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Reviewed July 23, 2023

We have been dining at Violino for many years. Last night our family enjoyed a variety of food including the seafood special (swordfish), filet mignon and the trio of raviolis. The special appetizer of stuffed zucchini blossoms is something we anticipate with delight every summer....There is always a surprise intermezzo using seasonal ingredients. The homemade lemon gelato is exquisite. If you are looking for a very special dining experience with delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and attentive staff, Violino is the place to find it.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 2, 2023 via mobile

Visited this restaurant based on the many 5 star reviews. The food was very good but a little overpriced, and the waitress, while friendly was unhelpful. When asked if a dish contained garlic, she said "I have no idea." When asked where the house sauvignon...blanc was from she said "I have no idea." We asked her to ask the chef about which entree to choose with the least garlic, and what was ordered as a result had more garlic than we like. I was also not pleased by the answer to my question about substituting an item in a dish. The answer "The chef won't substitute." was off-putting, especially when I was told it would be an extra charge to add another vegetable to replace the one I did not want. I don't want to sound too critical because we had a pleasant evening & the ambiance was nice, but a little more customer friendliness would have gone a long way. By the way, the breadsticks were amazing.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Riccardo Stocco, Owner at Violino Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2023

Ciao! Thank you for your review. I understand that it may seem that the food is priced too high. We try to keep cost down as much as possible but with the ongoing inflation, supply fluctuations and the minimum wage going up $5 per hour...More

Reviewed June 28, 2023

Went there for 47th Anniversary dinner. 7:30 pm seating, and the place was quite busy. We ordered our food, and waited an HOUR for it. They served us some bread (thin breadsticks, and tasted stale). Two small pieces of bruschetta bread, and brought some bland...olive oil with it. Not very appetizing. Their water, which they topped off every 5 minutes, was tepid tap water. No ice at all. Out entrees finally arrived, after prompting 2 servers, and although my wife enjoyed her entree, mine had little taste, and was served with One (count 'em -1) roasted new potato, cut in half. BTW, the place had largely cleared out by the time we were served. There was also some kind of fruit on the plate, and although I like fruit, I don't particularly care for it mixed with the sauce of my entree. I ate half of it, and took up my wife on her offer to take the rest home and spice it up a bit for lunch the next day. We had 3 or 4 ladies serve us, so I was not clear on who our server was. They wear no name tags, so I guess we are supposed to call them "Hey, you". I phoned the restaurant when we got home, and the manager stated that the entree I ordered took extra long to prepare. I told her I would have appreciated that information at order time, rather than keep it a big secret, and sit there for an hour, waiting for who knows how long. We have eaten here for many years, mostly for special occasions, but will most likely not return here.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Riccardo Stocco, Owner at Violino Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2023

Hello and thank you for your review! I'm sorry you had such an unpleasant experience and that you had to wait so long for your food. I recall your table and your impatience for your food. You ordered a stuffed chicken dish and since I...More

Reviewed June 5, 2023

We wanted a nice place for us to celebrate our Wedding anniversary of many years ago. ! We remembered the Italian traditions when we were growing up in the south end of Hartford Ct. We made a great choice ! This place is pure Italian...food. When we go to a new restaurant we use the" Calamari Test". If they can cook Calamari properly, we will have a good dinner. They passed the test with flying colors. I had Lasagna (Genovese) and my wife had "Special # 12". Both were superb !!! I had never had Lasagna without red sauce. Excellent. As touch of old style, the chef sent out a taste of a soup ! Great soup !! We definitely enjoyed our dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 25, 2023

Excellent food and service. Everything is freshly made and tasty. Food presentation is excellent! While the menu has a great selection, the specials of the day will give you more options to choose from. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. This restaurant is attentive to...the special dietary needs of their patrons, ensuring that food allergies are addressed as part of the initial encounter. WELL DONE!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 24, 2023 via mobile

A beautiful meal and atmosphere. We had the appetizer special consisting of an assortment of meats. It was very delicious. We had the lasagne and gluten free pasta with pesto for our meal. Both were excellent. The chef sent out an asparagus soup which was...fabulous. The desserts were plated beautiful and tasted divine. The service was excellent. Our water glasses were never less than half empty and our server was so friendly! A wonderful date night out.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed December 3, 2022 via mobile

Absolutely delicious meal and excellent service. If we lived near this place we would go every week just to try each menu item.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

Been going to this restaurant for many years. Prices have gone up / quality has gone down. Last night we had an appetizer, two entrees and a 1/2 carafe of wine. With tax and tip, the bill was $150. Pasta with the seafood dish was...stuck together. Tried to separate the pasta, with knife and fork, ended up leaving the blob of pasta on plate. My wife’s veal dish was excellent. Be prepared to pay 11.5% tax (state & local). We will not be back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022

Everything about this restaurant was amazing. Hostess and wait staff were very accommodating - the hostess even provided local winery ( including phone and address) suggestions. The food - lamb chops and veal entrees and zucchini blossoms stuffed with crab were delicious. Other guests were...even treated to a Happy Birthday serenade in Italian. Just wish I lived closer than Pittsburgh.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at the restaurant. It has a feel of being in Italy because of the decor, the excellent food, the food choices, the incredibly friendly staff. Upon a recommendation we decided to try the restaurant. It was near our hotel. Violino is...a reason to stay overnight in Winchester, VA!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic food and attentive staff. Loved sitting out in the courtyard. Everything we ate was delicious. Homemade pasta & specialty coffee drinks were our favorites.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022

Me and my wife went for our 56th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent, Service was superb. Didn't expect to be serenaded by a violinist and the owner. A wonderful experience all around. 10/10

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful evening! The menu was exciting - it offered a wide variety of tempting options. The staff was very welcoming...table visits by the owner family really made you feel welcomed. We had a wonderful supper meal with drinks and dessert. Couple this with...exceptional table service, and you have a dining experience you cannot miss!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 26, 2022

My first time at Violino's was a recent business dinner with a group of eight. We were greeted and seated promptly and courteously. Our orders for drinks were taken and quickly fulfilled. We were given an elaborate explanation of the specials, several of which we...ordered, along with an array of appetizers. The food (I had one of the excellent veal dishes) and wine (a selection of Italian reds), along with the attentive service, were appreciated by all of us in my group. My problem came with the dessert. Our waiter offered several, but especially touted the gelato made in house by his father (!). As an occasional traveler to Italy and a big fan of gelato, how could I choose otherwise? Unfortunately, the several flavors of gelato in my dish all tasted the same to me, and more critically, they had none of the light creaminess of Italian gelato. My three gelato balls tasted frozen and freezer burned, and they were icy, more like sorbet than gelato. That's the only reason my five-star review ended up as a 4.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed December 26, 2021

My wife and I took our middle son and his family for a December 23 family dinner. We all had something different and every single dish was great. Included in the dishes around the table were duck, ossobuco, lobster, fish stew, ravioli, cornish hens, and...a fish dish. We had calamari as an appetizer. Everything was absolutely delicious. The wait staff was on top of it and the ambiance was perfect. Couldn't recommend this place more.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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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.
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