Goat cheese and beet plin at Hank's Pasta Bar. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

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This review appeared in The Washington Post’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide as No. 10 on a list of the year’s 10 best new restaurants.

At long last, something fresh to whet our appetites in Old Town Alexandria: a neighborhood Italian spot from Jamie Leeds, a chef best known for her trio of seafood joints in the area. The signature draws come in a dozen or so shapes and some pleasing flavors. Among the successes are delicate plin filled with beets and goat cheese, and ripply malfalde served with fennel sausage and brandy cream sauce. The housemade pastas keep good company; their equals on the menu include plump lamb chops and whole grilled dorade. The Joy Room in the back rings true with rows of Christmas-colored lights brightening the ceiling and an old barn door separating it from the main dining room. Yes, it’s crowded, and yes, it’s worth a wait.

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Hank’s Pasta Bar: 600 Montgomery St., Alexandria, Va. 571-312-4117. hankspastabar.com.

Open: Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Prices: Lunch entrees $11 to $19, dinner entrees $18 to $29, brunch entrees $9 to $19.

More of Tom Sietsema’s top 10 new restaurants:

10. Hank’s Pasta Bar

9. Nazca Mochica

8. The Dabney

7. Tail Up Goat

6. Espita Mezcaleria

5. Masseria

4. Bad Saint

3. Convivial

2. Kinship

1. Pineapple and Pearls

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