My husband and I have eaten at Villa Mozart in Fairfax City numerous times over the past few years and the restaurant has never missed a beat in service, preparation, plating, and overall good, quality Italian cuisine. The variety of offerings on the menu is remarkable for the location and size of the restaurant. You must order pasta - the chef has several items on the menu from his home region of Italy that I have never experienced before and you really cannot make a bad selection. For starters, the squid appetizer is unique - what lies before you looks like a pasta dish, but the noodles are the squid and the seasoning is unbelievable. The wine selection is well done, with offerings of some really solidly good Italian wines (my personal favorite) but also offers many other choices.
The interior of the restaurant, located in an old frame house across from the Courthouse, is sleek, contemporary and very understated. No red and white tablecloths with candles in wine bottles here! The artwork is a collection of photographs, most in black and white, of architectural styles and the small rooms are immediately inviting and more intimate in feel.
The price for your meal will also surprise you. We have ordered from the menu a la carte and also selected their prix fixe lunches and/or dinners and consider both a bargain for the quality of the food. If you decide to go, you may want to make a reservation - especially for dinner. It is no longer a buried gem in suburban Virginia, but can easily be considered a "destination" restaurant for Washington, DC.