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“Beyond and beneath any reasonable standard of "awful".”

Pistone's Italian Inn
Ranked #57 of 367 Restaurants in Falls Church
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Falls Church, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beyond and beneath any reasonable standard of "awful".”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We waited A GOOD HOUR for our meal to arrive. We actually saw other parties arrive well after our order was taken, and get their meals BEFORE ours arrived. One (smallish) bread basket was offered for a table of 10; more was requested but none was forthcoming. The pasta was probably made on site, but the tomatoes were straight out of a can (in an Italian restaurant? INEXCUSABLE).

We had to get up, confront the waiter, twice, before we got our bill. If I had had exact change, the tip would have been ZERO (in retrospect, I'm sorry I just didn't walk out, thirty minutes into this debacle). With so many excellent restaurants right there in Seven Corners, we haven't the foggiest just how this establishment remains in business.

  • Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Falls Church, VA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Old Style Charm”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place is great. The decor is very old style, but fun. The servers seem to have been there forever, but that means they can offer great dining advice, and they are always friendly and we always get great service. The chicken cannelloni is excellent, as is the gnocchi, and the fresh bread and olive tapenade is some of the best around.
For desert, the Tiramisu is the best I have ever had, and I've tried a few!
All around an excellent experience and one of our alltime favorites.

  • Visited February 2013
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NJ
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Family Friendly Italian Restaurant outside DC”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our daughter's family just moved back from Hawaii to Virginia. To celebrate we decided to return to Pistone's Italian Inn for a return trip to memory lane. It was great. They sat our entire family and gave quick and courteous service. I had the carbornada which came in a half size portion which was big enough for me. Others had spaghetti & meatballs, eggplant parm or sea food dishes. All was enjoyed so much we took nothing home.
Pistone's is decorated in a real traditional Italian Restaurant, right out of a Billy Joel song. It's menu is extensive and the food is not expensive. A good choice for any night out for a drink and dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank 76irv
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
265 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Average food, Nice servers”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Pistones has actually cleaned up a bit in the past few years. Oh sure, the decor still looks like something straight out of the 70's, but at least it is clean now. Gone is the huge salad bar - which is really a negative. It was at least inventive and fun! But I can understand how expensive it must have been to keep that huge bar of fresh food up when there never seem to be many customers in the place. We went for dinner tonight and quite literally were the ONLY people in the joint. My spaghetti with meatballs was fine, nothing to write home about. My husband had a chicken dish with proscutto and cheese in a marsala sauce - he liked it.
Our server was very attentive and nice.
All in all, Pistones is an average restaurant. Nothing special. Oh hey - they do have free parking! :)

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank PriusGirlVA
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Corrales, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
353 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Old Italian”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Great food at a reasonable price. Old Italian with a bar and sometimes live music. A great secret place to go

Visited November 2012
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