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Cafe Italia I

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519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517 (Jeferson Davis Hwy)
+1 703-521-2565
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decent italian food. Lobster ravioli, chicken Isabella, meat calzone peroni beer. Good and close to hotel. I wouldn't go out of my way - but a good dinner if staying at Hilton Garden Inn across the street

Thank BrantleyRand
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139 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

First the good. This is a cute place. I ate early so the restaurant wasn't that busy and the service was great. I ordered the meat Calzone with a side salad. I couldn't believe how fast the salad came. The Italian dressing was great. Now the not so good. While the Calzone looked fantastic, I've never tasted something so bland.... More 

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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145 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

When in the area ww always plan for one meal.to be at the Cafe Italia I in Olde Town. Our plan was for dinner last night but traffic prevented us from arriving before 10:30. We made another excellent dinner selection but that is another review. Not to be defeated we made it for lunch today. The "specials" option looked great,... More 

Thank Lynn D
Alexandria, Virginia
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142 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

I had the jumbo shells with pink sauce...it was so good! The Italian sausage was spicy but very tasty. My husband said it might be the best sausage he had ever eaten. He had the lobster ravioli and enjoyed it. Our son really liked the chicken Alfredo.

Thank Jennifer M
Morehead City, North Carolina
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

The bread is homemade and comes to your table hot. We could have just eaten the bread. It seems like a family run place because when they went in the back I think spoke Italian. All your dishes will be a little different than you are expecting because they put the Italian flare on it. This is a good thing.... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We returned here after many years, looking forward to it. Drove there in the rain. I ordered osso bucco "our signature dish" but actually it was disgusting. Stringy and tasteless, looked awful too. I left there hungry and very disappointed. When a restaurant lists an item as their best, it ought to be good.

1 Thank RALPH V
Washington, DC
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

This place ranks kind of in between poor and mediocre. But due to its fairly high reviews I judged it deserves poor. I had the zuppa di pesce, which is one of my favorite Italian dishes. The muscles were either of below average quality or not fresh. Either way they had an unpleasant taste. The Bolognese sauce was one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Authentic italian, great service, very reasonable price very nice local will visit again when in tiw

1 Thank John E
Little Rock, Arkansas
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

I am in a nearby hotel for a conference. While walking the neighborhood looking over the restaurants I decided to stop in Cafe Italia on Tuesday evening. A few couples were in the patio yet none were inside the restaurant. I was allowed to select where I wanted to sit so I chose inside. The interior is quaint and somewhat... More 

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Houston, Texas
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29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We had dinner and drinks with friends here- the food was decent, but I expect an Italian restaurant to do a great veal parmigiana and sadly I was disappointed. The decor was very dated. Overall, not a bad place to dine, but it certainly wouldn't be on the top of my list.

Thank R D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 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 - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
    (Jeferson Davis Hwy)
  • Public Transportation: ART-ARLINGTON TRANSIT The ART of getting around Arlington. ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. CommuterDirect.com.FAIRFAX CONNECTOR The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-521-2565

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?