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Cafe Italia I

519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
+1 703-521-2565
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (17 reviews)
“cannoli” (10 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
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1 - 10 of 214 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Felt like Italian and this was close. Staff was very attentive. Needs a little care as far as maintenance (old AC unit duct-taped into place in entryway etc.) I sensed it is a hometown favorite as there were little plaques by every table announcing the...More

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Twenty-third street has a strip of interesting, inexpensive restaurants and this is one of them. Comfortable and casual with friendly staff and inside or outside seating. stopped at the bar for a Peroni (on draught) while waiting for a couple of freshly made cannoli to...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In fairness, the joint was hopping and I think they were understaffed for the amount of people there. So service was pretty slow. The food at least was decent. I had the lobster ravioli, the Mrs had the eggplant parmesan. Tasty and filling for each....More

Thank simiseeu
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at how tasty our 2 different raviolis were - his was mushroom and I had the lobster. They were perfectly prepared, tender and delicious. We left without feeling overstuffed as the meal included an awesome house salad and...More

Thank Zoogirl1953
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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
Reviewed 12 April 2017 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
Reviewed 28 March 2017 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
Reviewed 15 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
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank Sbueb
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Do you have parking at your Crystal City location on 23rd street?
13 May 2016|
Response from KailuaGal | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Embassy Suites off of S Eads St so we just walked there, but there is metered public parking behind the restaurant on 22nd St. Don't forget to bring quarters!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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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