Cafe Italia Est 1976

"Voted Best Neighborhood Restaurant"

Authentic Italian Recipes

519 S. 23rd St. Arlington VA 22202

24.95  Pre-fixed Menu: Appetizer~ Entree~ Dessert and Wine            Menu Details

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Cafe Italia

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Rich Massabny is a theatre, arts, & food critic in the nation's capital. He has been quoted in the Washington Post and Washington Times. One of the most visible cable television personalities in the Washington, D.C. area, his celebrity chefs on cooking shows, his weekly reviews and his hour long talk show, reach over 7,000,000 homes.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
CAFÉ ITALIA, Crystal City, Arlington
Since 1976, Café Italia has been serving Crystal City at its location at 519 S. 23rd Street. It’s a warm and welcoming restaurant with a full bar and a menu featuring so many traditional Italian dishes. You’ll love reading the menu—sort of makes you feel you’re in an Italian café in Italy. I was particularly interested in Café Italia’s Sunday brunch that includes your choice of five main entrees, a three egg Western omelet or an Italian sausage omelet plus a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, all for $14.95. If you go for lunch, there’s an all you can eat pasta buffet with lasagna, ravioli, fettuccine alfredo or carbonara and capellini plus either a cannoli or gelato for dessert. The dinner menu features chicken, veal and seafood specialties such as veal parmigiana, shrimp scampi, chicken piccata and more pasta dishes plus pizza. All the dishes are served with Café Italia’s famous homemade bread. The restaurant has it all—the food, the atmosphere and the service. Our wait staff person was Anya who was knowledgeable and friendly. S. 23rd Street is known for its restaurants and Café Italia was voted Best Neighborhood Restaurant recently. For more information and reservations, call 703-521-2565 and be sure to check the website at It’s open seven days a week.
By Phil Freedenberg
is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that has been in the
same location on Restaurant Row near National Airport since 1976. The food is good, the portions are generous, and the service is both competent and friendly. The
atmosphere is fun and the noise level is moderate. The menu features an extensive array of tasty main courses, including seafood, chicken, veal and a variety of
vegetarian dishes, each served with the pasta of the day. When the Restaurant Critics (Evening Edition) visited in March, owner Salomon (you’ll recognize him as the former manager of Pulcinella in McLean) sent over both a complementary appetizer and after dinner drinks for the table. With its full bar, adequate wine list and moderate prices, Café Italia rates 3.5 pineapples out of 5 for overall value.
Location: 519 S. 23 St., Arlington
Phone :703-521-2565
Web site:
Cafe Italia
My family loved our visit to this restaurant. The food was great, service fantastic, and the atmosphere grand. Liked looking at the name plates on the wall of people who ate at that table. Would like to hear more of it's history. Who sat where when.
My family ate at the same table as Al Gore, Donny Osmond and one of the Kennedy's.
What table will you sit at?Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Receives the

2011 Talk of the Town Award

  Arlington,VA (August 9, 2011):

                          CAFÉ ITALIA RISTORANTE

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This is the third year Celebration Media, Talk of the Town and Customer Care News have honored companies with its Customer Satisfaction Award for Excellence in Customer Care.

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