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Sal's Caffe Italia

221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
+1 434-295-8484
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Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (32 reviews)
“manicotti” (5 reviews)
“minestrone” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a hot afternoon at the Downtown Mall and had a really nice meal at Sal's Caffe. Sat outside under shade trees, with our dog. The waiter was excellent and took great care of us. He had a bowl of water for our dog as...More

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Caffe I, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gregg, Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. You made some good choices for sure! We can't wait to have you back soon! Jenn

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Reasonable prices for the downtown mall. The food is phenomenal and the atmosphere is a romantic and quiet. Almost straight from lady and the tramp :)

Thank bpulice
Caffe I, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

bpulice, We've often flirted with the idea of hosting a "Lady and The Tramp" night at Sal's. I'm not quite sure our alley way is big enough. Also, do you know a good accordion player? Thanks again for the kind review! Jenn

Reviewed 6 February 2018

.Sals is a small and intimate setting tight on the Downtown Mall. It reminded me of some small wonderful Italian joints in New Jersey 40+ years ago. Visited during Restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by the meal. Restaurant Week offer the opportunity to sample new...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Thank you TjScov! We appreicate it so much! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best, Jenn

Reviewed 24 December 2017

We were given tickets to a concert unexpectedly and had to eat somewhere fast. Sal's is right near the Paramount. It was almost empty so we were nervous and we are very picky about our Italian food. But we were pleasantly surprised. We ordered two...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you so much! We are so very glad you enjoyed yourselves. The Minestrone is one of my favorites too! Happy Holidays and we hope to see you again soon :) Jenn

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Located on a lovely walking mall. I have ate here numerous times. It has great outdoor and indoor seating. The food is excellent. Only flaw is this place is not fast. Your lucky to get in and out in a hour even is you rush...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you were able to savor your meal! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Jenn

Reviewed 22 October 2017

When we arrived at Sal's on a Saturday night around 6 PM we were surprised and pleased to find it fairly empty inside. Soon we realized it was because everyone was sitting outside. Within a half hour it had filled up inside also. The inside...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. While our eggplant is a must have the MonCheri is also a favorite among many. Both great options! We hope you get to enjoy our patio next time too! Jenn

Reviewed 10 October 2017

We loved their pesto genovese sauce (with linguini) and spaghetti pomdoro. You can tell the sauces and pasta were freshly made and delicious. They were a bit short staffed, probably because of bicentennial celebrations at UVA. Well worth the wait for great food though. Great...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Leave it to bicentennials to bring the crowds! We love every minute of it! Thank you so much for visiting. We hope to see you again soon! Jenn

Reviewed 8 October 2017

Good service, good food but beware, HUGE portions. They have fresh made pasta with great vegetarian selections. The wine list is lacking Italian with a focus on local wines. Pleased to report not very kid friendly. Would definitely recommend

Thank DeniseReaves
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Haven't you heard? Everything is bigger in, errrr....Cville! We're so glad you came to see us. Here's to leftovers! Thank you for your kind review. Jenn

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Food was good and plentiful. I had the lasagna, and it was cheesy and feeling. Salads were a little on the watery side. Husband ordered the special and they were out of it, but they made a substitute at the last minute and he was...More

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Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed yourself. I'm glad we were able to accommodate you! Jenn

Reviewed 20 September 2017

I am from Philadelphia and visiting family in Charlottesville, and stumbled on Sal's restaurant in the middle of downtown pavilion.....and we were glad that we did! Thanks for the great meal SAL'S!!

Thank Mike C
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thanks Mike! We can't wait to see you next time! Jenn

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Response from Jenn S | Property representative |
Hello! No I am sorry we do not deliver. We do take out however! Jenn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-295-8484
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