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La Trattoria

54 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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Rustic yet elegant handmade cuisine that celebrates the Italian-American experience. Sit inside one of our cozy dining roaring in winter, and friendly service that treats you like family and royalty at the same time. Listen to the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, or catch our live jazz or opera music several nights a week. When the weather turns warm, we have an inviting patio setting perfect for people watching with a glass of wine and some good friends.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 548-9338
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Franco Abbruzzetti, Juan Amador
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Private party facilities
The second floor of Trattoria da Franco, which offers 75 seats, has been used to accommodate all kinds of parties or meetings. The space is private whit a piano, backstage, microphones and speakers.

Dinner area 30+
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Private party contact
Franco, Daniela, Natasha: (703) 548-9338
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Trattoria da Franco has infrastructure for offer catering to all kinds of parties, for offices, wedding parties and any occasion. Different menus are available or can be designed to fit your specific needs.
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Cross street
Duke street
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Parking details
Street Parking in front of the restaurant-quite easy all day. Exception 4.00PM to 6.00PM. Free parking after 5 PM on the rear. use the Duke St to access to the bank parking
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Public transit
In the same block. Both directions. Washington st. and Duke st.
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We offer WI-FI for your convenience.

There is live piano every Friday and Saturday and sometimes they accompany Franco who sings romantic Italian and American songs. Guest singers always appear.

Opera Night has been entertaining visitors and residents of Old Town Alexandria for more than ten years. Produced by Franco, the show goes on the last Sunday of each month, always with different artists, comprised of sopranos and tenors from the Kennedy Center. The show features opera selections, with humorous patter by Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet and Strauss.

We are a family friendly restaurant - children are welcome.
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Special events & promotions
Opera Night, every last Sunday of every month
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was good and wait staff friendly. Does feel like a "local" trattoria. Very small so perhaps a weekend reservation is a must. It's an Italian restaurant so I'm thinking bread should be part of the meal or at least offered. Some tables got some, we did not, nor was it listed on the menu as an extra charge nor was it mentioned in any way to us. Also, please make sure your diners know before ordering (or include this on the menu) what comes w/a main course: starch choice, veggie choice etc.
All that being said, we'd certainly return.

solfaterra (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

Everything is made like granma from scratch in the kitchen. From soup to dessert, I could order anything gluten free. Our server made our experience extra special. The quaint atmosphere was pleasant and homey.

bkft (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

I went with family and my father loved it, so that was important. The staff was very friendly. Probably the best part was the piano player who took requests, so we kept him going during our dinner. Natalya was our server and she was very kind and friendly.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

It was good

vipLarethaR (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

Very small lovely little restaurant with a welcomng fireplace. Quite romantic, really, although we had our 12 yo with us. Simple traditional food. Gnocchi was too heavy with too much unadulterated tomato sauce. Husband's carbonara was very good. My foodie 12 yo thought her spinach was too salty, and so was my veal dish. And we like salt and I have a heavy hand with it when cooking. So ask them to go light on the salt. I liked the statement on the menu that the menu was only a guide, just ask for what you want. Very small wine list, nothing very special about it. Great little neighborhood restaurant for a casual meal. The food was good, not special.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Great variety of food and wine.

Pattyb (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We looked for a family owned restaurant in Old town and found this little gem to celebrate our daughters sweet 16 birthday. As we arrived the owner greeted us and wished her happy birthday. We sta by a warm fireplace and piano. The following amazed and delighted everyone. A patron got up and sang a special song to out daughter the piano player was delightful. The food was made to order and fabulous. Then the owner sang a few Italian songs. The ending was the best. The owner brought out the Birthday cake and singing right along with the entire restaurant. It was a wonderful evening and not to forget the Chianti was just as fabulous as the rest. Can't wait to go back.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

This converted house may not stand out but it is outstanding. The food is great and the portions perfect. It is cozy, especially by the fire in the stove. More than worth the trip and finding parking.

Dededoyle (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We were customers of this restaurant 20 years ago. I made reservations for 5 people about two weeks before New Years Eve. We were very excited to have dinner here. This is how it unfolded: 1) We were seated by the kitchen so there was a constant flow of waiters within inches of our table. 2) Franco kept yelling at his help, so the meal was not relaxing 3) We did not receive water or drinks until we asked for them, yet we were rushed when ordering. 4) Of the 5 meals, 2 were good, 2 were mediocre and dry and 1 was inedible. The lamb was all gristle with a scant two potato pieces on the plate. We requested two ceasar salads without dressing (for vegetarians) and two regular Ceasars. Two arrived without dressing, the other two didn't come. Finally after asking the other two arrived, no dressing, no shaved parmesan, yet we were told the salad had been dressed. There was no vegetarian option on the menu, a special meal was prepared but it was bland and dry. Wine, which was marked unlimited on the menu, was only given when we asked. And even then we were expected to wait. When the bill arrived it was over $500. They adjusted the bill, but this was a ripoff on all fronts.

pugasarous (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

The food was fantastic, the staff friendly and on top of things but not over bearing, they had a pianist who played fun music (show tunes, classics, etc.), but the abmiance is what brought it all together. You walk in and see pictures of the owner with lots of people, some you might recognize, some you might not. Then he greets you and takes you to your table. The whole time he's walking around making sure everyone is happy. We each had something different and everyone loved their food! We went for New Year's Eve and even though there was a prix fixe menu it worked great for us (some have dairy restrictions and some were vegetarian). It was a delightful experience.

PRICEY (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

THis Restaurant was recommended and looked nice in pictures. We arrived and the Pictures did it just with the look and a nice atmosphere. Was disappointed with servings: $7.00 for a mediocre salad, $17 for small serving of Lasagna, $17 for Tortellini with no flavor ecept the nutmeg on top. We were never offered a drink except wine (more than once). One surprise that did us the BIG Price!

vipMCLEAN22101 (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Our party of six had a wonderful Saturday evening dinner at Trattoria da Franco. The restaurant is relatively small and intimate and the interior decoration feels like a restaurant in Italy. The restaurant has an excellent Italian menu; we particularly appreciated the selection of fish in addition to the customary pasta, veal, and chicken dishes. The wine menu is excellent - with a range of pricing points. We enjoyed the friendly and attentive service throughout our meal. The restaurant is conveniently located on Washington Street about two blocks south of King Street.

Sapper (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

We were in National Harbor and just before 5 we decided we wanted dinner.... all the nearby restaurants and the ones we called in National Harbor had more than an hour wait... at 5 in the evening they were already full. So a quick search led us to this which was a mile and half away. While the parking was tough, everything else was excellent. We took our 3 children (10,8,4) and they loved the food. Large portions for kids but even the 4 year old ate half the dish. Great experience and we will go back.

ckj03 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

My husband and I decided to take a friend with us to Trattoria da Franco for a nice evening out. We hadn't been there in over 15 years (because we had moved away for so long), and our friend had never been there. And yet, they far exceeded our expectations!! We made a reservation, and they had our table ready as soon as we arrived. The ambiance was great. There was a piano player playing in the main area of the restaurant. The menu is great because there are so many choices, and then there were some great specials. We all loved our meals. The food is definitely homemade and well prepared. The wine recommendation was spot on. And the staff was friendly and courteous. The owner himself came over to chat with us. The desserts were also out of this world. This is truly an authentic Italian restaurant, and you feel like you are sitting in a restaurant right in Italy. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and families. I am so glad we went back. It was an enjoyable evening.

vipdoonaluc (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

This is an old, neighborhood restaurant loved by the locals. The food was good but our pre-theater dinner took 1 1/2 hours - and we only had 2 courses. Perhaps because it is so crowded, it was very slow.