Now, first things first: Grassa just opened their doors here in NW, so this isn't a review. I just want to share my initial thoughts on this new spot here in my own neighborhood, as I've been anxiously awaiting its opening - and I think it's worth the early visit.
The concept behind Grassa, in my own words, is a casual atmosphere (you order at the counter, then seat yourself) with a high quality yet simple menu (simple meaning your options are pasta, mostly, with a few additional appetizers and sides - think salad, garlic bread, cheese plate).
For our entrees, we each got one of the two vegetarian pasta dishes on the menu (sadly, Grassa doesn't seem to modify meat dishes for vegetarians - even if the request is simply "no pancetta"). I got the Spaghetti 'Aglio Olio' ($8), tossed with garlic, chile flake, olive oil, Grana, and breadcrumbs.
I'm definitely excited to make a return visit to this new Grassa location, despite how dangerous its proximity to me will be for my waistline.
Have you checked out the new Grassa yet?