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“Classic old school Italian in heart of Alexandria”

Landini Brothers Incorporated
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Ranked #2 of 759 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: Lee Street and King Street
Transit: King Street Metro stop, about 16 blocks away from the restaurant.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
257 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Classic old school Italian in heart of Alexandria”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

I'm a big fan of Landini Bros, as I eat here often. Mostly for business lunches and casual dinners with friends. I've also hosted private dinner events for my staff in the upstairs rooms, so I've experienced most of the service/food. Some people are put off by how dark it is inside but this is because Landini's stays (somewhat) true to how the restaurant would have looked/felt 200 years ago. The building is an historic building (brought up to code) so the old beam ceiling is low. White table cloths help, as do the waiter uniforms. The waiters are great, they really know the menu well, are usually pretty attentive and if they recognize you will greet you by name and give you a good table in the main room near the bar. The place can get a bit noisy on Thurs and Fri nights but conversation here is still much easier than, say, Café Milano in Georgetown.

The menu is extensive, and I would say it leans more toward southern Italian cooking versus northern Italian. Heavier red sauces, meaty pasta dishes abound. They almost always have excellent veal chops and you can basically get veal scallopini any way you want it (Marsala, picatta, etc.) same with the chicken. It's all good, if a bit rich at times. They also have terrific fish, I've never had a bad fish meal here, and during certain times of the year they have full sized scampi that they grill, head on, and serve over a bed of arugula. The branzino is typically good, and the gnocci is another dish they do very well. All in all I've rarely had a meal here that I didn't like. They also have lobster all the time, and they make a nice chilled lobster salad served with asparagus and avocado, it's basically half a Maine lobster on a platter but it's outstanding for lunch. The wine list is pretty good and not outrageously expensive but then again I wouldn't say there are any screaming bargains on it either. The wine prices are more or less "market correct" for the place.

I definitely recommend Landini's for business lunches/dinners, and for romantic evenings if you are in Alexandria. Would I drive here from the District for dinner versus eating at some of the great restaurants in the District - hmm, probably not. But if you are in Alexandria or Rosslyn, yeah, it's worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank rossvesq
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good, but over-priced”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Landini Brothers is good, not great. I had the fish and honestly, it was bland. I thought it was expensive for the size of the portion. The atmosphere is Italian and the waiters were prompt and efficient. Perhaps I should have tried a different dish. I was aiming for a healthy fish meal and perhaps it was not their best dish on the night that I visited. The service was very good.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank KittyKatOBX
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Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and great atmosphere”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

My husband insisted we go and eat here ( he ate here 26 years ago). I had read several reviews and was not sure. After eating here I was dumbfounded at the negative comments about the food and prices. It was a wonderfully tasteful meal and well worth the price. The atmosphere was quaint and inviting. I also have two teenagers who are sometimes picky eaters...cleaned their plates!! I would highly suggest....

Thank Nicole W
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Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Overrated-over priced and average”
Reviewed June 27, 2014

The meal was average at best. Its not bad but no where as good as the reviews I read here. The price of the meal is extremely over priced for the amount of food we received. Service was also average. Had to look for the waiter on several occasions and it was not even that crowded yet.

  • Visited June 2014
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Owasso, Oklahoma
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food in a Great Location”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Had dinner here one night and food was very good and great atmosphere. Spaghetti and meatballs wasn't on the menu but they were able to fill our order and it was very tasty.Certainly a great place to eat in the heart of Alexandria.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank ddoyle17
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