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“Beautiful Interior, Fun Bar Scene, Heavy Food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Travinia Italian Kitchen

Travinia Italian Kitchen
1605 Village Market Blvd SE, Ste 104, Leesburg, VA 20175-4688
703-777-6511
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Ranked #52 of 164 restaurants in Leesburg
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful Interior, Fun Bar Scene, Heavy Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We have been here several times for both lunch and dinner -- while we enjoy the atmosphere and getting drinks / appetizers at the bar a meal beyond that routinely disappoints. The service is painfully slow, albeit polite with impeccable, beautifully groomed servers. For an italian restaurant there are very few "fresh" Pasta or House Favorite choices on the Menu since most dishes are laden in butter, creams, cheese and/or meat. Heavy meals. Makes it difficult for our one no-dairy/no-meat eater, who is resigned to the salad section of the menu when we go here. It would be nice if the chain would expand it's fare to include healthy additions such as pasta primavera? or Aglio Et Olio? Risotto dishes beyond the side menu? That said, aside from the extensive wine selection and all the fabulous, energetic people at the bar on weekends -- we now skip the dining room.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Leesburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Prepare to be ignored”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I would like to say that i did not favor the food, but I never had the chance. We tried this restaurant twice in the same night. The first was before a movie, It was a Friday night, and extremely crowded. We took an open seat in the bar area, and granted it was busy, it did not explain the fact that no waitperson ever came by once, even after walking by us 4-5 times. So after 20 minutes of being ignored, we left and ate dinner at the movie theater. On the way home we were walking by the restaurant, and it was nearly empty. We saw 2 couples we know in there who waved us in. We sat down and talked, and we could see about 10-15 servers in the kitchen area talking, joking and prepping for the next day. Also, several severs sweeping up and cleaning. But we were at least 1 hour to close, and the other couples told us they had ordered 4 drinks and 2 appetizers. They had the 2 wines, but that was it. The men's drinks and appetizers were nowhere to be dound. We grabbed a couple passing watistaff and asked about the food and drinks, and the apologizes, then went away never to return. We left shortly thereafter. Will never go back there again!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax, Virginia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Excellet food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We went here to celebrate 2 birthdays. They told us on the phone they don't reserve tables for under 19 people. We only had 8 so when we got there they said we should have called and booked a table so we told them what the lady on the phone said. So they wanted to squeeze us into a table for 6. We said that is unexceptable so they found us a table about 15 minutes later. We were seated and from then on everything was excellent. The appatizers were great the main course were great but, I ordered the seafood stuffed shells which were just okay next time I will get the lobster ravaoli which we had as an appatizer it was awesome. The waiter came by and asked us if were wanted a glass of champaign for our birthday on the house so we had a toast. They really treated us special, the whole table. I can't wait to go back. My friends had been there before for lunch and dinner and they all said every meal and service was great.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Nice atmosphere but disappointing food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Went for dinner on a Saturday night around 8 pm. The place was crowded and we were told our wait would be 15 minutes. Got a Peroni draft at the bar and then found a seat on the sofa near the door. Comfortable atmosphere and we didn't mind the wait which turned into about 30 minutes (should always overestimate the wait). We were led to a table in the bar area. Ordered a bottle of wine (good) and calamari to start. It was horrible - definitely pre- prepared and reheated and the breading made up about 80% of the dish. They also served a round of bread covered with olive oil, with a side of oil for dipping. Since the bread was not sliced and the only knife on the table was a butter knife, it was a mess to cut and when we tasted it, not worth it. The service at the restaurant is sporatic - you maybe see your waitress three times during the meal as everything is delivered is delivered by other servers. Despite the number of people coming to the table, no one cleared the dishes and no one brought the spoon we requested. We selected higher price entrees and they were a real disappointment. Husband got pasta with mixed seafood and a red sauce - teeny tiny amount of seafood on top of pasta and the sauce was nothing special. My tuna was medium rare, not rare as ordered, and it was served in slices, next to a clump of undressed lettuce, some unripe mango slices and avocado slices. We didn't order dessert. The waitress, when she finally removed the dish filled with calamari breading, did take the calamari off the bill since it was clear that we did not enjoy it. Overall, I would give the food a C, the atmosphere a B, and the service a B-.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Ashburn, va
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Consistent Excellence!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a wonderful place! Service is great, the food and wine phenomenal and the ambiance, perfect!

I have to say the Lobster/macncheese balls with the sauce are out of this world. Favorite dishes: Steak Madiera is to die for, Chicken Scallopini is my favorite and their sauteed spinach-wow. For dessert don't miss their Tiramisu!

We used their wine room for a special commercial event and I couldn't believe all that management did to promote the event! Awesome!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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