Bistecca Italian Chop House
of 2 reviews
242 Millwood Ave, Winchester, VA - Map
On Sunday, September 3, 2017, my daughter and I had Sunday Brunch at the new Bistecca Italian Chop House at 242 Millwood Avenue in Winchester, Virginia, near the railroad crossing. Parking on the right side of the building includes two handicapped spaces; other parking is along the front. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM; Friday, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM; Saturday, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM (Brunch); Monday, Closed. The phone number is 540-773-5981, and the Web Page is http://bisteccachophouse.com/. However, this page has not been updated with the latest hours information shown above. Reservations are accepted, and may be made via phone or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The entrance is at the right side of the building, and has a vestibule with doors at each end. The entry area has a padded bench on the left, and the receptionist’s station is against the back wall, which has a large plate glass window giving you a glimpse into part of the kitchen in the back. An ornate, well-stocked bar is on your right against the front wall with seven seats and a single TV screen. The floor is light in the entry and dark carpet in the dining area. Lighting is by old-fashioned bulbs hanging over booths, with bulbs recessed in the neutral acoustic tile ceiling elsewhere. Background music was retro, and almost intrusive. Five booths are on your left, along the front window; two more are across the aisle next to a divider. Further on your left is an elevated dining area, accessed via three steps up with handrails. Seating here is by assorted tables along the front window, the side wall, and back wall. Additional floor-level seating is in a small room in the rear with two booths along the back wall, another against the divider, and a large booth next to the door providing access to a patio behind the restaurant. The door opens to two stone steps with a handrail leading down to the flagstones of the patio, which is bounded by a black iron railing. This outside area is completely surrounded by trees, allowing for secluded dining al fresco. The tables and chairs are also black iron, and six of the tables have umbrellas which the seventh table lacks. We were seated in one of the booths in the rear. Our server was Haley, who brought us the special menu for Brunch. It included Tomato Salad, Devilled Eggs, Granola and Treat, Zuppa Tuscana, Meat and Cheese Board, Chicken and Waffles, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict Italiano, and Seared Scallops. The brunch menu does not change from week to week. My daughter ordered the Meat and Cheese Board, which had prosciutto and several kinds of cheese served on a wooden plank. I had the Seared Scallops, served on a rectangular ceramic platter, with three large scallops topped with a sauce and a bit of salad. The scallops, in turn, were on a bed of mixed vegetables with Brussels sprouts, peas, corn, and diced carrots. We were both pleased with our food and the service. My daughter also ordered two cannoli for dessert. Later, I asked to see the dinner menu. Categories included Antipasto, Pizza; Pesce, with Cioppino; a spicy tomato fish stew with catch of the day, clams, mussels & crostini; Carne, with beef, chicken, and pork dishes. Also, Contorno, which two can share, with seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, artichoke Risotto, and Pancetta macaroni & cheese as sides; and Dolce, cannoli, Chef’s choice, and ricotta cheesecake. It should be noted that the restaurant's signature Carne dish is Bistecca Alla Fiorentino, a 32 ounce Prime Porterhouse, charred, then finished in their wood fired oven. It’s a thick cut steak served on a wooden plank, to be shared by two or more people, and costs $75.00. Bistecca is an upscale restaurant with upscale prices, elegant surroundings and the ambiance is good, along with the food and service. I rate it as a keeper, and look forward to trying the dinner menu, perhaps with the Cioppino seafood stew. When my wife and I moved here in July 1982, this location housed Mason’s Seafood. In 2001 it became Anthony’s Italian Cuisine, which was replaced in 2004 by Cantina d’ Italia, Winchester’s best Italian restaurant at the time. It, in turn, was succeeded in 2014 by The Millwood Seafood and Steaks, which closed early in 2017, and Bistecca opened to the public in April 2017.
This place is rather unassuming from the outside, but offers very good service, atmosphere and food. The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food. They employ chefs, not just cooks. The menu offers a pretty broad palate, so you'll probably find something you like. Bonus: It's right next to hopscotch, so you can grab some coffee for dessert!