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Assaggi Osteria Restaurant Review: McLean’s main street area is a treasure trove of restaurants, among them the elegant Assaggi Osteria directed by chef Domenico Comacchia. A busy man who divides his time between his three restaurants, he may sit down and tell you the tales of his career. Better yet, he may scurry to the kitchen and bring out an array of house pastas, such as the unique lasagna made with thinly sliced eggplant instead of pasta; garganelli with beef, veal and pork Bolognese sauce; and tender gnocchi. Ask if the baby octopus salad is available; it’s a surprisingly delicate mix of tender octopus, potatoes, green beans and heirloom tomatoes. If you are dropping in at lunch, take advantage of the chef’s special menu, which means you eat well for a minimal tab. Desserts are classic Italian, from zeppoli to a hazelnut semifreddo. Assaggi Osteria offers an extensive wine list and assorted interesting cocktails.