recently opened restaurant report: hank’s pasta bar

The wait is over for one of Old Town’s most anticipated restaurants.

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Hello again, readers! Thank you so much for the positive feedback on our first restaurant report! The feedback was so great that we’re thrilled to announce recently opened restaurant report “feedback” posts will be a regular occurrence. Again, let me say I am not a foodie, but I am an avid Alexandrian and as stated last time, the opening of a new bar, restaurant, or store makes my week.

Last Saturday Geoff and I, accompanied with my parents, walked over to the new Hank’s Pasta Bar, which has taken the space of an Italian restaurant we dined at once, years ago, never to return. Hank’s Pasta Bar is a rustic Italian neighborhood eatery, and the dream child of Hank’s Oyster Bar owner Jamie Leeds, whose other three restaurants are all seafood focused.

Upon walking into the space you immediately know Jamie has accomplished her goal of making the 100-seat restaurant warm and inviting. The décor is unique but not overdone. The menu features 18 handmade pastas and risottos best served family style, where diners can pick three, four, or five pastas for the table.

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We had unbelievable service and the manager was kind enough to squeeze a few more guests at our table when we ran into people we knew. An absolute must-try is Jamie’s Favorite Linguini with White Clam Sauce and the Meatballs, which are made with four types of meat! For dessert we split the fig tart and Hank’s famous key lime pie.

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My only complaint would be that in keeping with the real Italian eatery feel they served the wine in what I would call an American juice glass. Wine glasses are available behind the bar so be sure to ask for one.

Brunch services starts this Saturday. Be sure to check it out!

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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar alexandra says:

    hi britt! do you remember if they offer gluten free options? thank you!

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