Cafe Italia Est 1976

"Voted Best Neighborhood Restaurant"

Authentic Italian Recipes

519 S. 23rd St. Arlington VA 22202

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH  Entree and Drink 14.95

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Cafe Italia

Visit us today and enjoy our exquisite menu, our friendly service and our always romantic ambiance


Our Special Days






 Campana $ 10.95 8"     $ 14.95 16"

  Urugula, fontina. mozzarella, beacon, pears    

Margarita Pizza    $ 9.95 8"    $ 13.95 16"

Tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil

Pepperoni Pizza       $ 9.95 8"    $ 14.95 16"

Mozzarella and pepperoni

Pizza Rustica pepperoni  $ 10.95 8"   $ 16.25 16"

Black olives. Artichokes, sun dried tomatoes

Pizza Bianca            $ 10.50 8"   $ 14.25 16"

Fontina, mozzarella, roasted garlic

Quattro Stagioni      $ 11.95 8"   $ 16.95 16''

Pepperoni, green peppers, onion,
mushrooms, Italian sausage

Puttanesca                $ 10.50 8"   $ 16.95 16"

Black olives, capers, artichokes, mozzarella

Fresca-Fresca           $ 10.50 8"  $ 14.25 16'  White pizza, fresh tomatoes and basil
           Served with Marina dipping sauce   

Primavera                               $ 11.95

Spinach, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes,
black olives, ricotta and mozzarella
$ 9.99

Meat Lovers Calzone           $ 12.95

Italian sausage, salami, peperoni, ricotta and
mozzarella cheese
$ 3.99

Seafood Calzone         $ 14.95

Scallops, shrimp, calamari, ricotta and
mozzarella cheese
$ 4.99
Salad with Pizza or Calzone          $ 2.50 $ 5.99
Extra veggies  $ 1.00   Extra meat $ 1.75 $ 6.99
                      $ 7.99

             December Special


Braised Boneless Short Ribs   $ 15.95

Tender short ribs braised with red wine, shallots, thime, Italian spices and served over parpadella and tossed with roasted parsnips, turnips, yellow beets, and carrots.

  Crab & Lobster Ravioi        $  19.95

Pasta pockets stuffed with crab and lobster meat and fontiNa cheese and cooked in a roasted garlic sun dry tomato pesto cream sauce and tossed over a bed of fresh sauteed baby Kale
Our special are served with Arcadian Mix Salad, Italian Bread and butter
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Dinner Menu


Mozzarella Napoli  $7.95

Deep fried fresh breaded mozzarella,and white wine lemon butter sauce.

Mozzarella Capri  $ 7.95

Fresh mozzarella, vine ripped tomatoes, fresh basil and reduced balsamic vinegar.
Fried Calamari $ 8.95
Fresh calamari deep fried and served with mariara sauce and lemon wedge.
Garlic Toast  $ 1.95      $ 3.95 
Toasted bread with roasted garlic and italia herbs.
Cherry Brushetta $ 6.95
Garlic bread baked, with cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil.
Antipaste Plate $ 9.95
Classic Italian meat, artichokes, roasted red pepper, mozzarella cheese and garlic bread
Baked Clam Casino $ 8.95
Clam meat, bacon and bread crumbs, fresh lettuce and lemon wedge
Roasted Broccoli $ 5.95
Broccoli florets, anchovies, bread crumbs and parmesan
Spinach & Raisins $ 6.95
Fresh sauteed spinach, walnuts, raisins and garlic bread
Pear Salad $ 8.95
Arcadia harvest lettuce, fresh sliced pears, gorgonzola cheese, raisins, green olives and reduced balsamic vinegar
Caesar Salad $ 4.50
Crispy Romaine, Caesar dressing, croutons and Romano cheese
Minestrone $ 3.75
Traditional vegetable soup 
Lobster Bisque $ 5.95 
Creamy lobster consomme, smoothed with cognac and sherry wine
Greek Chicken Salad $ 15.95                                                                
Arcadian mix lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, fetta cheese, grilled chicken breast, oregano and Italian vinaigrette
Salmon Salad $ 16.95
Arcadian Mix lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, black olives, fresh grilled filet of Salmon and reduced Balsamic vinegar
Calamari Caesar Salad $ 14.95
Romaine, garlicky croutons, fried calamari, Romano cheese and Caesar dressing
Chicken Caesar Salad $ 15.95
Romaine. garlicky croutons, grilled chicken breast, Romano cheese and Caesar dressing
Served with Arcadian mix salad and homemade Italian bread
Spaghetti Marinara $ 11.95
Spaghetti Bolognese $13.95
Meat sauce and your choice of Meat ball or Italian sausage. 
Fettuccine Alfredo $ 13.95
Tossed in a rich creamy cheese  sauce
Chicken Fettucine Alfredo $ 15.95
Shrimp Alfredo $ 18.95
Primavera Alfredo $ 13.95 
Gnocchi Al Pomodoro $ 13.95
Potatoes pillows, fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, black olives and light garlick tomato sauce.
Tricolored Tortelline $ 14.95
Tomatoes, Spinach and white three cheese filled tortelline and a pink vodka tomato sauce.
Sphaghetti Carbonara $ 13.95
Parmesan cream sauce, Italian bacon and white onions.
Sausage & Peppers $ 13,95
Spaghetti, Italian sausage, green and red peppers and tomato sauce.
Primavera Lasagne $ 14.95
Eggplant, zucchini, mozzarella, ricotta and tomato sauce.
Meat Lasagne $ 14.95
Manicotti Florentine $ 14.95
Pasta crepes stuffed with spinach, seasoned ricotta cheese and a pink saffron tomato sauce.
Eggplant Parmigiana  $ 13.95
Fresh eggplant egg batter and fried, ricotta and mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
House Italian Trios
The F.B.I $ 16.95
Meat Lasagna, Italian sausage, meat ball, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Jumbo Shells $ 16.95
Stuffed with seasoned three cheese mixture and baked with Italian sausage and a pink sauce.
Ravioli Rossi $ 15.95
Cheese ravioli, Meat ball, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese and tomato sausage.
Served with Pasta, Arcadian Mix Salad and Home baked Italian Bread
Chicken Piccata $ 15.95                  Veal Piccata $ 17.95           Tilapia Piccata $ 17.95
Your choice of: Chicken breast or Veal scalopini or Tilapia filet, cooked with artichokes, capers, mushrooms and a white lemon butter sauce.
Chicken Parmigiania $ 15.95                                    Veal Parmigiana $ 17.95
Your choice of home breaded chicken or Veal cutlet, mozzarella and tomato sauce.
Chicken Marsala $ 15.95                                                           
Chicken breast, mushrooms and a brown Marsala sauce.
Chicken Asti $ 15.95
Chicken breast egg dipped, sliced almons and a creamy champagne sauce.
Chicken Isabella $ 15.95
Chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, artichokes and a roasted tomato pesto cream sauce.
Veal Christina's $ 19.95
Scaloppini egg dipped, pan fried, jumbo shrimp, scallops and sherry wine cream sauce.
Veal Ossobucco $ 21.95    House Signature Dish
Tender veal shanks baked and slowly simmered with vegetables in a wine sauce 
Lobster Ravioli $ 19.95
Lobster meat stuffed ravioli, jumbo shimp, served with baby kale and a roasted garlic pesto sauce.
Salmon Alla Griglia $ 18.95
Grilled filet of salmon, sauteed vegetables and lemon wedge
Zuppa Di Pesce $ 20.95
Shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari and scallops in a rich tomatoe sauce.
Shrimp Scampi $ 18.95
Jumbo shrimp, fresh basil, linguine and a garlicky olive oil sauce
Linguine Clams $ 14.95
Fresh clams sauteed in your choice of red or white sauce and topped with chopped clam meat. 
Portabella Ravioli $ 15.95
Portabella and Fontina cheese stuffed ravioli, tri-colored loose carrots, sun dried tomatoes and a roasted tomato gralicky parmesan sauce.
Butternut Squash Ravioli $ 17.95
Pasta pockets stuffed with roasted butternut squash and a three cheese mixture, served with baby kale and jumbo shrimp and a saffron-pesto-sage creamy sauce
                                     Gluten Free Pasta and Whole Wheat Pasta Available