A much needed new addition to Falls Church Café Nessma is, in essence, Lebanese fast food.
The Abi-Najm family’s Lebanese Taverna chain has made strides since its first Mediterranean-cuisine restaurant opened doors in 1979.
Am I sitting in a café just off Beirut’s Corniche, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? Or really just in Arlington, off Wilson Blvd.? It’s a difficult distinction to make once inside, seated and surrounded by Layalina’s jewel-toned walls.
Angela Tehaan Leone, a McLean resident, is the daughter of first-generation Lebanese Americans. A prize-winning fiction writer, poet, and teacher of English and dramatic arts, she uses her skills and sensitivity to paint an exquisite portrait of a Lebanese immigrant family in Washington, DC in the 1950s.