Casa Nostra

4.1
109 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in charming downtown Leesburg, Casa Nostra brings exceptional Italian cuisine to life with bold expressions of color, texture and artistry in every dish.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 777-1983
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
William Walden
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Parking details
Garage available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 109 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you’re looking for a good Italian restaurant this is the place. I wouldn’t necessarily call it “Authentic” but it’s 100% way better than Olive Garden. When we first walked in, we were greeted by the happy staff. Our waiter was nice and told us what the special was for that day. The only downside was that we only got ONE pre-cut slice of bread, which is a shame. The bread had olives in it and totally wished I could’ve had another slice. Usually most places will leave a loaf of bread on the table, instead of literally placing one slice on your plate. Anyways, I ordered the Salmone con gnocchi al pesto, which was a great! This dish is certainly meant for one person ONLY and good thing because I wasn’t sharing. If I’m ever in the area and craving Italian, I’d swing by.

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TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good wine list. Waiter was friendly but gave us our privacy to be with our friends

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E
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good Eddie the waiter was great. Ambiance perfect. Noise level could be better. Our first time. Would definite go again.

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OT
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit and we enjoyed it, the food was awesome service was very professional.

Ambiance needs a little work but we will definitely go back

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SQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had been wanting to try Casa Nostra so took advantage of Restaurant Week to do so. Food was excellent, wine list has very good choices and service was attentive. The restaurant downstairs is very dark and the noise level was fairly high . We enjoyed the evening and will certainly come back again.

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d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing - It was "OK"... the pasta was overcooked and that is a mortal sin in an Italian restaurant.

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GV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Italian dishes I have ever eaten. Fred the waiter told me I would not need a knife to cut my veal, and he was correct!
Randy the manager recognized Laura and me on the reservation list. He came by our table and wished us a happy Anniversary. Offers us desert on him!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location, service, and the food were excellent! It was my first time, and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and food forgettable.

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E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, value for $ also very good. Noise level got too "energetic for our liking- everyone had to lean in to be heard.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very friendly. The food was very nice. I had Salmon with gnocchi in a pesto sauce. We skipper appetizers so we could have dessert.
The portion sizes were nice and we were able to eat out dinner and dessert.
The wine list has some very nice Italian wines and a good range of prices.
We will definitely go back.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This was disappointing. We very much wanted to like the place, but wound up cutting dinner short, throwing out the leftovers, and heading out to “finish dinner” elsewhere. The meatballs were okay, though heavy on the garlic. My wife felt the sauce was off and we both found the pasta to be over cooked and mushy. Sadly, I don’t think we will be returning any time soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed with the quality of food. Calamari came out soggy, scallops were very gritty and pasta dish was very overpowered with garlic. We are not ones to voice complaints however with a restaurant that was supposed to be of a higher caliber this one fell far short and I was disappointed. This was supposed to be a birthday dinner for my husband and he was equally disappointed with the meal. We won’t be giving this restaurant another try unfortunately.

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j
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very friendly service both at bar and table, they like what they do and it shows. I had a family dinner there and the staff was terrific.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner here for the first time and we were not dissapointed from beginning to the end! Food was bomb! Service fantastic and our waiter Fred did an excellent job! Can't wait to go back!

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SC
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant continues to evolve, as does the menu. A very young Chef Carlos continues to hit it out of the park on most days, and does not seem to be afraid of taking some risks with very innovative and risky new menu items. On our most recent visit, we had the opportunity to try out a new gnocchi preparation. We set a very high bar for this dish, and Carlos certainly exceeded our expectations. I tend to try pretty much all new menu additions, and this kitchen gets very high marks for getting the hard dishes exactly right. We are very excited to see where this goes. In any event, Casa Nostra is still the very best bet in this market.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner with friends and we decided to try a place that was new to all of us. What a great surprise to find a truly good restaurant in Leesburg! Everyone enjoyed their meals - including appetizers. My scallop entree was fabulous and a beet salad both pretty and delicious.

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I ordered a bottle of Chardonnay that they didn't have and they gave me an upgrade bottle since they didn't have that one, very nice. Nice Italian food, would recommend .

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k
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend!

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M
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too quiet, although new. Shrimp seemed to taste reheated and is scampi breaded? I found it odd that the server had a weird reaction that we ordered one appetizer and one dessert. The carbonara needed seasoning, tasted too plain, but the bread (which should be offered more of) with the olive spread was so tasty!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service. Good food - but the in-restaurant menu doesn’t match the online menu.

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J
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food - very fresh, absolutely delishious. Make sure to save room for all courses - from appetizer to entree to dessert you don’t want to miss a thing! Very good service (with a little polish needed for some of the food runners but that will come with time). Can’t wait to return!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Veal with mushroom and crab is exceptionally well done.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice, but the food was not worth the price. I had the chicken Parmesan and the chicken was very rubbery and chewy, huge portion though. The meal in general didn’t have much taste, I was disappointed overall.

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KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Out of several wine list choices but graciously offered a bottle off menu for a good price. Fish special was bland but southern Italian-American favorites were very good.

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MZ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious meal. My husband and I shared the shrimp scampi appetizer - the shrimp was very fresh and the sauce perfect. My sister had a salad that was very good. I had the tagliatelle Bolognese. The pasta was homemade and the sauce very flavorful. My husband has a veal dish with sautéed crab on top served with tagliatelle and veggies. It was outstanding. My sister had the veal picata which was served with pasta and veggies. It too was delicious. The three of us shared a cannoli for dessert - very yummy. The house Cabernet and Malbec wines are wonderful. Service here is outstanding. I look forward to returning soon.

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Casa Nostra is a work in progress and I wouldn't count it out yet. Went with another couple last weekend. Staff was simply outstanding! Hostess and wait staff couldn't be better. Prices were very fair. The bread was wonderful!! Not typical Italian but a heavy, doughy roll. Disappointing entrees. Veal piccata was a somewhat tough, skimpy portion and the pasta underneath was overdone. Sauce was a little bland. However, they're just getting started so we'll be sure to try them again. I think the will to run a really good restaurant is there; they just haven't found the way. We ate upstairs but were told that the music downstairs was a little loud.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional and the waiter was very friendly. Knowing it was a date night for us they set us in a location where we could talk and that was really nice. We also had a great view of the street, which was cool, too, since we wanted to walk around but it was so hot outside, so this made it nice. Food was authentic italian, and we enjoyed it - Salmon with spinach was superb, highly recommend.

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SC
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dinner with visiting family. The visiting family were West Coast foodies with seriously discriminating tastes. We were not surprised that they were quickly lamenting the fact that they did not have an Italian restaurant of this quality close to their home. Carpaccio and Prosciutto & Melon appetizers, followed by Dover sole and mushroom encrusted halibut entrees were perfection. Closing out the dinner with one of Chef Walden's chocolate soufflés was exactly the right touch. Our relatives are still raving about the very elegant, but friendly and engaging service they experienced. Just a few months into their adventure, the Casa Nostra team is clearly outpacing their competition. Just excellent!!!

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SW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I joined David, Eric and the team for my wife’s birthday, and it was great! It seems that all of the “new restaurant” kinks have been ironed out. The veal and lasagna were impressive. The bread was fresh and soft and the wine selection was amazing. I gauge Italian restaurants based on their tiramisu and ambiance. I’ll be back again to enjoy both within the month. Great experience, friendly staff and fresh made authentic Italian. Very nice!

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SC
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife's choice this year to celebrate her birthday, and it was the perfect choice. It goes without saying that everything that came of Chef Walden's kitchen was culinary perfection. Even the presumably routine selections, like my wife's veal picatta (now a new menu item), somehow rise to the level of extraordinary. For me, the Dover Sole was simply too wonderful to resist. There is simply no better place to celebrate something special than Casa Nostra. The very engaging service solution in engaging to the point that you simply feel like you are visiting and dining with family. Far more than a great dinner; essentially a very memorable culinary event.

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JG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner at Cosa Nostra. Everything was perfect. Eddie and David have us 1st class service. Everything from the fresh baked bread and condiments to the appetizers, wine, main dish, and dessert were extraordinary! This restaurant is incredible for romantic dinners and private events. I will be recommending it to friends, family, and clients in the months and years to come.

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SC
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great choice for a Father's Day Brunch! In addition to a number of classic, but extraordinarily executed variations on Eggs Benedict, a number of classic menu items was available as well. A seafood special, Halibut prepared with Shoyu Butter was available on this day, and it was incredible. Hard not to overeat here because every menu items seems to call to you. On the other hand, hard to imagine even the most discriminating diner leaving here less than amazed. On top of everything else, they somehow have the best bloody mary in Leesburg!

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DG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The jazz band tonight was amazing-E&Me. Food was excellent especially the goat cheeses salad. Best tiramisu I’ve ever had anywhere!

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Casa Nostra to celebrate our sixth Wedding Anniversary (NOTE: Typically, for a special occasion, we would not try a restaurant where we had not been). What a wonderful experience!! The atmosphere, service and food were superb. Our server, Eric, was very attentive. He told us the specials for the evening, in great detail, without reading from a pad of paper. He was also sensitive to our desire to have a relaxing evening. We chose and had our starter before choosing our main course.

Now for the food. For starters, I had the beet salad with goat cheese special and my husband had the arancini. The house pickled beets were excellent (wish I could get the recipe for the pickling!). They reminded me of pickled beets that my Grandmother made. The salad was a beautiful blend of Italian flavors and comfort food (at least for me). The arancini were delicious. The crunch outside combined with the saffron wild mushroom risotto was beautifully executed. The San Marzano Sauce was wonderful. We had to request additional bread (also delicious) so that the sauce did not go to waste! For our entrees, I had the crab cake special. It was an 8 ounce crab cake with just enough egg to bind it together. There was absolutely no filler, but pure crab meat. My husband always judges an Italian restaurant based on the Bolognese. His theory is that if they can’t make a decent Bolognese, then we’re not going back. Based on that, we WILL BE GOING BACK!!!! The Bolognese, like everything else we had, was delicious.

We had been to this location (under different management and Executive Chef) prior to it becoming Casa Nostra. Chef William Walden has brought this location back to life with his fine skills and execution of great and fresh Italian cuisine.

I only wish we had taken pictures to share. We always think of that after the fact!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the cost was reasonable. The place was not busy, probably due to summer starting, father's day coming and graduation week finishing up. They placed our group in a nice quiet corner so we could enjoy our conversation. The server was outstanding and knowledgeable. We loved the old building and the ambiance it gave. We certainly will return.

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SC
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each year, we put a lot of thought into selecting the restaurant where we want to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is usually a very well known venue and always involves some serious travel to get there. This year, the easy choice was Casa Nostra. We decided that, with Chef William Walden in the kitchen, it would be very wise to leave our menu selections to him. His first choice was to have us share one of his jumbo lump crab cakes. Having lived near Baltimore for nearly two decades before moving to Virginia, we have become "crab cake snobs", like pretty much everyone else around Baltimore, and for good reason. Over the years, I have only found one crab cake that I would choose over those available in the Baltimore area, and that would be any crab cake coming out of a Bill Walden kitchen. Beautifully prepared, with no fillers, it was made measurably better by the accompanying tarragon-caper sauce. Perfect! This was followed by two orders of the freshest Chilean Seabass I have seen lately, prepared with Shoyu Butter and served with Jasmine Rice. Simply stated, this is the very best Seabass presentation on the planet. Rumor has it that Seabass will soon make it to the menu. We can only hope that is true. As soon as I figure out how to make Shoyu Butter, it is going on everything. Just incredible. Dinner was concluded with a signature Walden Gran Marnier soufflé, and a great cappuccino. Together with the incredibly refined service delivered by Randy, this was an anniversary dinner to remember. As Casa Nostra grows and evolves, and knowing that status quo does not live here, keeps me very excited about where this incredible team will take this venue. I am sure that it will be spectacular, and I plan to be there often to experience it.

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f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food wasn't very good and certainly not worth the price. I got the bolognese. Figured I'd get something simple and in their wheelhouse. Noodles were overcooked and sauce was under seasoned. My wife got the bronzino. We incorrectly assumed (for $30) that it would have been a whole fish served as such. Instead, it was some unappetizing strips of fish served over some vegetables. Also under seasoned. Tiramisu was terrible. We returned it. Beer and music as decent.

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CB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We previously dined at this location when it was Palio and enjoyed the food but it was missing something. It has found it with Casa Nostra. The service is impeccable and the food was delicious. Our table had many dishes including shrimp scampi, calamari, Caesar salad, caprese salad, bolognese, lasagna, crab cake, and the fish special, the branzino. We even had dessert with an assortment of tiramisu, zabaglione, spumoni, and canoli. Add in a bottle of wine (and even a beer and a Pellegrino) and the bill was about $100/person with tip. Not inexpensive, but as you can see, we had quite a bit! The food was fresh and the flavors were spot on. Of the main courses, the branzino was probably our fav. Of the desserts, the spumoni and zabaglione were at the top. As mentioned the service is quite good. We will definitely dine here again.

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u
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food prepared by a skilled and creative chef. Always choose the special of the day!

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