Al Fresco Italian Restaurant
We went for restaurant week although we have been to Al Fresco many times before. The food was not as well done or tasty as usual. It was clear that this was "different" than on a regular night. I had ordered the salmon, which I have had on previous visits, and although the salmon was cooked perfectly the sauce was just fair and the presentation not as lovely as usual. If I hadn't eaten there many times over so very many years, it would not have drawn me back.
We had a group of 6. Food was delicious and service was excellent! Everyone left happy!
I felt like we were ignored and placed in a corner, while the owner and his buddies got great service.
We decided to go here for a last 2019 meal. It was ok. Calamari wasn’t the best. Bruschetta sauce seemed to be out of a can, didn’t taste fresh as I’m used to having it. Main dish was delicious for me, everyone else at the table said meh for them. Their parmigiana was drowned in sauce and cheese that it made the chicken taste soggy. The waitress was amazing though and very prompt. Seems to be a pretty friendly place.
Food was great, as always. Did a great job since it was New Year's Eve in ensuring food was hot and drinks were filled. Great place...
As we entered the restaurant, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The owner checked on us a couple times. The wait staff helped each other in serving us which spoke highly on how they work so well together, seemingly concerned more on the customers, than on getting a good tip. Ironically, by serving in such a way, the tip was much higher. They clearly explained specials and any accommodations we might need. I have eaten here several times over the years and the food is always excellent. This time the chef prepared a special "TRIO" dinner that topped all the other meals I have eaten here. I commented to the waiter and the owner of such, saying "it was so good that if I were a Catholic, I'd have to go to confession!"
Truly a wonderful dining experience.
Another great evening and visit.. The place looked great decked out for the holidays!
Truly a special experience!! Our server Trevor was exceptional. The food fantastic. We had a tortelloni appetizer with a great lite sauce. The veal tender and delicious with a raisin pine nut sun dried tomato Marsala type sauce. The flounder piccata perfect.
Simply a great time!!
Was a super evening great to see the place set for Christmas and everything from Wines to desert and drinks were great! Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg
Always excellent experience...been eating at Al Fresco's for 20 yrs
Great food. The server was as nice as she could be without being intrusive. The manager was great and came by to ensure the experience was excellent. I highly recommend the chicken Marsala.
Great food, excellent service, and great atmosphere.
Server was attentive and friendly. Food was slow in coming. Veal chop was tough/rubbery. Thanks.
I told my husband on the way home that I had found everything delicious - from the tasty salad, delicious bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese, to the entree of chicken marsala. AND it was a great value! We'll definitely be back!
Consistently great food & service! Love Al Fresco!
Food was mediocre. The place seemed like they were trying to make everything fancy but it was just class c food. It wasnt bad, but probably wont go back
This is by far one of my favorite italian restaurants. They know and understand italians. Freshly grated cheese is offered for your soup and salad. Balsamic vinegar is available for your bread or salad. They know we like tomatoes in a salad. Outstanding homemade pastas. Fresh never wilted salads. Wait staff is always helpful and all have great customer service.
This is my favorite restaurant! I always enjoy it and I have often brought friends and family here. It is my go-to restaurant to impress out of town guests.
This restaurant is amazing! We have been coming for the past 5 years. We are always welcomed with a smile, and depart with best wishes. Food is amazing, prices are beyond fair, and the staff / owners are a delight. Highly recommend!! Cheers
Great restaurant. Food, service, ambiance all top-notch!
Another great visit was glad we had the chance to stop in!! Ella did a great job caring for us and all was great wine thru after dinner drinks.. Super.. Look forward to our next visit. Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg
As usual, consistently excellent. We have never had a negative experience.
Always a great meal. Tonight’s special was the best.
People at the next table saw my special entre and they commented this is the best Italian food bar none in the extended area.
They are originally from New York as are we and we share the same opinion.
We had a wonderful and delicious dining experience. Excellent food and excellent service!!!
Great little Italian spot in Newport News when you need a break from chains!
Excellent, as usual! The chicken del bosco was wonderful. All 4 of us enjoyed the food, wine, and experience. My favorite restaurant on the peninsula!
We love Al Fresco and enjoyed our third dinner there within the last 4 weeks. Only problem was that the service was extremely slow and we waited about 80 minutes for our dinner. Food was great. We appreciate the kitchen's willingness to substitute!
We love this restaurant and the food. However, our server was not very attentive or personal. And this is very unusual for this restaurant. She was more interested in her customers who are regulars.
Great place - the food is great, service is attentive and the mood is casual. I highly recommend.
After reading the reviews, we tried this restaurant with anticipation. Unfortunately it was met with disappointment. The wine was the best part of our evening! Our server was not well versed in the menu and inattentive. The food was average at best. After a long wait for our entrees, the chef made a mistake with my order and asked if I wanted it remade or if it would be acceptable. I went ahead and accepted it only to see it was a "veal" version of the chicken dish my friend ordered. The veal was very tough and overcooked. Kudos to those who left good reviews. Maybe we went on a bad night .
I can't get out of the Veal Marcella. Every time I come, this one is special.
Wonderful food, service and atmosphere.
We always enjoy our visits to Al Fresco. Their food is always wonderful and the servers are all very pleasant.
We always enjoy the food, the service, and overall ambiance.
Excellent food and service. We came in late but never felt rushed.
Many authentic Italian entrees to choose from. The service was amazing! Good wine options. The seafood specials were raved about by others in our party. The gluten free pasta was very good also.
As usual, the food, service, and atmosphere were excellent.
Another great evening with our friends - Table was ready and great Hello when we showed up and things got better from there.. Ella did a super job caring for us the wines great as always the food was super from Appetizers thru deserts, after dinner drinks - Wayne appreciate the Creme D'Mint.. Great nite.. Look forward to the next visit..
Nice ambiance, white table cloths yet casual restaurant. Nice enough for a special night out or a weekday dinner. Our food came quickly and hot. Nice size portions of linguine with clams in white wine sauce and a spaghetti with pancetta in a creamy pesto sauce. both were very tasty. Came with salads which were basic house salads, but very adequate, and delicious garlic toasts. Server was very good, quick to refill water glasses. Seemed to mostly be an older crowd...but would recommend. Moderately priced.