La Favola

4.0
57 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Marco
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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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Dunn-Loring Merrifield Metro Station
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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GP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food - pizza, lasagne, salad were good. The pizza and lasagne were the hit though. The salad had a tad too much dressing so we'll ask for it on the side next time. We tried the lava cake, tiramisu and creme caramel. The lava cake was the best. The tiramisu was very good wth lots of coffee flavor in the ladyfingers. The creme caramel tasted too much like jello though.

Service was good, but food took a while (15+ minutes) to get out.

We'll be back and hope that the speed improves.

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t
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Favola is my new favorite Italian restaurant. The pasta tastes freshly made, and has a beautiful texture. The pizzas are thin and crispy, and full of flavor. The wine list has some really good wines at very good price points (for a restaurant). The service is excellent, and the staff are enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the menu and the wines, and are happy to make recommendations about both, and we have yet to be steered wrong.

The portions are smaller than you'd find at a place like the Olive Garden

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H
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service & food

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M
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Carlos was a great waiter. He recommended a great appetizer for us to enjoy.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!! Amazing service and food. I never write reviews but this restaurant deserves it.

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VS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wine, & attentive service! We would come back again.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

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ED
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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CR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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MI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was okay but cold. Service was slow.

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Portion size was ample and the food was quite good. Service was a little sluggish, though this visit was for Mother's Day brunch... Will definitely come back!

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KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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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M
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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j
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May be THE BEST Italian food in the metro area.

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JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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MC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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BJ
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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SS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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t
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CJ
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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s
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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AN
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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