NEW: ‘Old School’ Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Coming to Ballston Area | ARLnow

The former Next Day Blinds will soon be serving caprese and wine.

The vacant storefront at 3865 Wilson Boulevard, across from Gold’s Gym in the Ballston neighborhood, becomes “Carbonara: Old School Italian & Wine Bar,” a 150-seat restaurant with 4,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

The restaurant – technically located in Virginia Square – is currently set to open next July.

The most notable menu items included in a press release are a real tour of Italy: Carpaccio, Eggplant Parmigiana Stack, Tortellini Di Michael, Linguini Cardinale, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Alla Marsala, Cioppino and Stuffed Cannoli.

The restaurant comes from a recognizable local name: Chef Mike Cordero.

Cordero owns and operates Bronson Bier Hall, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza, Don Tito, and Taco Rock in Arlington, as well as other Northern Virginia locations like Don Taco in Alexandria.

“I am thrilled to relive my early years of training as an Italian chef with Carbonara and to work with my sons on this project,” Cordero said. “My new concept will offer delicious old-fashioned Italian cuisine with a twist where nothing is store bought and everything is made from scratch. Cooking fresh Italian dishes is in Cordero’s blood.

More of a press release, below.

Chef Mike Cordero returns to where it all began for him. The Northern Virginia restaurateur announced today that his Cordero Hospitality restaurant group, which includes his sons Nick Cordero and Anthony Cordero, will open Carbonara: Old School Italian & Wine Bar in Ballston. Scheduled for delivery in July 2023, the 4,800 square foot indoor and outdoor restaurant will occupy the corner retail space in the Ballston Gateway building at 3865 Wilson Boulevard, which formerly housed Next Day Blinds, and is located at corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Pollard Streets. Cordero, represented by Chris Saa with Divaris Real Estate, Inc., signed a 20-year lease with owner Cushman & Wakefield. Designer Yvette Irene will develop the interior design and Carlos Construction will lead the construction. Cordero will serve as executive chef.

Carbonara will offer a substantial menu featuring old-world Italian cuisine, with a focus on the southern region of Italy, with all dishes house-cooked and fresh homemade pasta prepared daily. Hearty Sicilian pizzas, classic Italian baked goods like Eggplant Rollatini Parmigiana, zesty Italian sandwiches, decadent tiramisu, and savory chicken, veal, and seafood dishes top the list. A wide selection of wines from all regions of Italy, featuring a flavorful varietal from Tuscany, will pair perfectly with every item on the menu. To better distribute and preserve each bottle, Carbonara will introduce a state-of-the-art cruvinet system, widely used by international sommeliers, which will extend the flavor and life of the vino served. A collection of specialty aperitifs and artisanal Italian cordials will grace the Carbonara cocktail menu and include bellinis, puccinis, negronis and spritzes. […]

Plans for the new Carbona: Old School Italian & Wine Bar include a 150-seat restaurant that includes a variety of indoor and outdoor dining components. The existing structure of the Ballston Gateway building provides an ornate rotunda extension, which wraps around the restaurant’s main entrance and connects to the west and south sides. For alfresco dining, Carbonara will seat up to 30 people on the patio with six outdoor tables and two Alfresco Bars with six stools tucked up to the indoor bar punctuated with Nano walls. As guests enter, they are greeted by a huge bar with over 24 bar stools and a generous restaurant layout filled with circular booths, tables for two to four people, and large banquets lining two walls. Carbonara’s ambience will feature a rustic Italian restaurant with decor that showcases the history of the Cordero family with exceptional views of the streetscape from all sides of the restaurant. On some evenings, artists perform traditional Italian music.

Cordero, known in restaurant circles with Taco Rock, Rockwood and Bronson Bier Hall, began his culinary career at age 15 making meatballs at an Italian restaurant in New York City. His Carbonara concept allows him to re-explore his culinary past and present the Italian recipes he has created over the years. He describes the new establishment as “old-fashioned Italian” that will offer a classic film noir experience like a scene from “The Godfather.”

“I am thrilled to relive my early years of training as an Italian chef with Carbonara and to work with my sons on this project,” Cordero said. “My new concept will offer delicious old-fashioned Italian cuisine with a twist where nothing is store bought and everything is made from scratch. Cooking fresh Italian dishes is in Cordero’s blood,” he said. he adds.

Carbonara will be open daily for lunch and dinner and offers take-out and buy-out options for private events. The website and social media platforms have yet to be created for the restaurant.

About Jonathan Bell

Check Also

Inside Priyanka Chopras’ Incredible Dinner at Her NYC Restaurant

Priyanka Chopra is undoubtedly a great foodie. So much so that she took her love …