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About Al Sospiro Trattoria

Welcome to al Sospiro Trattoria. Since our inception, our goal has been to provide a restaurant where you could come and enjoy authentic Italian food, excellent wines, and a truly unique dining experience.

18035 Georgia Ave
Olney, MD 20832-2237
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM.
Friday- Saturday:5:30PM - 10:00PM.
CLOSED: Monday.

Cross Street:
Buehler Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 570-3185

Website:
http://www.alsospirotrattoria.com/

Additional:
Wine

Al Sospiro Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Casual (4)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Organic (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

1) served stale bread 2) took at least 30 mins. to get entrees 3) table not bussed in timely manner 4)grilled veal scalloping was tough and tasteless.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We booked a table for dinner before seeing a play at the nearby Olney Theater, and allowed about 75 mins. for our meal so that we would have ample time to drive to the play. We informed our server of the need for prompt service and she assured us there would not be a problem. Our drinks and appetizers arrived in a timely manner. However, we waited over 30 mins for our entrees, and conveyed our concern several times to the server, who assured us the meal would be coming "soon". It was served 10 mins prior to our departure time, requiring us to rush through the meal. The food was quite good and in other circumstances we would have enjoyed it thoroughly. But we were severely disappointed by the lack of attention to our timetable. There was no attempt to compensate for the delay by any type of discount on our bill.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent food, excellent ambience, excellent service. My favorite spot to eat Italian!!!
It's a place that is non-pretentious, like a small neighborhood Trattoria, but happens to have an amazing Chef that flexibly caters to your choices.
I can only recommend it emphatically...

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Olney when we feel like having a truly delicious meal in lovely surroundings without traveling far! It's a hidden gem!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Hands down one of the best restaurants in the Olney area

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The authentic cuisine served at this cozy Italian restaurant is outstanding, from the crusty bread with olive oil dip to the tasty dessert: mud cake served with vanilla ice cream. (Other dessert options were also tempting.) The menu and specials provide ample options for diners. The excellent entrees we ordered were served in generous portions: pan-seared tuna over grilled eggplant (at my request, the chef—who is also the owner—willingly substituted eggplant—or a choice of several other vegetables—for zucchini) and an unusual and well-prepared scaloppini featuring pork instead of veal. Individual glasses of wine were also generous (a $10 glass of Montepulciano, served in a small carafe, amounted to 1/3 of a bottle of wine). Service was attentive, friendly, and prompt. Al Sospiro was an all-around satisfying dining experience. My husband and I will certainly return to this restaurant, which is well-located for a pre-theater meal before attending a production at the Olney Theatre, 1 1/2 miles away.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Hidden, literally in the basement, community gem. Anxious to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Al Sospiro is one of my most favorite restaurants. The food never fails to amaze. I had the tuna and my friend had pasta with spinach. We both had the romaine grilled salad, which I dream about. Run, don't walk, this is a gem of a restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

It was 6P on a weeknight, nearly empty; good for me but hard to understand. Great pre-show choice for Olney Theater. The welcome was warm, the service was friendly, helpful, attentive. The food was genuine, tasty, and relatively quick. Wine list was nice and fairly priced. Excellent dinner and a great find!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Met the owner as it was a quiet evening and he was covering tables even though he usually cooks. His food is authentic and fantastic. He is a great guy too. He treated us like gold and of course we will be back. We have brought the family there in the past and it's always great. They don't have a bad day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

We arrived on time for our 5:30 reservation and didn't leave until 9:10! Service was to the point of being ridiculous! Food is good but don't go if you're in a hurry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Food was good Again! Seafood combo (fruit de Mer) wonderful as was the Beef Tenderloin. Cozy place to eat with friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Made Valentine's Day reservations and was seated immediately. The restaurant is in the basement of an old blacksmith's shop. Nice atmosphere, decor and ambiance. The food was superb and presented well. Service was nicely attentive, given that it was a special evening and the restaurant was full to overflowing. We will definitely return soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We had heard this restaurant was pricey, the food salty, and the room rather noisy but we found NONE of this to be true! Excellent meal! The food was of good value. We could easily carry on our conversation throughout dinner. We will definitely be coming back and enjoying dinner here again. Maybe even just drop by for dessert!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Excellent personal service by lady propriator. Charming presentation of options. Squisito cibo romano. Will return with friends at least once a month

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2017

excellent dinner meal...great selection of specials. great advice from our waitress on our meal choices

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Unfortunately we had to take our meal to go because our toddler was too loud for the quiet dining room and it had already been 40 minutes waiting for food. It's nice when restaurants don't rush you, but in this particular case I asked if we could get the order in right away since we don't have the luxury of taking our time to eat. Now I do realize food takes time to make and they don't have things pre-prepared but it still seemed longer than it should have been. (I've had the experience of working in nicer restaurants to be aware of what goes on in kitchens.) They were very nice to pack it up. Four person in agreement that the food was VERY salty. Even our beet salad was salty, beyond the pecorino cheese it seemed as if salt was added to it. Something in the plain side pasta lit our mouths on fire...possibly a pepper got mixed in there...? Overall, it was just OK and I don't think we'll be going back with or without a toddler.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, nice waitress. Very convenient to the Olney Theatre. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking fine dining in the Olney area.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2016

We were looking for a new place (for us) to celebrate a milestone birthday. Friends recommended Al Sospiro and we are really glad we went. Such a tiny, unassuming place but it had tremendously competent and friendly service by one woman who did it all. The food was great. We tried the house crostini and the basil oil over the romano made an outstanding start. I followed with the grilled romaine and my husband had the spinach salad; while neither is uncommon on menus, the quality of the prep was wonderful. Then we split an order of gorgonzola gnocchi; we'll be going back again just to have this comfort food dish. Main courses were the special of swordfish and the regular menu's tuna. While other reviewer's have commented on small portions, we did not find this to be the case so our main courses ended up being lunch the next day. All in all a very satisfying experience and we'll be back soon and often.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

First time visit. The food is excellent. They have a nice wine list and specialty cocktails. I rated the service as Very Good but the waitress was actually a bit inattentive and spend time with her regulars even though she could see that we were ready to pay and leave. Hopefully that's a one-off. We were delighted to discover this Olney restaurant (we live in Silver Spring) and we will be back--soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Restaurant is always lovely!! Staff is friendly. Food is AMAZING!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2016

We always love Al Sospiro's. It is one of our two favorites in Olney. Food and ambiance are great. Very homey!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2016

If you blink you'll miss this hidden gem in Olney next to a pizza place. We took our
out of town guests and they were impressed by the food and service. The Mahi Mahi was
done to perfection. A compliment worth noting from our Tidewater friends where fresh fish is
a way of life. The Lamb Chops were delicious and my Spaghetti alla Putanesca would be appreciated in any town in Southern Italy. The deserts, all homemade, are worth the calories. A relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 4, 2016

well worth the visit my only disappointment was the bread that comes with dinner a nice crusty Italian or French bread would start the dinner off better

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Wonderful and authentic Italian food! We love coming here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2016

I got my tripe, I was a happy camper. If you like Rome style Italian food, you will love Al Sospiro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2016

The pasta was overcooked it was too loud in there. funny taste to the seafood sauce. prices reasonable.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Always great food, great ambience and great service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This little unknown restaurant was quite a surprise. It is very quaint and cozy. Perfect for a romantic night out. A generous list of wine to choose from. The staff was very friendly. The food did take a bit longer than expected, but worth the wait. Pleasantly surprised and will return soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The place is in a down stairs cavern-like room with few tables. Problem was that it was so small we could hear the recitation of the evening specials over and over at each table. One of the waiters had a loud voice and seemed to be yelling. The smallness makes it an almost perfect neighborhood hideaway. But that also makes for a grating noise experience. At some point all the tables were filled and quiet returned. The food and service were outstanding. I'd like to go back at a better time. Not Mothers Day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Wonderful restaurant! Excellent food and fantastic service!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Brunch was lovely. Small, intimate room - much better for conversation. Very attentive wait staff and everyone seemed to enjoy their food and drink. I'm glad we decided on Al Sospiro for this special day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Asked if sausage was made in restaurant but never got an answer. It was dry and needed more spices/seasonings. Pasta was excellent as was rock fish. Hard to get attention of servers.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 19, 2016

The first time we went, we brought our two kids without thinking twice. We called ahead of time and asked for a high chair. We got there to find out that they don't have high chairs (don't know why they didn't tell us over the phone!) We had to turn around and leave. Still wanted to try it out so went back w/o kiddos and had a great experience! Food is excellent, service is outstanding. They were very accommodating to our dietary restrictions, too. Overall, a very good place to go in Olney! Just not for small kids.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Vday ripoff. Didn't know about the prix fix menu when I made the reservation - not that I would have acted differently but...per person price outrageous given quality of food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

feel strongly that we were taken advantage of due to Valentines day. Best course by far was the desert. Pretty bland throughout

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Tara and Tony have been at it for 9 years and the food and service is outstanding. We went there last Saturday night as a pre Valentine's Day dinner with one of our closest friends from out of town. The place was crowded, but as usual, the staff and owners treat you like you're the only guests in the restaurant. It's just one of our favorite places to eat and our last visit just reaffirmed it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

One would never guess this place is as great as it is. especially when you see where it is located, essentially in the lower level under a Dominoes carry out pizza place. No worries, it is not damp or cold and you don't even get a wiff of the pizza place wafting thru. The atmosphere is romantic for a couple, yet not overwhelming. I am NOT a hot salad person...but the grilled romaine salad was a total winner in my book. The chef never disappoints you and my wife and I go back every Valentine's day and other days as well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We had a date night here and it was the perfect spot. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the service was great too. The food was also very good, although my Rockfish was just slightly overcooked and the potatoes were a little greasy for my liking. However, I had a grilled romaine salad with blue cheese that was out of this world. This was our first time here and we'll definitely be back to try more!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2016

My wife and I have not found a restaurant in Olney that we have really enjoyed until we came to Al Sospiro. The quaint ambiance, attentive service, delicious food and fair prices were a surprise delight. We will definitely visit again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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