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Mad Italian

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.

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Italian, Pizza, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed June 28, 2020

We were driving south from a 10-day road trip to New England, retuning to Florida. We stopped for the night as the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Petersburg, VA and ventured out to enjoy a good dinner after a ten hour day drive....We had noticed the Mad Italian was featured on our hotel search engine and inquired of the desk clerk, Terrell at the Inn about the restaurant. He noted he had not been there personally but had heard good things about it. The Mad Italian was roughly a mile away so we ventured to check it out. Given we had driven from Massachusetts through multiple states and Covid-19 restrictions, we were unsure what if any restrictions were in force in VA. We pulled in to the restaurant parking lot and it appeared it was open for inside dining. We ventured in, were welcomed and seated at a table socially distanced from some other diners. Rachelle our server noted that VA allowed limited inside dining which had just begun. We ordered a full carafe of Wine and viewed the extensive menu featuring a wide selection of Italian and American fare. I ordered "The Pair" which was a duo plate of lasagna and spaghetti with meat sauce. My wife ordered a lasagna dish and after a long day of driving the wine and meal was the perfect remedy to relax and recharge not to mention quench a thirst and hungry appetite. Our meals were served with garlic toast and our plates arrived piping hot. I think they might have topped off each plate with melted cheese which was wonderful. We learned the Mad Italian has been continuously operating for 45 years and as our meal was nearing an end, the wife/owner came over and asked how we enjoyed our meal. Fabulous was the reply and we had a bit of a conversation about being in business for 45 years, whereupon I said, " you must have been 15 years old when you started, you look so young!" She assured me she was much older than 15 and we all had a good laugh.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed January 20, 2020

We had a late lunch and everything was great. From the Greek salad to the spaghetti and chicken parm.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 19, 2019

This restaurant is definitely the travelers gem! Delicious food, excellent service, and easy on your wallet. Unusual and unique decor. The Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse in Petersburg, VA is a must visit if you are in the tri-city area. You will be most pleased.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed July 25, 2019

My wife and I went to lunch with two other couples. All but two had something different and all dishes were very good. I had a steak sub with fries; my wife and another person had a mini pizza; another person had the buffalo wings;...another had the grilled chicken salad; and another had the lasagna. All enjoyed the meal and all said they would definitely go back. It had been a couple of years since we had last eaten there but it was just as good as I remembered.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 22, 2019

our hotel clerk recommended this restaurant about 3 miles from our hotel. We were welcomed like family and treated that way throughout the meal. Everything was delicious. They make they own creamy Italian dressing that can be bought to take home. Highly recommended

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

When a restaurant is rated in the top 10 its always a must try, I'm glad we did. Myself and nine others thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food was prepared fresh, cooked to order. My wife and myself ordered the Italian Sampler which came with...a nice salad and bread, my son ordered their bourbon street steak with a baked potato, salad and bread. Unlike the usual issues with chain restaurants nobody in our group had to send anything back to the kitchen. The waitstaff was very polite and prompt, the manager stopped by our table and thanked us for our business. If you in this area and looking for a nice down home family atmosphere restaurant I strongly recommend giving them a try. We are planning another visit soonMore

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 25, 2019 via mobile

I was looking for dinner option that was not fast food. Saw the special on marquee pasta and sauce $6.99 to go. Gave it a try and it was delicious.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 22, 2019

This place is such a beautiful little find. Came in with the family and ordered a pizza along with some pasta dishes. Salads were fluffy and fresh, sauces on the pasta were perfect, and the pizza was to die for. Our server was so sweet...and the owner greeted us like one of the family. We later found out the place has been in business for over 40 years. Bravo to the owner, he and his family must be doing something right! Would highly recommend for anyone wanting some authentic Italian in the Petersburg area. This place really outshines all the others.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

I stopped by because they are ranked 6/100. Everything seemed a bit-an odor as I walked in, weird decor, odor in the bathroom. The two servers looked tired and did not want to be there. I had a just mediocre steak hoagie ( Rosa’s and...Roma’s are larger and tastier). The French were poor. I like the garlicky sauce on the pizza. But the pizza dough was off—did not seem fresh made. There are many better restaurants in the area. They do have a military discount. Plenty of parking.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 14, 2019

First time here and since the place got great reviews, I thought let’s try it! Family of four and everyone ordered something different. The spaghetti with meatballs-meatballs looked freeze burn and was buried over the sauce. The plate had a lot of water based sauce..., needless to say it didn’t taste fresh at all. The Alfredo tasted awful! It was pasty looking n just didn’t look right! And the shrimp Parmesan was just as bad. The sauce used for spaghetti seemed to be used for all the dishes. We no more than got out side salads and within minutes later all our meals arrived! It was like it was all heated up from a microwave. I rarely complain yet this was a time I couldn’t bare spending the many for what we were getting? It was a mystery! Paid 17 .00 fior four small salads n drinks. The service staff was friendly but who over is in control of the kitchen needs to call Chef Ramsey for help!!! He walks in and sees what’s served he would be raising hell !!! Would not recommend to no one !!!!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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They have a private dining room and a huge dining room. I suggest making a reservation for that large of a group, but yes, they can handle large groups of that size
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