Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Liberty Station 11085 Marsh Road, Bealeton-540-439-3332
Mon-Thur: 11AM-10PM Fri & Sat: 11AM-11PM Sun: 11:30AM-9:30PM
The interior of Grioli’s in Bealeton reminds me of what an Italian restaurant always looks like in an American movie: Fake Tiffany-style lamps adorned with grapes, apples and pears hang over each booth. A wooden shelf runs near the ceiling along the back of the entire restaurant with neatly spaced wine bottles and plastic grape leaves intertwining the lattice. A gray wagon wheel with red spokes hangs on the wall near the bathrooms. A two tiered trophy with shiny red columns and a gold baseball man on top sits near the front door. Beside the trophy is the statue of a little fat Italian man with rosy cheeks, white apron and floppy chef hat. You tend to see these little Italian chef statues in model home kitchens with blackboards.
I went for lunch on a Monday. The place was about a third full with a constant stream of people coming and going. The bread that was “right out of the oven” was served with olive oil and spices on a little plate. The bread was bland, tasted flat. It was passable with butter.
New York Style Pizza Rolls
The New York Style Pizza Rolls are mozzarella cheese and pepperoni rolled into light pizza dough. It is like a rectangular flat calzone with the end cut off. Thick mozzarella oozes out the end (the highlight of the whole experience). The ingredients seem fresh, but there is nothing special about it. It is served with marinara sauce which is equally uneventful, again passable but not all exciting.
You get four pieces of The New York Style Pizza Rolls and two of mine been brushed or drizzled with more olive oil, and so two pieces were superior to the other two pieces. However, even the better pieces were just OK.
The prices are reasonable, generally from $5.00-$12.00.