Michael's Little Italy

4.4
252 Reviews
$30 and under
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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beanbean
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes and food! We were there for piano night and loved the ambiance.

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ACW2007
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It’s a charming little place with cute ambiance, but the main dining room can be extremely noisy. Our server, an older gentleman, was pretty abrasive. He was visibly annoyed when my friend and I said we needed more time with the menu. He was short and abrupt when we asked a few questions about the menu, already walking away while answering them. The menu is limited, which was actually nice - made picking easier. Our food arrived warm at the most though, and I suspect it was sitting in the back for awhile. We overheard the server say there was a kitchen fire to another table I did enjoy the food even on the cold side, and it would probably be better at the right temperature. I’m not sure I’ll go back given these experiences, but I think you can expect decent Italian food here.

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CaitrinC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

My husband and I wanted a new spot for date night and Michaels seemed to check all the boxes based on reviews.
If the food was half as great as the service or the ambience, they’d probably never get us to leave. Sadly, the food was the only disappointing part of this dinner out.

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vipjerryw
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Ossa Buco I've ever had. Very thoughtful staff

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vipkennethm
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service. Menu is rather small and not too much to choose from but overall would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Michael’s Little Italy as my Birthday Dinner Celebration and it was beyond wonderful! My birthday fell on a Tuesday this year so I just wanted a special place to dine at for my son and I to enjoy, and boy did we! From the crackling of the fireplace and the warmth from the fire to the lovely music, and the kind and personable staff, we were so happy! The food is always top notch, we had the Cesar salad to start with fresh homemade bread, thin the pasta carbonara and the New York Strip Steak to share. All of the food came out perfect. The flavors are so distinct and to top it off the lemon cake and chocolate moose cake were the ultimate sweet treat to seal the celebration!

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StacyJ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could give them 10 stars. Beautiful place

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SpikeI
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opera Night featuring Carlos Ibay was outstanding! Buffet with pasta selections including fish and poultry was excellent. Warm ambience and Coved safe environment.

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Nihoa
West Virginia
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Savory Italian meal. Awesome entertainment - piano player and opera singer named Chucky accompanied by a violinist and sultry singer.

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EdandMargotV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owners Kelsey and Michael have always been gracious hosts. Staff were friendly and attentive to guests. Food was delicious. We’ve been going to this restaurant for the past 5 years. Only stopped during the start of the pandemic. Happy it’s reopened. Keep up the good work.

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a good experience, the music was great! Thank you.

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vipJaniceS
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate dinner here on Friday, October 29, 2021. It was our first visit but not our last. Our server Natasha was lovely. And our food (Calamari Fritti, Lasagna, Cannolis) and drinks (Cefalu Cooler) were delicious. Our dinner was before we attended a play at the nearby Little Theater of Alexandria. We'll dine here before all our future visits to the Little Theater.

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MRdinning
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant

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vipNonickname
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Liked the old timey ambiance and corresponding music. Really liked the waiter — very pleasant. He was doubling as the bartender and he made a good cocktail (we tried a Manhattan and a martini). Sadly, the food, however, was lacking. The mussels were the worst—no mussels in the shells to speak of and fishy tasting. They should drop that from their menu or get some fresher/plumper mussels! The pizza was underwhelming.

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Yum666
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, and the servers were super nice and accommodating to our large party. The zucchini blossoms are especially tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good except the seafood pasta special, the shrimp was over cooked and very little pasta and sauce. The other people eating with me all enjoyed their meals.

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vipThomasT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, intimate, family run restaurant. Service was wonderful, food great…juke box was a hit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My 9yo daughter and I went on a special mommy/daughter birthday date and had a wonderful time. She loved the piano and the overall atmosphere was very nice. I ordered an app, salad, glass of wine, and full entree. My daughter requested plain noodles and they were more than happy to oblige. The food was good but I honestly was surprised to be charged $16.00 for a plate of plain noodles with nothing but a side of Parmesan cheese. It was still a special night but seemed a bit much for noodles considering our patronage.

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MCola
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service! Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, service and atmosphere. Amazing food.

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vipNeilE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We ate out on small sidewalk area. Some street noise there, but very pleasant overall.

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TeeWake
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Nice atmosphere. The food was excellent. The menu choices are slim but what they make, they obviously do it well. Most of the other patrons seemed to be regulars so it was a very friendly environment. You can hear the person across the table from you without raising your voice. This is a good place for a date.

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Patriot522
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was very slow at the beginning, especially since there appeared to be three wait staff plus a bar tender with two tables occupied and two people at the bar. After we ordered service picked up. Food was very good. Cocktails much less so. Old Fashion was server with soda water. So much that that was all that was tasted. Negroni was ok but light on the gin (but it could be me).
Still recommend the food, not the cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My husband is a pianist and I bought him here to surprise him! He LOVED it!!!! Both of us enjoyed the ambiance and music so much we stayed for a long time even after completing our meal. The pianist was amazing. The food was great! Will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish!

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vipBrianC
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fun place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

It was just ok. Food was mediocre and service was TERRIBLE

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! (Especially the staff!!)
Get the truffle fries you won’t regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! The puttanesca was perfection. Everyone enjoyed the meal. A really great meal.

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vipPeteD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Had a painoist playing who was very good, but it also made the room very loud so was challenging to have a conversation. Would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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twinklesva
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding menu that makes you want to try everything! We had three great pastas that were both classic and innovative at the same time. Be sure to try the fried artichoke! An intriguing cocktail menu that complements the menu nicely. Definitely plan to go again to try more.

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CarmenJ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, service very good, loved the piano player and all the songs he knew and played.

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Rock
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my wife to Michael's Little Italy for our Friday Night (Romantic) Dinner when we set aside time for just the two of us. It felt as if no one else was there, even though there appeared to be several other couples with the same idea. The atmosphere, music, wine and food was great! Cannot wait until the Pizzeria comes back on line, I hear it's fantastic as well. I've traveled the world eating one of my favorite Desserts (Tiramisu) and yet, right here at in Old Town Alexandria I found the "best I've eaten in 40 years"..... Highly recommend you try this "hidden gem".....

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Great
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a cute restaurant with great food! Second time visiting within 3 days!

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vipExcellent
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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Rock
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A true Italian Treat right here in Old Town Alexandria; perfectly positioned on GW Street just south of Duke Street; easy to get to, with multiple choices of seating; and an authentic "Old World" feel throughout. "Mike" The Bartender was efficient and attentive, while serving Smart Cocktails and smooth music selections. Cannot wait to go back to enjoy their Saturday Evening Piano Bar and Pizza Salon..... Job Well Done Michael & Kelsey Strutton. Alexandria Thanks you for your offering of Italian elegance in an otherwise busy world..... Can't wait to see what your "Full" Summer Menu will bring.

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vipDorothyB
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE Michael's Little Italy! The food and ambiance could not be better!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time - the ambiance especially is phenomenal, and the service was excellent. Even the chairs were extremely comfortable! The food was delicious, especially the seafood dishes. We hope to return many times!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Exceptionally poor service, waited an hour and a half after ordering only for server to ask us what we ordered and tell us that it hadn’t been put in

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a spot

FAQs

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 252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.