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Cafe Italia I

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519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517 (Jeferson Davis Hwy)
+1 703-521-2565
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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New Hyde Park, New York
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from NYC and staying within walking distance to this restaurant the food is not disappointing. It's not NYC's best Italian but outside of NYC it's hard to find comparable. So this was very good quality for lunch. Except they don't make pizza at lunch hour. Waiter service was excellent and the price very reasonable.

Thank Laurie M
Monroe, Ohio
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was not good. Service was shoddy. WAY too expensive for the product. Salad dressing was horrible (you could tell it was really old) and Mozzarella appetizer was "plastic". Won't go here again.

Thank Timothy E
Greensboro, NC
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner. We ordered a pizza, large. It was big for the price and good. My daughter had spaghetti carbenar it was good. With 2 beers the check was $40.

Thank canoec1
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch when they had barely been open 15 minutes. The ambiance was enchanting and the food delectable! The owner was very welcoming & gave us many pointers about navigating D.C. We enjoyed ourselves so much we went back for dinner!

Thank Marci S
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Decent italian food. Lobster ravioli, chicken Isabella, meat calzone peroni beer. Good and close to hotel. I wouldn't go out of my way - but a good dinner if staying at Hilton Garden Inn across the street

Thank BrantleyRand
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140 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

First the good. This is a cute place. I ate early so the restaurant wasn't that busy and the service was great. I ordered the meat Calzone with a side salad. I couldn't believe how fast the salad came. The Italian dressing was great. Now the not so good. While the Calzone looked fantastic, I've never tasted something so bland.... More 

Thank Sbueb
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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151 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

When in the area ww always plan for one meal.to be at the Cafe Italia I in Olde Town. Our plan was for dinner last night but traffic prevented us from arriving before 10:30. We made another excellent dinner selection but that is another review. Not to be defeated we made it for lunch today. The "specials" option looked great,... More 

Thank Lynn D
Alexandria, Virginia
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150 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I had the jumbo shells with pink sauce...it was so good! The Italian sausage was spicy but very tasty. My husband said it might be the best sausage he had ever eaten. He had the lobster ravioli and enjoyed it. Our son really liked the chicken Alfredo.

Thank Jennifer M
Morehead City, North Carolina
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The bread is homemade and comes to your table hot. We could have just eaten the bread. It seems like a family run place because when they went in the back I think spoke Italian. All your dishes will be a little different than you are expecting because they put the Italian flare on it. This is a good thing.... More 

Thank CoastalBum88
Arlington, Virginia
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We returned here after many years, looking forward to it. Drove there in the rain. I ordered osso bucco "our signature dish" but actually it was disgusting. Stringy and tasteless, looked awful too. I left there hungry and very disappointed. When a restaurant lists an item as their best, it ought to be good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
    (Jeferson Davis Hwy)
  • Public Transportation: ART-ARLINGTON TRANSIT The ART of getting around Arlington. ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. CommuterDirect.com.FAIRFAX CONNECTOR The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-521-2565

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?