinated lamb are served on a fried Syrian bread brought from New York. Garnishes of feta cheese, onions, green peppers and lettuce accompany it as does a delicately flavored yoghurt sauce.
My veal was surprisingly good: the meat was tender and covered with a crisp breading topped with a slice of melted cheese. The spaghetti was abit overcooked and the sauce, although a bit bland, was good.
Beer and wine are available, but we all chose ice tea at 35 cents.
Although we didn't order it on this evening, the antipasto is also to be recommended. Unlike the skimpy versions served most places, the Dino's appetizer includes several slices of Italian salami, warmed spicy sausage in a tomato sauce, ham, provolone cheese, and tomato. The price is $1.75 for one, $2.75 for two. But he warned that it is a hearty beginning for a meal, and we found that in combination with the veal, we had ordered too much food.
We completed the meal with the baklava, a special favorite of my son's. Nino's version of the pastry is a bit heavier than most, filled with lots of cinnamon and nuts, and costs 75 cents.
Our entire bill, with tip, came to $13.