Al Sospiro Trattoria
Food and drinks are phenomenal. Service is great and so friendly. A gem in our neighborhood.
I really love the grilled romaine salad and will return.
Service was very, very slow. One hour and 10 minutes from Time we ordered to when food arrived. When it came, the server spilled the soup in my companions lap. She said sorry and gave us one extra napkin to clean up the mess. No assistance and no replenishment of spilled soup or offers of substitute food. My steak was very tough with gristle in every bite. Finally when we made it known that we were now late for the play, it took over 10 minutes to get our check. Needless to say I will never go back and will do everything in my power to let all of Olney know about this absolutely terrible experience.
I have eaten at Al Sospiro at least 6 times a year with white friends and loved the restaurant. The food and service were always excellent. However, when I was there on 8/31/19 with my son (we are African American) we experienced the worse service imaginable. We were the third table seated that evening, followed by at least seven additional tables. We were the last of the tables to be served each course and became aware of this only because we waited so long each time and because people at the next table eventually commented about it. After waiting an excessive amount of time to receive our check, we began leaving and only then were we given the check. Everyone who had arrived after us were long gone. The waitress made it crystal clear that African Americans are not welcome there.
Excellent Italian dishes. Salads were our start with mussels. Dinner was pasta and mixed meats dish. They were excellent and prepared perfectly. Wines were very good. Real Italian pasta dishes!!!
Excellent food and service small and personable. A winner !
Great food. Excellent service. Loved the design of the interior.
Very good food. Adequate service but a bit lacking.
This is one of our favorite restaurants - Chef Antonio is fabulous as well as the delicious desserts made by his wife Tara. Staff is very efficient and friendly. I always recommend this restaurant and have taken many friends and family. It is outstanding!
We came here to celebrate our anniversary. It's a hidden gem in our neighborhood. We love the friendly, quiet atmosphere. Our older teen kids came this time, too. The food was delicious! The lamb, eggplant parm and pasta dishes were all delicious. I had the eggplant parm w/ a side of mushrooms. It was light, flavorful, layered and not bogged down with fried batter. Perfect! The grilled romaine salad app was great--so unusual. The service was excellent. I would definitely recommend coming here!
One of our favorite places to dine! Always a wonderful experience! Antonio is a fabulous chef, Tara is an amazing baker and hostess, and the staff is always friendly :)
This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. Ruth was our server and works very hard to give personal attention to every table. I feel like they could have one more server there, on busy nights (Friday and Saturday). The wait time before we were greeted at our table was too long, but the food is so good, it’s worth the wait.
four people, four great meals, four happy tummies...it’s been our favorite restaurant for years and the new menu has introduced some new temptations...
Great find in our neighborhood. Tasty, interesting food, generous drink, friendly service (by the owner and chef in our case...slow night). We'll go back.
Burrata was delicious served with nice tomatoes. I had the lamb chops and they were prepared just as ordered. We had a new waiter who did an admirable job - very attentive.
Excellent mussels to start with along with salad. Pasta dish and pork dishes were excellent. Very good flavors and taste.
My husband and I went to Al Sospiro Trattoria to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
The place is small and intimate.
It is a Mom and Pop place. We were welcomed when we arrived and told to pick any table available.
Service was nice, and the food was delicious.
We would come again
We had wanted to try this restaurant for several months and had menu choices selected before arriving. Upon arriving, we were disappointed to see that the menu had been recently changed to a more American-Italian style, and that most authentic Italian items we were interested in no longer appeared. But the owner/chef did make dishes for us that we wanted, so overall we were happy and will return. It was a Tue, slow and quiet, so the owner was kind and able to accommodate us. Quality of food is quite good.
Very intimate authentic Italian Restaurant in Olney MD. The food is always outstanding. Service is slow on nights the restaurant is very busy....it’s worth the wait tho.
I can't stop thinking about how delicious the Swordfish was!!! I'm glad to have it back on the regular menu! Out of this world fabulous!
We have dined here before. The food is always good and fresh. We started with grilled romaine salad and spinach salad. We shared a pasta. For entrees we had the eggplant parm and the seafood stew/soup. All delicious. We enjoy the atmosphere with the owner always present. The only negative was the service. Our server was a nice, personable and polite young man. His second day on the job and, I suspect, his second day as a server. The other server and the owner helped us get forgotten drinks and entree, but I would expect them to hire experienced staff. The other server has waited on us before and is terrific.
We just had a wonderful experience and the food was outstanding!
Service was fair at best. Restaurant was almost empty. My entree was cold and bread was stale. Have been before and had excellent food and service.
My daughter and I had an amazing Mother's Day dinner at al Sospiro Trattoria. Our waiter was exceptional. He made me a delicious mixed drink that wasn't on the menu. Our food was out of this world. My daughter had the spaghetti and said, "This is what real spaghetti tastes like!" I had the linguine ai frutti di mare which was equally as delicious. The dessert menu was varied with a lot of tempting options. We got the pina colada bread pudding and chocolate red wine cake. Both were terrific. We will definitely go back. Perhaps our best restaurant experience of all time!
I really want to love this place, but I just don't. My friends enjoy it, so I go back hoping for it to surprise me, but each time it doesn't. The staff are super friendly and work hard to make your visit a good one. During my last visit, the (engaging) servicer was slow and my appetizer (mussels) was fine, but my entree (a spicey pasta) lacked flavor.
Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. A first time there and we will be back.
Very nice wines to start a relaxing dinner. Also shared salads and meatballs. Very delicious. Dinners were pastas and chicken dishes. All very good. Server was busy but was very good with us. Very attentive!
A quiet, friendly Italian atmosphere. The food is excellent, and the service was attentive. Chairs could be a little more comfortable (they're wooden without cushions) and it would be nice to hear more Italian music in the background.
The service was very slow almost painfully. It may be quite awhile for me to go back. The servers were all new and not knowledgeable, one of the servers was scowling. That was a huge put off.
-A most unpleasant dining experiences.
- We chose this restaurant upon the recommendation of a friend; we were taking my 90 year old mobility challenged mother out for a birthday dinner and a show at the Olney Theatre Center. Informed by my friend that the entrance and main part of the restaurant were on separate floors and that there was no elevator. When I called to inquire about an alternative entrance, I was told that we could be seated upstairs on the entrance level. We arrived to find the upper level was a small, unused room with 4 small outdoor bistro tables pushed together against a wall, with 1 runner and set for 8 people. (Another group of 4, some with mobility challenges, arrived at the same time and seated themselves at the table for 8; they were apparently told the same thing)
-A hostess arrived after a few minutes and seemed flummoxed at the idea of separating and resetting the tables. She said she couldn't do that because she only had one runner. We separated the 4 tables into 2 groups, I reset the place settings and we sat down without a tablecloth.
-We had been at the restaurant for 30 minutes when a waitress came to our table to tell us about the daily specials. We had not yet received menus. Menus arrived, we placed out order (2 salads and an order of mussels for appetizers and 2 pastas to share for dinner) and informed the waitress that we had 8:00 theatre tickets.
-The 2 salads arrived at 7:15. The mussels arrived by a different server at 7:30. We reminded her of our 8:00 curtain and requested that the pastas be cancelled. The pastas came up within minutes. We shared one dish, but did not have time to eat the second order. One of my sisters went downstairs to get a take out container and the check.
-The dining room downstairs looked lovely, but in spite of asking, noone at the restaurant would volunteer information about how to access it without having to descend a long staircase. Terrible atmosphere upstairs and customer service.
The food is really good, but the service was a bit chaotic. We will still go back, but maybe not when it is so busy.
Always excellent Italian food, wine, wonderful service and great atmosphere.
What a lovely intimate ambiance. The food was fantastic, we had the swordfish and cod specials. Service was outstanding and the waiter recommended we share the salad. It was a large portion and perfect to share. This will move to one of my top 5 places to dine.
Maybe the best prepared salmon I’ve ever had. Everything seems perfectly prepared. Reasonable wine prices. Going downstairs and eating in the basement diminishes things a trifle for me. Excellent service.
Started with nice relaxing Martini and vino. Salads to start and were very good. Main dishes pasta and fabulous pork chop. Server was very nice friendly and good considering how busy she was.
This place is a hidden gem. Food is amazing, service impeccable. I love the ambience, the paintings and murals on the walls. I tell everyone I know about it.
This was my third time here and I enjoy the food and the whole ambiance of this restaurant. I go to Rome every other year or so and it reminds me of Italy.
The service could have been a little more professional. The server was pouring water and opening up wine while telling us of the specials, but at times I thought it was difficult for her to do two things at once and not focus on the customer. Quail was ordered but she came back 10 minutes later to let us know that dish was not available, instead of knowing the menu and making a recommendation that would have been comparable.
Good Martini to start the night. Pasta veal sauce and pork dishes outstanding!
Great food served quickly with a personal touch. Great first visit for dinner was with friends. Took the hubby there for dinner because he loves Italian food. Another grrat dining experience!