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“Understated, excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cantina D'Italia

Cantina D'Italia
13015 Fairlakes Shopping Center, Fairfax, VA 22033
703-631-2752
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Ranked #46 of 348 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Vienna, Virginia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Understated, excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We ate there Saturday night about 5:30 p.m. We did not need a reservation. Didn't know what to expect as we'd never eaten there before. The restaurant was quiet and lovely. All the servers and other personnel were extremely polite and kind. The food was wonderful. Eggplant parmigiana was the best I've ever had. Tilapia with a crabmeat in a fresh tomato sauce was excellent. Also great was the baked ziti. This is probably the best Italian restaurant we've been to in Fairfax County. The couple next to us had a baby in a high chair and we'd heard it is child-friendly.Most of the entrees are $14-23. There's bread and a side salad. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manassas, Virginia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Reliably Good Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

I'm not a fan of chain restaurants or fast food - we're glad to have found a good, local family restaurant. We've been going to Cantina D'Italia for many years - we have our favorites there (Chicken Parm for my husband, Chicken Piccata for me), and it's hard to change as it's always good. The ambiance is intimate yet fun, and the service is friendly. My husband, an Italian who's very picky about his tomato sauce, feels this is the best in the region, and we're happy when we go there. It's one of the few places you can still make a reservation, and the china, silverware, glasses, napkins, and bathrooms are consistently clean. It's our go-to place with friends and family, and we hope they stay in business for many years to come!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, VA
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“Future visit not very likely”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

My husband and I went here for our New Year's Eve dinner. We had seen the place many times and always throught that we should try it. I made a reservation several days ahead of time to ensure that we had a good table. We arrived 10 minutes early and were seated right away .. in the back by the kitchen and bathrooms. Our table was right on the corner and we had everyone and his brother walking by our table the entire time. I guess making a reservation did not have any impact. Upon being escorted to our table, we were given only one menu. While we received water on time, we had to wait a bit for the server. Once she arrived we ordered the house wine and asked for another menu. A few minutes later the wine arrived. We had to ask if there were any specials .. apparently there should have been a specials card on our table .. which there was not. So again we needed more time to peruse that. When the server came back a third time we were ready to order. The menu says entrees come with salad and bread. When we enquired about soup, we were told we could have that instead of salad ... why was that no listed on the menu? The house pinot grigio was quite good as was the bread. The vegetable soup was good, the salad was swimming in vinegar - so ask for that on the side. I ordered veal parm which came with spaghetti. They did not drain the spaghetti well, so I ended up with a lot of water on the plate, which made my veal soggy and the red sauce quite lack luster. Needless to say I was disappointed. My husband had a veal dish with a lemon sauce. He said it was just OK. The server never came back to ask if everything was OK. At the end of the meal I mentioned the watery plate I was served and the server apologized, but the manager never came by or anything. A return visit does not look likely at this point.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Reasonable & Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Good neighborhood Italian restaurant. They do a nice job and the food is good.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Gross”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

I came he on a date and me and my boyfriend thought that their baked ziti was horrible, not only was the food terrible, our waiter didn’t seem to tend to our table much it was almost like you had to chase her down for a glass or water. I was really excited to visit the restaurant because of all the good reviews but I think next time I will stick with my gut and go to Olive Garden.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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