Review: Ghibellina

I joined my girl bros (yea, that’s right – I just made that up. girl bros.) this evening for a lovely happy hour at a brand-new spot. Although 14th Street seems like it has a new restaurant or bar opening each week, I am very excited about the recent influx of Italian places – such as Piola and Etto.

Tonight we tried Ghibellina. They have a great happy hour deal, assuming you work downtown (yay, I finally do!) and can get there between 4:30-6:30. They serve wine for $5, beer at various price points (confession…did not pay much attention to the beer), and cocktails for $6. I had the Estate in Toscana – delicious and not too sweet!

Ghibellina | Arlington Darling

Then…the PIZZA. Obviously the pizza. Again, during happy hour they have a great special, with pies under $10. The three of us split 2 pies and it was the perfect amount of food for an early dinner (confession #2…we got Pitango gelato afterwards though). We tried the Margherita di Bufala and the Olive e Carciofi. N and C liked the plain one best, but for once I actually preferred the specialty pizza. I just couldn’t resist the smoky mozzarella and olive flavor!

Ghibellina | Arlington Darling

Highly recommend this spot for happy hour, and I’m excited to return for dinner – the regular menu looks like it has some really unique Italian style dishes. If they’re anything like the pizzas, I’m in. The service and ambiance were great, too.

Ghibellina | Arlington Darling

 

Ghibellina | Arlington Darling

Loving: My new ottoman! But what about a tray?

Today my long-coveted ottoman has finally arrived. It is everything I dreamed – perfect for putting feet on, tufted, neutral color, and classy. Here it is in my apartment:

Ottoman | Arlington Darling

Now to accessorize my ottoman I must, of course, have a tray! I had my eye on some lacquered trays at C Wonder and Etsy, but alas upon closer inspection they ranged from $110 to over $400! No thank you.

So now I’m between two much cheaper options. Which one do you think I should get – the fun, modern clear acrylic tray that I could customize with ever-changing scrapbook paper or fabric in the bottom? Or the plainer wooden tray in the pretty coral color for half the price?

Coral 12 x 12 Painted Wood Square Serving Tray Home Decor Coffee Table Office Home Organization Party Decorative Centerpiece Wedding Table

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Would love your opinions!