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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were looking for a good restaurant with outdoor seating to celebrate a birthday. Violino seemed to be the only place that fit that description and our tastes. We tried it, and we are eager to go back next time we are in Winchester. We...only tried the specials—zucchini blossoms stuffed three ways, festival of ravioli (also three varieties with a poached pear), and a skewer of salmon, swordfish, and shrimp. Wow! The chef really enjoys cooking creative and mouthwatering dishes. Every dish was top notch. I know that some complain about the service. We like to linger over a celebration dinner, so the pace was fine for us, until we tried to get our check. Alas, many restaurants are going to have the same problem right now because of being understaffed. All the wait staff at Violino were great.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed June 26, 2021

A friend had recommended Violino and we were driving through Winchester so we had our chance to try it out! They have a darling outdoor seating area with a beautiful pink hydrangea at the entrance. We were not able to enjoy the outdoor area though...due to rain. The inside is very "old Italian" meaning dated and there was violin music playing constantly. We ordered bruschetta and it was way too salty for me. I've had loads of bruschetta both here and in Italy and I've never had to pass it up because of saltiness. My entree was a special - shrimp and asparagus risotto with scallops. It was beyond delicious!! My husband had a penne and chicken dish that he enjoyed. My passion is gelato so we ordered a cherry gelato and a strawberry gelato. The presentation was fabulous - with whipped creme and a cookie in a beautiful glass dish. The gelato was just a bit "grainy" and not as creamy and dreamy as gelato in Italy. This was not a restaurant I would race to get back to but I'd stop in for more risotto if I was in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 11, 2021

The Ambiance was lovely, the staff was attentive. The food was excellent. my party had the Stuffed Branzino fish we all loved it. I will be visiting again.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 10, 2021 via mobile

Everything here was great, from the service to the food to the location. The wine was excellent!!! We came here the Saturday before Mother’s Day got a table for 6. 4 of us ordered the Branzino special and 2 ordered the Salmon and scallops fro...the menu. We also ordered the calamari, cheese/fruit platter & lobster bisque. They even sent to the table a hmm I want to say it was a primavera salad topped with strawberries! Oh it was sooo delicious! I will definitely go back when I come back in town to visit my family. I want to try the lobster ravioli hopefully it’ll still be on the menu!!! Definitely I recommend this place!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

My daughter and I visited this restaurant during a weekend getaway Winchester Virginia. The food and service were excellent! The tables were well spaced and the staff were “masked up”. The food far surpassed most Italian restaurants. The ambiance, food, and service make this restaurant...a “must “ on a trip to Winchester.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 18, 2021

Quaint setting. Prompt service. Ordered beverage and appetizer. Told could not order appetizer unless placed order for entrée. Did not have time to review menu after listening to evening specials. After review, placed order. Bread and bread sticks were presented. Bread was very dry and...pretty much tasteless. Main course of Lobster with ravioli and Veal Saltimbocca were excellent. Nice portions and all flavorful with great presentations.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 17, 2021 via mobile

This Italian restaurant is nothing more then average. Serving this cooking in Italy would be a shame. Also their measures against Covid are really not good. They fill up the restaurant and take off their mask as soon they are behind the counter. Scratching their...nose and then don't wash or disinfect hands. So when restaurant was full we only wanted to get out as soon as possible.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Riccardo S, Owner at Violino Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2021

Thank you for your review! I'm not sure what your credentials are to make such a disparaging comment about the cooking. Most of my family in Italy enjoy and praise me for my cooking every time I go over to stay with them. You must...More

Reviewed November 24, 2020

My husband and I had an amazing experience dining at Violino. I had the carbonara pasta, and my husband had the seasonal rissoto, but before having these we were surprised with a very tasty squash buttery soup on the house. We ended up ordering a...pint of that! And at the end, the chef sang happy aniversary to us, awesome! :) Highly recommend it!!!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2020

We went here one year for our Anniversary and plan to go back again this year. The food was very good and the service was great. The owner made us feel so welcome and it was a nice atmosphere. This is authentic Italian Cuisine, nice...environment. We truly enjoyed our visit and are looking forward to going back in October 2020. I recommend a visit to this restaurant if you are in the area, we happen to just come across it on a visit to NC.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed July 31, 2020 via mobile

In COVID times things are tough, but Violino was outstanding. Great service, complementary soup, and delicious meal with sizeable portions.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Jeffrey N
November 5, 2020|
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Response from Riccardo S | Property representative |
Yes, we have a Dolci Menu
June 9, 2019|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
maybe a little more than chain restaurants but you will receive excellent food and service. I've always found it to be higher cost for better food and wider menu selection.
sherry c
January 22, 2019|
Response from Riccardo S | Property representative |
Yes that is correct. Our last seating is at 8:45. I know it seems early but since we have been open, over 20 years, it hasn't been lucrative to stay open later than 9. As the years go by and the population changes we... More
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Violino Ristorante Italiano is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5