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Sal's Caffe Italia

221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
+1 434-295-8484
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (33 reviews)
“bread” (20 reviews)
“manicotti” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
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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

Thank JCW3-V
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

Thank Aibutiej
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

Thank Foody4LF
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
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

Thank Vikingbymarriage
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
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Cute cafe seating - however, food and service were very subpar. Prices were quite high. Would not recommend.

Thank midlandsmom
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for your review, Midlandsmom. We are sorry that your experience was not up to par. We would love an opportunity to make it up to you. Please contact us through our website. Thank you!

Reviewed 7 September 2017

My wife and I stopped in Charlottesville returning from vacation. We were walking in the people street pavilion and decided to try Sal's for a light dinner. We split a pizza and a salad, but enjoyed eating outside on a beautiful summer evening. Many of...More

Thank PriorityBob
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you, PriorityBob! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and overall experience at Sal's Caffe Italia in Charlottesville. We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 3 September 2017

their internet was down tonight, so they could only take cash. never warned us up front - should have told us it was cash only tonight. when we were done with our dinner, surprise, cash only! I was forced to go to an ATM to...More

Thank brianmdd
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thanks for your review, Brianmdd! I remember the evening in question and I wish we had more options for when computers go offline. Unfortunately when a manual imprint of a card is turned down, cash is the only other option. I am deeply sorry for...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017

It took awhile for our server to acknowlege us, and then to get us drinks; so that was a bit annoying, especially since it wasn't crowded inside (rainy night). The food was very good and felt authentic.

Thank janicepk
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you, Janicepk! We are so glad you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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