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La Favola

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50 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
At La Favola, we are committed to authentic handcrafted Italian cooking using fresh, high-quality ingredients.

From our artisanal, hand-tossed, Neapolitan-style pizzas to our wide array of pastas, fresh seafood, salads and 100% grass-fed and free-range meats – our menu offers time-tested Italian classics prepared the way Italians cook… with love. We source locally where possible and to perfect our pizzas we even fly in a special flour and San Marzano tomatoes from Italy. We also have gluten-free pizza and pasta to make sure everyone can have a seat at our table.

Top off a delicious meal with a glass of wine, beer or even a refreshing specialty cocktail. Come by, pull up a seat at our open-kitchen pizza bar and see what happens when delicious meals and great people come together. Like our namesake “La Favola” – the Italian word for “fairytale” – it’s a magical experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 206-0461
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Marco
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halstead Square Road
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Parking details
Park in any of the RETAIL parking spots in the Halstead Square Apartment parking lots. Drive through Halstead Square Road, or Lauren Elizabeth Road to access the parking lots.
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Public transit
Dunn-Loring Merrifield Metro Station
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.0
service
4.0
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3.7
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

It took forever to get our food and it didn't have much taste. Wine and beer list is good.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

What a surprise! The food is top notch and the service was great! The restaurant was beautiful and comfortable and you can’t go wrong with fresh bread and house tapenade to start!!! Go today, go right now.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went to La Favola for the first time for dinner. We really loved the pizzas. They were excellent. I also liked the sangria because it was not too sweet. If you are yearning for pizza, I do recommend this restaurant for a casual night out.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I really want to love this place. It's close to our house and has a nice menu, plus we eat out a lot. But we've tried it twice since it opened and have only been disappointed. The service and the kitchen are so slow. On our second visit, we had reservations for 6:30 p.m. for Mother's Day (we were celebrating with our parents). The hostess was a mess...couldn't find our reservation via OpenTable (my dad had to point it out), she left my elderly parents standing by themselves at the front desk for almost 10 minutes (they arrived early) and then she seated a family who came in after they did (she didn't even talk to my parents, just automatically took this other family first). The restaurant wasn't even half full, so it's unclear why she was so frazzled. Our waiter was really nice but totally overwhelmed. He let us know upfront that ordering a cocktail would take forever, so we ordered wine and beer instead. Those took so long to arrive that I hate to think how long an actual cocktail would have taken. Our food didn't even arrive until about 8:15 p.m. (and we had a 6:30 reservation!). Two meals came out first and we had to wait about five minutes for the other two meals. We really wanted this place to succeed. But we won't be back.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Horrible service. Not crowded and meal took over two hours (two adults and two small children). Food presented nicely but lacked seasoning

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Two people in our group got served after waiting an hour for their food. Our guest of honor had to wait another 15 minutes. The waiter apparently forgot to put in our order. He also forgot a drink order. The poor service ruined our celebration. When it arrived, the food was good, but the portions were small for the price. We will not go back.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was okay but cold. Service was slow.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Eggs benedict uses Canadian bacon, not strip bacon. Eggs were TOO overdone. More hollandaise sauce was needed. Fruit would be nice, colorful, tasty accompaniment to this dish. Server was very nice. I'll probably be back but not for brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Carlos is a fantastic server who took excellent care of us. The food is one hundred percent authentic Italian, and the only thing missing is being in Italy itself. The laid back atmosphere combined with food that is truly out of this world, made for a great dining experience we are definitely going to repeat!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Looking for an Italian restaurant nearby. Ovvio Osteria has closed. La Favola has opened in the same location. We started with a reasonably priced Italian blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese. The complimentary bread was accompanied by a delicious tapenade. We asked our server about the size of the salads. We could not get a clear answer but we decided to share a beet salad. It was delicious, with 3 kinds of beets, loads of fresh arugula and a cheese spread that was below the greens on the plate. My wife and salmon and I had the lobster ravioli. Both dishes were delicious. Not sure what our friends ate but they were very satisfied. The vanilla gelato was nothing special . There is a separate pizza menu. We will go back to tryit. BTW, there was a nice list of beers on tap.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had great expectations after reading some reviews. Service needs a lot of improvement. Our waitress was servicial but didn’t check on us at all until she brought the check. Wine selection is only Italian and not very good for a 14$ glass of cabernet. Food was tasty enough but my spaghetti Amatricciana was not al dente. The veal scaloppini ordered was a nice portion. The chicken cutlet Milanese was over fried and not any special. Bread is thick and compact and they serve it with an olive tapenade that does not make the best complement. It will be in order to return and check the pizza and get a second opinion!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing pizza and wonderful seafood options. The desserts are wonderful also. The only disappointment was the cappuccino.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

May be THE BEST Italian food in the metro area.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Good experience. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food tasty. Our waiter seemed somewhat inexperienced, but that didn’t affect the evening much. Would go back.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Been curious to check out the new Italian place in this location and was very pleased. Pasta was clearly homemade, fresh and the food was nice and hot. Portions were generous and sitting at a high top in the bar area made for a nice, casual meal. Will go back, for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was our first visit to La Favola and it was a delightful surprise. Our waiter, Carlos, was charming and attentive and the food was fantastic. The serving portions were very on point with the meals we would have in Italia and I appreciate the attention to detail and care that was used in preparation of the different courses we had. I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning again to dine.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We had a wonderful visit and really enjoyed the food. The service is excellent and we did not feel rushed. I will definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nice restaurant with very attentive wait staff. Interesting menu with Apple choices for all palates.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Grilled octopus appetizer was fantastic. Pizza was very good. Will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great dinner. Good service. Drink service a little slow. Definitely will come back.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

fantastic menu and great quality. I finally found my favorite wine (corvina) if you love Italian wines , this is the best place that you can find it. Great service the manager stop by my table to make sure if everything is fine (nice hospitality touch). definitely we are coming back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was excellent and authentic. The service was impeccable and they pay a lot of attention to detail. Another Italian restaurant used to be in its place but the prices were through the roof - not with La Favola. Very reasonably priced and the wine was fantastic as well. It has the potential to turn into a true neighborhood gem and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fabulous as always! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We visited La Favola on Valentine's day, so there was a prefixed menu ($45 a person). In total there were about 4 appetizer choices, 8 entrees (or less), and 2 dessert options. The location is nice. The restaurant itself looks pretty new. There are many modern finishes. As far as service goes, it was terrible. The bread was never brought to our table, we actually had to ask for it. We were not regularly checked in on. No one came by during the time from when the bread was brought up until the moment our entrees were dropped off. As the server set the plates down, we mentioned that our appetizers never made it to the table, so we were a little taken aback when our entree was brought. At this point the food runner went back to check with the kitchen and upon returning mentioned he would bring our appetizers out NOW. Which at this point - my fiance no longer wanted his, but I reluctantly accepted mine. With the tables being so small, it was hard to accommodate 2 entree plates + the appetizer plate. The food itself was very good. My fiance had a crusted chicken that was extremely flavorful. It tastes as if it had been marinated in a lemon sauce. I had the bolognese which was equally pleasing. My favorite part was that my pasta was not too thick so it didn't overpower the taste of the sauce and meet. I had the tiramisu which was very soggy. I didn't finish it. My fiance had the custard and he was pleased. Would I return? Probably not. The service was disappointing and though the food was good I wasn't blown away. Our server changed 2 times. The server from the beginning who didn't bring our appetizers out never came back to our table to apologize. We only saw her at the end when we brought our check. Which, we were still charged for the prefixed menu. We asked to speak to a manager, and after explaining the situation one appetizer was removed.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing Valentine's Day Dinner. Every dish was amazing and the presentation was perfect.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Great find! The beautiful space, very attentive and gracious staff, excellent cocktails, and interesting menu made for a lovely evening. The food was delicious, with a lot of seafood options. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

If you are in the mood for pasta, this is it! Home made. Also, the best eggplant Parmesan I’ve ever had. Very attentive service. Love the comfy soft chairs. We felt very special!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Go there now!! Located in former Ovvio's....La Favola. Has a magnificent beet salad fresh and spiced with excellent ricotta. Next I savoured a pork scalloping. The mushrooms were creamy and delicious in a cream sauce atop the pork. Finishing with Tiramisou I was delighted by the fresh, light, creamy texture and not too sweet with a heavy dusting of cocoa powder, some was in a decorative pattern on the plate. The main dish was a bit small but it was fabulous. The salad and dessert were large enough.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Nice location, good service, friendly staff but just average food at best. Fritto Misto was tough and chewy served with ice-cold marinara sauce. Why not heat the sauce? Beet salad and Caprese salad were good. Bolognese pasta was just ok and the Chicken Milanese was awful. Horribly breaded and over-cooked. I wouldn't recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Impeccable service, staff is very knowledgeable and just the right amount of attention. Great wine list with a good range of price ranges. The lobster ravioli is very good.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The other reviews are fairly accurate. Decent food but not great. Service could be better. Got an explanation of each item on the menu even though i did not request it.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Chef adjusted our dishes to our needs. Wine was wonderful. Goat cheese fig, bacon salad was enough for two and delicious. Service was attentive and understanding.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service! Every dish is authentic and made from scratch. Plenty of food!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a reservation at 7:30 and although the restaurant was not busy, we waited 10 minutes to be seated. Once at our table, we waited another 15 before even being brought water. The bread they served was raw in the middle and it took forever to get drinks. The eggplant parm was very good, as was the pumpkin ravioli and the tagliatelle. Overall this is a good neighborhood spot. The service definitely needs some improvement...

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food, great service. Menu offered a great variety, something to please everyone. Prices on the high side, but portions are large. The atmosphere leaves something to be desired.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Hot toddy was really nice. Beet salad was very fresh, tasty and big enough for 2 to share as a starter. Pizza was outstanding - the best crust we have had in a long time. Homemade pasta was very good. Service was unusually good; they clearly want to please. This restaurant will become a new local favorite for us. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

very attentive . The manager, Sonny, was very nice

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We really liked Ovvio, so we were very pleased that La Favola was even better. The beet salad was the best we have ever had. The pasta's are fresh made and the sauces were excellent. Also the wine pours are generous (always important). Hope they maintain this level of quality.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Overall the experience was very good. We ordered the Insalata di Polipo as an appetizer, and we were both highly impressed. I ordered the Garganelli alla Yasmine, and it was delicious. My date ordered the Spaghetti all'amatricinana, which she enjoyed, and she let me try it as well—I thought it was quite tasty. The service was excellent: our server was attentive and friendly, although this was probably helped by the fact that we were there the day before Thanksgiving, and the restaurant was not crowded, even during prime dinnertime. The restaurant was also quiet owing to this fact. The value proposition leaves a bit to be desired, as your check can quickly add up, but at least the portions were a good size, unlike other restaurants in the DMV.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

It was fabulous. Food and service were excellent.

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