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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Vito Ristorante Italiano - CLOSED

San Vito Ristorante Italiano
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Centreville, Virginia
Level Contributor
179 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This is the third or fourth restaurant in this location and by far the best. The entrees rival the best in NYC and the appetizers are wonderful. Try the grilled calimari. It is an complete meal in itself. The warm bread presented with a plate of fresh pesto and parmesan fills you up so that you have to box half your entree. There is also a bar area with large TVs to catch your favorite team. The desserts leave a bit to be desired but who has room after the dinner.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Mary Kay D
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16 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Centreville, Virginia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Little Italian Bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My wife and I were out for a walk and broke our journey at San Vito. It was Wednesday, half-price bottles of wine. We had a Tempranillo, and held ourselves to a glass each because we had a mile walk home, light bodied and fruity. I had ravioli with mushrooms and a spinach like vegetable with a Caesar salad. Very tasty and nicely presented. The bread and pesto were excellent. My wife had lasagna, but she judged it fairly average as lasagna goes, nothing to write home about. Service was friendly and attentive. Place used to be Milano's then something else. This is a real step up!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank expattyke
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Virginia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Italian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

My wife and I went with a Loving Social voucher and did what it was supposed to: exposed us to a restaurant that we will return to. We got there before the dinner rush so we had time to sit quietly while we worked with Erin to decide what to get. The voucher was the best deal ever and we ended up taking more than half of every course (except dessert) home. Food was pretty authentic, very nice presentation and taste, and surprisingly large portions relative to the menu prices. That, plus service, are all on the plus side. On the down side, seems like the expresso/cappuccino machine wasn't working. Also a slight mismatch between decor/interior and the menu. Menu seems to reach for upscale (and does a nice job) but the interior isn't reaching that high. Folks can dress casually and not feel out of place. Nice touch posting the retail cost of the wine in the wine menu - helps people know they are not getting ripped off with a 3X mark-up. Our bottle has a ~1.5X mark-up. By the time we left, many parties and families came in and took away the atmosphere for quite conversation. Without the coupon, two full apps, a large salad (which Erin split into seperate plates), two entrees, two dessers and two coffees and a bottle of nice Chianti came to under $100 (with tax, before tip). A great Centreville find.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank GladMartin
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Fairfax, VA
Level Contributor
80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A good local Italian restaurant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Made a last minute decision to drop by for a quick bite for lunch with my family recently.
The place was much bigger than expected. It is casual but well kept.
The service was non-intrusive and the cesar salad was good with its dressing not too overpowering.
We had lunch specials on Sunday. The chicken was rather dry but the pasta was el dente. Kids loved the pasta.
The bread was fresh. We did not have room for the desert because the portions were generous.
Looks like we will be back to try the dinner on another occasion.

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank ddkmdFairfax_VA
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Went from great to average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

When San Vito first opened the food was a major plus as was the service. As the months passed the food seemed to dip a little as did the service. It is still a good local Italian restaurant but I would now have to say it is average to others in the area.

Visited November 2011
Helpful?
Thank Verde1001
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