North Italia to Open This Month in Reston Town Center

North Italia, a national chain which makes pizzas made from scratch, is opening in Reston Town Center this month.

The 6,400-square-foot location will be the first in Northern Virginia. It is located at 11898 Market Street and will open on Wednesday, July 31.

The restaurant is hosting a job fair at the Reston location this week on tomorrow (July 3), Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

North Italia described its location as follows:

At North Italia, guests can expect to find handcrafted Italian food paired with a warm, contemporary atmosphere. From made-from-scratch pizzas and pastas, to a tempting assortment of wines, beers, and inventive cocktails, there is something to match everyone’s occasion and palate. 

Highlights include Prosciutto Bruschetta with crescenza cheese, grilled asparagus, truffle, grana Padano from the ‘small plates’ section; Funghi Pizza with roasted mushroom, cipollini onion, smoked mozzarella; Squid Ink Mafaldine with white shrimp, calamari, acqua pizza, mint, fennel pollen, Calabrian chili from the ‘pasta’ section; Wagyu Skirt Steak with asparagus, sweet potato, salsa verde, arugula, grana Padano from the ‘entrees’ section. Also not to be missed is the restaurant’s extensive selection of house-made cocktails, including the Milano Mule with District-made vodka, aperol, lime, ginger beer, and Sicilian Margarita with blanco tequila, fiorente elderflower, greenbar ginger, cucumber, and lime. 

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch. Dinner hours from Sunday through Thursday are from 4-10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m.

Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Photo via North Italia


Crime Roundup: Police Arrest Four Suspects in 7-Eleven Robbery

Local police have arrested four suspects in connection with a robbery at 7-Eleven (10508 Leesburg Pike).

Police believe four people entered the store, displayed a handgun and stole cash from the registers on Monday, July 1 at 2:38 a.m.

After the suspects left in a car, a lookout was broadcasted to neighboring jurisdictions. Deputies from the Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspects.

The Reston District Police Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:


2200 block of Astoria Circle, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cell phone from location

1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive, property from residence

1800 block of Discovery Street, property from vehicle

9600 block of Farmside Place, jewelry from residence

2200 block of Herman Court, electronic device from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from vehicle

1800 block of Library Street, liquor from business

2200 block of Monaghan Drive, cash and purse from vehicle

11400 block of Isaac Newton Square, purse from vehicle

11300 block of Reston Station Boulevard, tip jar from business

2200 block of Rock Hill Road, laptop computers from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, golf cart from location

11100 block of Saffold Way, cell phone from location

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

11700 block of Summer Chase Circle, package from residence


10900 block of Thrush Ridge Road, 2019 Subaru Forrester

In a separative incident, a Realtor entered a home on the 11300 block of Geddys Court to discover a man sleeping in one of the bedrooms.

The man, who police described as white and in his 20s, ran off before officers arrived.

A burglary was also reported on the 9600 block of Perkins Farm Lane on June 27 at around 7 p.m. Cash and jewelry was taken from the home.

Another home burglary was reported on the 1600 block of Admirals Hills Court on June 22 at around 5:30 p.m. It’s unclear if anything was taken from the home.

Photo via FCPD


What’s Open and What’s Closed on July 4

Fairfax County government offices and libraries are closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday.

The following is a list of closures and openings in the area:

  • Reston Community Center Hunters Woods: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Reston Community Center Lake Anne: Closed
  • Reston Association headquarters: Closed
  • Frying Pan Farm Park: Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • County trash and recycling collection: Contact trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes
  • Circuit Court: Closed
  • General District Court: Closed
  • Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: Closed

There are plenty of local places to catch Independence Day events in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls.

Photo via Elisha Terada/Unsplash


Newly Renovated Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center to Reopen in November

The nine-month renovation of the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center is gearing up for its final stages. It will likely reopen in early November.

The 40-year-old center is receiving a makeover that adds two pools — a 25-yard lap pool and a warm-water therapeutic pool — along with a new roof.

In June, work on the new roof continues and the two pools are beginning to take shape. Work on plumbing and changes to designed mechanical systems has also been underway.

The deepest part of therapy pool is 750 square feet and is designed for 15 people for aqua aerobics and other exercise. The shallow side of the pool has about 900 square feet of usable area for aquatic programming. Because the overall area is not a rectangle, a class of 20 people can be accommodated.

RCC staff are planning to develop a schedule to reopen pools. Project completion is scheduled for October and pool reopening is scheduled for early November. The center is also looking to hire lifeguards and instructors.

Photos via Reston Community Center


Healthy Food Snacking Demonstration Set for July 18

Healthy eating requires preparation.

At a workshop on Thursday, July 18, participants will learn how to make healthy snacks. A Giant Food nutritionist will share tips and teach how to make healthy snacks at home.

The workshop is set for Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods from 2-3 p.m. Registration is required, but the event is free.

The event is open to individuals age 18 and above.

Photo via Melissa Belanger/Unsplash


Tuesday Morning Notes

Enjoy Fireworks Safely — Any firework that explodes, emits a flame or sparks higher than 12 feet is prohibited by the county’s fire prevention code. The county’s emergency divisions offer tips on how to use fireworks and note that even the possession of unapproved fireworks is prohibited in the county. [Fairfax County Government]

Farmers and Makers Market Today — The market returns to Reston Town Center at 10 a.m. today with a mix of items like fresh produce, meat, honey and vintage items. It is scheduled to run until November, but an end date has not been finalized yet. [Reston Town Center]

Wine Tasting at the Lake House — Enjoy a sunset and a wine-filled evening at the Lake House on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. Registration is $23 for Reston Association members and $28 for all others. [Reston Association]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr


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