Thompson Italian (with kid-approved menu) opens in Falls Church

Gabe and Kathering Thompson
Culinary power husband and wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson will serve dinner six nights a week. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Kristen Hamilton
Thompson Italian’s general manager, Kristen Hamilton, comes from Rose’s Luxury and Little Pearl in the District. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Thompson Italian team
The team at Thompson Italian. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Thompson Italian pavlova
Dinner will be served six nights a week and lunch and brunch will be added later this year. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
A cocktail, sgroppino, at Thompson Italian
The wine list will be largely Italian, with 16 wines by the glass from $9 to $14 and many bottles under $40. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
A cocktail, summer in a glass, at Thompson Italian
Thompson Italian will be a family-friendly restaurant. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
A spread of food featured at Thompson Italian
The kids’ menu will include chicken tenders and French fries, but also a Make Your Own Pasta menu combining handmade noodles with sauces. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
The heirloom salad at Thompson Italian
Gabe Thompson said that his son and daughters polled their classmates, so the kids’ menu truly is kid-approved. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Linguine clams at Thompson Italian
The made-from-scratch pasta dishes will be available in full and half-sized portions. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
A bowl of meatballs at Thompson Italian
The menu will feature beef and lamb from local farms. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Bowl of orecchiette
The couple’s background includes some of Manhattan’s top rated Italian restaurants. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
An olive oil cake is shown.
An olive oil cake is shown. The Thompsons became chef-partners at Italian restaurants across New York, including dell-Anima, L’Artusi, Anfora andL’Apicio. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Thompson Italian's dining room
Inside the Thompson Italian dining room. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Pasta sign on the exterior of Thompson Italian
The Thompsons moved to the Washington region, with their two children, when Gabe Thompson was named executive chef at RPM Italian in D.C. in 2015. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Scratch-made pasta
Scratch-made pasta dishes will be available in full and half-sized portions. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
Neon sign reads "Pasta Power"
“When we discussed opening a restaurant, we wanted a place where people could eat together with the whole family,” Gabe Thompson said. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
The team at Thompson Italian,
The team at Thompson Italian is seen. (Courtesy Thompson Italian )
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Gabe and Kathering Thompson
Kristen Hamilton
Thompson Italian team
Thompson Italian pavlova
A cocktail, sgroppino, at Thompson Italian
A cocktail, summer in a glass, at Thompson Italian
A spread of food featured at Thompson Italian
The heirloom salad at Thompson Italian
Linguine clams at Thompson Italian
A bowl of meatballs at Thompson Italian
Bowl of orecchiette
An olive oil cake is shown.
Thompson Italian's dining room
Pasta sign on the exterior of Thompson Italian
Scratch-made pasta
Neon sign reads "Pasta Power"
The team at Thompson Italian,

The former Argia’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Falls Church, Virginia, will reopen Aug. 14 as Thompson Italian, a family-friendly Italian restaurant.

Culinary power husband and wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson will serve dinner six nights a week, and add lunch and brunch later this year.

The couple’s background includes some of Manhattan’s top rated Italian restaurants, where they became chef-partners at Italian restaurants across the city, including dell-Anima, L’Artusi, Anfora andL’Apicio. They moved to the Washington region, with their two children, when Gabe Thompson was named executive chef at RPM Italian in D.C. in 2015.

Katherine Thompson is originally from the Arlington area.

“When we discussed opening a restaurant, we wanted a place where people could eat together with the whole family,” Gabe Thompson said. ‘We even had our son and daughters poll their classmates to help us create truly kid-approved menu items.”

The kids’ menu will include chicken tenders and French fries, but also a Make Your Own Pasta menu combining handmade noodles with sauces.

For adults, the made-from-scratch pasta dishes will be available in full- and half-sized portions. The menu will feature beef and lamb from local farms.

The wine list will be largely Italian, with 16 wines by the glass from $9 to $14 and many bottles under $40.

Thompson Italian’s general manager, Kristen Hamilton, comes from Rose’s Luxury and Little Pearl in the District.

In addition to their restaurant background, the Thompsons also co-authored the cookbook “Downtown Italian” in 2014.

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