Michael's Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Italian
Michael's Little Italy is an Italian-American dining experience in Old Town Alexandria. We pride ourselves on rustic, yet elegant cuisine that includes hand-made pasta and traditional comfort dishes. Our atmosphere is cozy and charming, while evoking the spirit of mid-20th century Italian-American culture. Fireside dining, an inviting patio, and live music several nights a week help to make a perfect setting for a night out.
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vipZhoraSully
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great that they offered dine-in within the limitations of the Virginia restrictions at that time. Everything was done in a way that ensured diners’ safety and the food was excellent. It was a great way to get out for my wife’s birthday. We look forward to going back when they are back to full operations!

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LorasS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought two friends visiting from Ohio and one from California. Both had been to Michael's on their last visit and insisted the we go again. They pronounced that Michael's was their favorite DC metro place for fine dining and that the cheese cake was the best they had ever had. I have to agree-- completely and enthusiastically. A++

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LorasS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Michael and company have created a real Old Town gem. The menu, staff, service--- It is A number 1. My favorite Alexandria dining place.

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vipannpeter
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was the night after Valentine's but they had the same menu. Charming and friendly restaurant with owners so pleasant. Great live piano player - excellent. The appetizers were delicious and beautifully prepared. My entree of the salmon was a bit on the dry side, which was disappointing. However, my friend's osso bucco was wonderful. We will be back especially to try the NY pizza, and to enjoy opera night.

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Gidster
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Too expensive for a less than perfect experience. Best calamari app I have ever had but main courses were just average. Very quaint and romantic. Great ambiance. Piano player was a nice addition to our valentines day dinner. When my wife asked for a sugar rim for her drink the waitress claimed that the owner doesnt allow that???? They ended up doing it anyway but that is a very odd policy if its true. It was a cold night and all the doors were old and very drafty. Too expensive for a less than perfect experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat upstairs close to the piano, which had David(pretty sure that’s his name but I could be wrong, wonderful older gentleman) playing and interacting with us all throughout our meal, he took requests and explained some music history to us, as all of us are music lovers so it was the exact experience we look for. The food is always absolutely outstanding and I have never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered so far.

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AndreaK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the stracciatella (their soup of the day), the mussels appetizer, the eggplant lasagna and the pappardelle bolognese. We went on a Sunday night when they were having a piano bar evening upstairs, and it was lots of fun!

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cab91
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was our first visit after passing the restaurant for years and thinking, we need to go there sometime. Restaurant week seemed like the best time. We were a party of 4 and we had a very nice dinner. Our server took good care of us and she was very friendly. It was a Thursday evening so the restaurant wasn't as busy as I imagine it is on the weekend. Next time, we'll have to try to pizza next door.

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vipKenCenEntreeFlop
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little cold - needs heat in the bar/restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Absolutely the worst meal I have had in a long time. I’m Italian and would rather eat at the Olive Garden before coming here ever again. What “Italian” restaurant uses no-boil pasta shells for the daily special?? Really??? And the Chicken Parm - a frozen chicken patty with red sauce??? Come on...

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RichardM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of my favorites in Alexandria. The cool renovated home, exposed brick, and great bar makes this unique. The food is all home made, the desserts, breads and all are made on site and excellent. Portions are just right sized to satisfy hunger yet not over stuff. Plan on several more trips in 2020. The fish is always excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very underwhelming. The ambiance and piano player made the restaurant feel like a scene out of an old mob film. Definite nice touch. Beyond that you can keep the place. Service was slow and inattentive. The food was just awful. My daughter and I both had the squid ink fettuccine. It had a poached egg on top that was completely over cooked defeating the purpose of a gorgeous runny yolk mixing into the carbonara. Every bite also had large chunks of raw onion in it. The whole dish was just poorly done. My son had linguine and clams that were somehow spicy and simultaneously flavorless. My husband had the chicken parm and was not impressed. The sauce was certainly not like my grandmothers. Tasted like it came from a jar. A cheap jar. Over cooked pasta and breading on the chicken was bland. They also upcharged for every little thing. Every soda or juice the kids ordered was on the bill. My son asked for spaghetti for instead of their fresh spinach capellini and we got charged $6 for that. I could have bought 3 boxes of pasta in a store for $6. Insane. Very disappointed overall. We went back to our hotel and scrounged for something to eat at 11:00 at night because we all left La Trattoria starving.

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vipRHString
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always try to visit LaT when we are in Alexandria. Food is always spot on, and the service is prompt and friendly.
Highlight of this visit was the homemade lobster ravioli. May be the best I’ve ever had. If you are lucky enough to be at LaT when they have it, do yourself a favor and order it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for Christmas Eve dinner with my husband. The staff was great with two phone calls prior to the dinner to let us know they were doing the traditional 7 Fishes dinner, but would still have their pasta selections a la carte if we did not want to do the planned dinner. When we got to the restaurant their was just the night’s special menu with only three pasta options and our server clearly was only prepared to handle the pre-programmed choices. The food was good, however the experience was not what we imagined and it took over 2.5 hr to eat just a salad and main course since we had to flag our server for when we were ready to order and finally needed to get the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very personable and patient with our young grandchildren. Food was excellent. Enjoyed the live piano music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Table of four, with appetizers, entrees, wine, and dessert: everything was excellent except the Veal Francesca, which was too tough and unflavorful. Especially loved the fresh pesto with the bread, calamari, and lasagna.

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LAMF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Our server was okay. The food was a disappointment. I had the pasta with clams. I had six clams, one was not open. There was some sort of diced protein on top. When we asked the server what it was, she asked the chef. The chef told her it was the clams. I have never seen clams diced in perfect squares!
I hadn't been to La Trattoria in a long time and I am not sure I will go back.

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RichardK
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We arrived early and had to eat in the bar. While the servers were super nice and helpful, they had their hands full in the bar Saturday night.

Food was very good. We’ll go another time when their dining room is open.

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Foodie
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers and drinks were great, particularly the burrata bowl. However dinner was Meh. Expected more flavor.

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Sc57
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For some reason the restaurant was quiet the night we went! The food, service, and restaurant was outstanding and the pianist was absolutely outstanding! We 3 had an amazing time!!

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Patty
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect evening sitting by the cozy fire. Love the atmosphere: candlelight, fire and Sinatra music and the food was delicious!!. Our waitress was very nice and accommodated all of our needs. I recommend highly. The value is excellent. Even for a large party of 10 our bill was extremely reasonable. We love this restaurant and we will be back many times!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding, but we were there for over an hour before we received our food. Unfortunately, we were not the only other patrons with this problem. We saw other diners being forced to request their food to go because of the delays. Not sure if this is typical, but it was disappointing.

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AL11
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cute spot in Alexandria with live pianist when I was there on Friday night. The food took a long time to come out though, about an hour.

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BethesdaDad
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, delicious, personal - fantastic dining experience!

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BrianB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So disappointing. We enjoy a new restaurant every couple weeks which is a lot of fun. Bellisimo, Hamrocks, Vermillion. So good and perfect at every level.

La Trattoria was very loud, the service was very poor, and the food wasn’t close. The piano player was great-still too loud for that small room. The 2 guys that came out to sing at around 8 just added to how disappointing this place was. Not inexpensive by any means. It was a one and done for us. We won’t go back. If you want to enjoy a special night with incredible food and service, check out Vermillion in Alexandria.

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LizW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love to go there for the Music and open mic. the food is fantastic. love it. ate the egg plant Parmesan and it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool place with an amazing atmosphere and great food

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vipBillT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are regular visitors to La Trattoria. We keep going back because we always have an excellent meal, the ambiance is excellent, the piano adds the perfect touch, and the staff is great. The owners are always onsite Saturday evenings and really work to make the customers feel at home. La Trattoria is our favorite restaurant in Old Town, which is saying a lot since there are so many great restaurants in Old Town.

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vipAbbeyJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

We dined outside on a beautiful night. Had great service. Our pizza came out missing a few key toppings, but they were apologetic and even comped a beer!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great staff, and an excellent experience

EB
vipEnvoyBoy
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The cocktails were great, as were the main dishes. There's not much else to recommend beyond that. Upon arrival, we were told we wouldn't be seated until our reservation time. When we pointed out that it WAS our reservation time, we were sent to the bar to wait. As we had theater tickets, we decided we'd eat at the bar. The bartender was friendly and made a good drink but we were taken to our seats, assured that there'd be no problem with our timing. As we'd reviewed the menus while waiting, we placed our order immediately with the friendly waitress, noting again our theater tickets. Our fried artichokes came out immediately but if they were, in fact, fried, it had been earlier in the day. They were cool and soggy, not hot and crispy, as one would expect. We now knew why they were able to be served immediately. We then waited 40 minutes for our dinners. They were, frustratingly, excellent but we had no time to enjoy them. As the plates were put down, we asked for our check and proceeded to plow through some wonderful pasta and osso bucco while throwing back our wine and dashing for the door. With so many options in Old Town, it'd be hard to justify returning to such a mixed experience.

JM
vipJohnnyMo
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, outstanding service and a wonderful piano filled dinner experience. It was like we were regulars.

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BrianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always want to try La Trattoria and wish now I'd tried it years ago. It's now our favorite in town. Everything was perfect.

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DouglasB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great ambiance, attentive service.

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vipDivine
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Trattoria is a gem. Nice change from the King St strip. Delicious fresh pasta entrees and other mains with side portions of pasta or risotto. Our group had gnocchi, linguini with clams, Sicilian salmon. Generous and beautifully prepared entrees. We had cold calamari salad, fried artichokes, Cesar salad, cucumber soup. All very contemporary and upscale Italian food. Their bread is excellent, too. Servers are pleasant, but forgot a soup spoon and brought incorrect appetizer at first, but quickly remedied those issues.

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OpenTable Diner
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Made reservations for the monthly opera night. I know the performer and his family very well and was thrilled to dine. (LOVE the bagels on Saturdays).
*born and raised on Long Island so I miss REAL bagels, feeling particularly lucky you’re the first one that pops up on best bagels on Old Town
Food was absolutely delicious. Packed house, so trying to understand why service was so SLOW. Definitely worth the wait because the gnocchi was superb!

Just took 2 hrs for a 3 meal course. Not what I was expecting, but the music and entertainment was stellar. My only suggestion is to add more courses of food like wine, cheese and fruit to keep food on the table as you’re enjoying the performances. I will be back in the hopes that service will reflect better timing 🌸

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kmfriedgen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great meal here. Food was delicious although it took a while for our dinner to come. Would not have been a problem except we were heading to the theatre. Still made our show with time to spare.

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tkactor
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious, the portions appropriate, and the service was friendly and efficient.

MJ
vipMrJimmy
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

When we arrived for our reservation we were directed to sit at the bar as there were no tables available. Okay, we’ll go with it. The restaurant is small and very charming. Our server was clearly experienced, however, her demeanor and lackluster service, pitiful. We are three family members who see each other infrequently and were very happy to be enjoying each other’s company. In no way would we allow the attitude of this server ruin our evening. With so many fantastic restaurants in the area these days, I would be hard pressed to return to La Trattoria in Old Town.

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vipBillT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have made La Trattoria our Saturday night restaurant. We go there every Saturday night we’re not out of town. The owners, Michael and Kelsey, have created a wonderful venue for a perfect evening of enjoyment. My wife and I try different items from the menu almost every time, and everything we’ve had is always excellent. Our servers are always attentive. Dine in the piano rooms upstairs and David, on the piano all evening, is excellent and provides the perfect musical ambiance for a great evening. He even plays requests and I swear there isn’t a song he doesn’t know. On many Saturday nights, Michael will join in later in the evening and sing a few songs, too. All-in-all, La Trattoria is is a gem in Old Town Alexandria and the perfect escape for an excellent dining experience.

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Michael's Little Italy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-9338.

Michael's Little Italy is rated 4.4 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

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