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About Permanently Closed - Ovvio Osteria

This restaurant is permanently closed. Ovvio Osteria celebrates seasonality and locality in the simplest of fashions. As a neighborhood restaurant, Ovvio offers finely prepared house-made Italian dishes including brick oven pizza and fresh pasta. Ingredients are fresh, local and the food is prepared daily in a casual and vibrant setting. Whether you’re looking for a favorite vintage or a new go-to place for a night out, the choice is Ovvio.

2727G Merrilee Drive
Merrifield, VA 22031
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11am- 9 pm
Tuesday 11am - 9pm
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 10:30am- 10pm
Sunday 10:30am - 9pm

Cross Street:
HALSTEAD SQUARE, 2727 MERRILEE DR. Fairfax, VA 22031

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 573-2161

Website:
http://pizzeriaovvio.com/

Entertainment:
Every Thursday Live Jazz Music

Catering:
On and off premise catering available
Party platter, drop offs, plated lunches and dinners

Parking Details:
We have retail parking in 3 lots in the in the halstead square development, for overflow parking you can also use the metro lots one block away.

Public Transit:
Dunn Loring Metro - Orange Line

Executive Chef:
Richard Hetzler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Planning a private party?
Let us customize your event in your office or at the restaurant with a personalized menu and wine pairing. Large or small, we will make a memorable experience for you and your guests!

Ovvio Osteria - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (657)
Fit for Foodies (541)
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Great for Lunch (276)
Special Occasion (237)
Notable Wine List (235)
Great for Outdoor Dining (216)
Great for Brunch (149)
Romantic (132)
Hot Spot (110)
Kid-friendly (95)
Vibrant Bar Scene (86)
Late-night Find (44)
Casual (39)
Good for a Date (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Bar Seating (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Outstanding Value (10)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Music (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Scenic View (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We went for brunch today and we ordered pancakes for the kids and gluten-free pizzas. The Boys liked their pancakes but our two different gluten-free pizzas was sticking to the pan so we couldn't eat them very well and they seemed to taste a little undercooked. I'm not sure if they just don't do gluten free very much or if it's new on the menu but it was rather disappointing. They were not busy at all our waitress came by a couple of times to check on us. We had to ask for our water glasses to be refilled. My wineglass was dirty which she did not notice and when I pointed out to her and showed it to her she still did not see were assured her it was dirty. She did get me a new glass. This was our second time there. The first time was a great experience this one was mediocre. We may give it another try. We are undecided since there are so many other places to pick from.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We always enjoy having dinner at Ovvio Osteria and each month take time to go there for happy hour. The people that work at the restaurant are friendly and the food is very good.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My friend had wanted to try this place for the branzino. It wasn't on the lunch menu but the waiter checked with the kitchen and we were able to order. The food was good; the grilled zucchini with the branzino was fantastic ... simply grilled and delicious. The restaurant was empty when we arrived (around noon on a Saturday) and only two other tables were occupied when we left. Not sure what that means. Would have liked to sit outside but the umbrellas weren't set up yet (it was a warm June day but pleasant in the shade). The outdoor tables and chairs were very worn and didn't make a good initial impression. Staff was nice, friendly and accomodating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Terrible. 15 minutes after ordering an appetizer the waiter asked if we wanted it before our main course. Brillianst idea! Appetizer was lukewarm when it finally arrived.

Main courses: pizza came lukewarm,; angel hair pasta with shrimp fra diavalo came with plain spaghetti and was not at all spicy; my friend asked to substitute linguine for paparadelle and was told "no problem" and of course was served papardelle.

Waiter was tough to find when you needed him. This was my third or fourth time to this restaurant. Service has never been a strength, but has gotten worse. Food has gone from good, to spotty to plain old bad. Never again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food is spectacular which is why I continue to come back but the service is never good. The waitress was unfriendly, slow, we had to ask for bread. I love this place but am always frustrated by the slow and inconsistent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food was adequate. The setting was unremarkable. If it weren't for our very friendly and attentive waiter I wouldn't feel a need to return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We are long time fans of Ovvio. Love the cooking, the sensational service, quiet area with easy parking. Wonderful revolving beer selection with knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

This used to be a nice upscale restaurant with terrific service when we started going here 3 years ago. This last visit they had changed from using table linens to paper napkins and the quality of the food is not what it used to be. The server did not know how to recommend a wine for our dinner and the one we did choose was not meet expectations.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food. Have returned many times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Restaurant was closed on Mondays, but was still able to book?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

I was excited to try this restaurant, the menu looked great, however, upon entering, I was immediately disappointed. The menus were dirty, the table we we seated at was sticky and covered in crumbs, my bread plate had some crumbs or other debris on it.
Service was extremely slow, took forever to for server to show up, our food took forever to arrive and when we were finished it took forever for her to check on us. We were planning to order dessert but did not because of the slow service. The coffee was cold!!! Our food arrived cold also. I ordered the Parmesan biscuits which were very underwhelming. I could not taste any Parmesan and the consistency was more of a hard cookie or cracker than a biscuit. The only tasty part of this dish was the Prosciutto. The sausage gravy was not mixed well had chunks of dough. Everyone that worked here looked depressed. A very unhappy vibe. The check was incorrect (wrong appetizer price, wrong meal price, drinks, etc.) but not worth the effort to fix. The only part of the service that was timely was the water service.
I would not recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is just based on last experience. Usually we enjoy this place. I had my mother in from out of town so we chose this place for mothers day dinner. I made reservations on open table. We got there and they couldn't find the reservation. Then magically they found it. We were seated and then it really went down hill. The server came over and said ladies you get free bubbly guts what do you want your paying. We order drinks he walked away never offering the ladies drinks other than the champagne. Never offered appetizers I had to stop him and order app. We finished app and again had to get him to order food. We orders food and never saw him again for the next 32 minutes til our food came out. We all had empty drinks and again he never offered/asked if we wanted another round. I had to ask. My wife ordered the margarita pizza with roasted garlic. They brought out a white pizza with no roasted garlic and a little basil and he said they forgot the tomato sauce and he would being her a side of tamato sauce. Really! Thank God the crest of the food was excellent. He never asked if we wanted dessert, well he did come back and say you w want anything else. On the way out I asked for manager and explained the experience and she listen with what appeared to be shock and then said would you like me to give you something. I said no. I just wanted you to know how disappointed we were with the experience tonight as I thought you would want to know.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The service was a bit slow. Took 10 minutes after we were seated to for a server to come and take our drink order.
Dining room is filled with smoke from the open kitchen. My clothes ended up smelling so bad when we left.
The apps were the best part of the meal. Over all food is pretty goo.
Bathrooms were both out of paper towels/hand towels.
Good place but needs better service, management oversight, and better ventilation system to get the smoke and kitchen smells out of dinning room.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Had good hopes for our Mother's Day Brunch for 4 adults and 2 children. We were seated promptly and then the waiting began. We had to ask for our server to come take our order, then we had to repeat a few of them as he didn't understand what we ordered and didn't know the menu. Bread finally came, but our waiter rarely came to the table. We had to ask for drink refills from other servers, ask where our meals were, and then still waited. When the meals finally came about 45min after we were seated, they were okay. We then had to flag down our waiter to get the check. Overall okay atmosphere, but the service was so poor and slow that we won't be returning for a second try.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went Mother's Day brunch, it was our second visit, but was unfortunately disappointing. Service was not great - requests had to be made several times, and weren't always addressed. Two of the meal were missing a key ingredient (truffle).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice neighbohood restaurant in the Halstead area near Dunn Loring Metro. Less frenetic and boozy than nearby Black Finn Sports bar that draws the "I-sure-miss-college" set. Ovvio is a nice adult alternative to the overcrowded Mosaic neighborhood south of Lee. Good Italian fare. Good prices, except for desserts, which seem a tad high. Sunday brunch is their best. A diner at a nearby table ordered steak the Sat night we were there, and I tried the NY Strip for a change from Italian. Cooked to order to a perfect medium rare.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was mediocre at best. Ordered the calamari and it was bland and tasted like it's been cooked in old oil. The pasta sauce tasted like it came from a can. The angel hair pasta was over cooked. The bolognese pappardelle was not what was expected. Maybe it was an off night but we won't be back

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We've dined here several times. The food is always excellent. Unfortunately the quality of the service has gotten very poor.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great pasta dishes

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Good service. Food was good and good value. Happy hour specials for Both food and wine. had the chicken Marsala which was great. We watched the Kentucky derby while we ate with friends. Nice time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I can't believe this place isn't busier! Food is great, servers are friendly and knowledgeable. We had a lovely brunch, everything was delicious but the ricotta pancakes were to die for! We will definitely be back at Ovvio soon!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Delicious food & wonderful ambience. Great service & friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food was very good and the service was also very good. A bit noisy on this night but not to the point where it interfered with our outing. This was our second time back and we will be regulars

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Yet another wonderful meal

I hadn't been to Ovvio Osteria for several months -- no particular reason, just wasn't in the neighborhood -- so am glad I had a chance to return. Mid-week lunch with a friend. It was a gorgeous day, so we probably could have sat outside (it's not on a major street, so you don't have to contend with exhaust fumes and traffic noise too much). I've been to Ovvio in the past for dinner as well, but lunch is really a wonderful option. You can select pizza, pasta, bruschetta (usually different each day), or the lunch combo: for about $12-13 you select one appetizer or salad item and a pasta or pannini. The Caesar salad is just the right size and not overly dressed (nothing worse than soggy Caesar); the house salad just as good, also not overly dressed. COmpanion chose the pappardelle bolognese while I selected the Italian pannini (think Italian muffaletta -- which, by the way was big enough for me to take half home and have it the next day). Friendly staff. Good wine by the glass options. Because we were there mid-day/midweek, it was fairly quiet and so conversation was easy. I have been there on Thursday evenings (they have music then) when the place is packed and jumpin' -- but the food still wonderful. Because it had been a few months since I'd been there (and booked on Open table) I think Ovvio voted me off their island. But I'm back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were all really disappointed with our experience. We were settled in at our table, had already attached our daughters high chair and then we were asked to move down because they had sat us at a table with too many seats and they were "definitely going to need the extra table". However, it remained empty as did other tables around us the entire time we were there. We asked for a to go cup with milk for our daughter and were given one with two coffee stirrer as straws. Then I went to the bar and got a full size straw which still wouldn't work because it was too long only to find out when I asked for scissors that they have children sized straws. Even though we were one of the first reservations, sat at 10:30am our food took close to an hour which is absurd. My friend ordered the pancakes which on the menu stated they were served with blueberries but when they came out they were served with pineapple and watermelon, which is bizarre and quite a different flavor. Our other friends frittata was over cooked. The $6 "fruit bowl" I ordered for our daughter was the LAST item to come out and again it was just pineapple and watermelon. I ordered my eggs scrambled with cheese and when they came out there was no cheese. So I asked for a side of cheese and then I was presented with a plate of sliced provolone cheese because they didn't have any other kinds of cheese (?!) We will not be dining at Ovvio again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Good food slow service. It was a 2 hour dinner.

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 (México)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Our poor service sort of marred my opinion of this place. While everything was correct on the order, and we were checked on a couple of time, it was rushed. After we finished our entrees, the server brought the check. No, would you like another glass of wine, coffee, or dessert? We sent the check away and asked for dessert menus (and ordered).

I've been before for lunch and always had very good service.

A bit more training might help this server up the check total amount! Good for the restaurant and good for the server!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Ovvio, but we won't be back. It was loud. We waited at the host stand to be seated for several minutes, despite the fact we had a reservation. The food was just ok, and the service was atrocious. Salad plates weren't cleared before entrees arrived, even after we pushed them aside to make room for the dinner plates. We requested items (like bread) multiple times before they were delivered. And when it was time to pay the bill, we provided an Open Table gift card, which took 10+ minutes to apply, only to have our card charged for the FULL bill. This then took about thirty minutes to resolve. If you're looking for great pizza or pasta in the area, try Pizzaria Orso or Argia's for great service and excellent food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great live music with exciting cocktails!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Always a great place to dine. The staff is very nice and attentive and I have never had a bad meal there - brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The bus people and runners were amazing. Our server was a grump.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Awesome waiter. Didn't catch his name but he was an older gentleman and was very attentive.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Went for a birthday celebration. Took 40 minutes to get food and even that was screwed up. Brought my daughters food out first and then waited another 10 minutes for everyone else's. asked to speak to a manager twice. My other daughter's food was incorrect as well my wife's. Very disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great evening. everyone enjoyed their food . Service was friendly and fast, but we weren't rushed and were able to relax and catch up.
Nice casual atmosphere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great place for a family dinner

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Food was very good but the waiter seemed disinterested. My children were moving away for two years and he was rushing us throughout the meal.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Even with a reservation, we ended up waiting for about 15 mins. They did their best, as the place was packed because of Valentine's Day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went to Ovvio Osteria for Valentines Day. This was the second Valentines Day that we spent here. The first time we ordered from the fixed price menu but this year we were in the mood for pizza and wine which is always good. Very, very, crowded -seated about 20 minutes after our reservation time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Always so nice. If we get to go back next Valentines Day, I'll stick with the regular menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food but a little noisy.
Wine list was limited with only a few bottles as "good value".
Limited Gluten Free selections.
Waiter did not know what gluten free meant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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