Casa Nostra

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195 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Authentic
Located in charming downtown Leesburg, Casa Nostra brings exceptional Italian cuisine to life with bold expressions of color, texture and artistry in every dish.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Website had pictures of what was on their menu and when we were ordering nothing was on the menu l, we even asked the waitress. My ravioli were not cooked. Iced tea smelled like eggs. Only had olive bread no other options. This was for our 28 th wedding anniversary very disappointed.

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NA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was delicious, service great. Randy the manager was very courteous and customer-focused.

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FF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Forgot our wine but was a new server. Portion was small but delicious

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LO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Knowledgeable server. Food was excellent!

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

More of a winter kind of place. They’ll push the fish but I’d recommend you stick to traditional pasta meals. Overpriced for what you get. Their watermelon gaspacho is basically melon juice. Risotto got high marks. My fish was bland and overpriced. Shrimp scampi tomato sauce was sick and thin pasta over cooked. Glass of Malbec was excellent

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Business Meeting

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PK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Server was brand new...first day. Asked for Veal Milanese and told no. They have Veal Parm on the menu and Milanese is pounded and breaded. HMMM. I guess pounding a breading is out of the question. Then ordered the special which was Lobster Ravioli and they were out of the special cream sauce...our reservation was for 7pm so they ran out before prime time. Offered lemon butter instead. No thank you I do not like lemon.

Favorite DC area Italian is Landini Brothers in Old Town Alexandria. Casa Nostra can learn a lot from Landini Brothers.

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KA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb service! Outstanding food!

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K
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Our 6 person family had a 6P reservation for Mother's Day and encountered several issues here - not the least of which was the previously undisclosed limited menu with a charge of $50/person.
We noticed many menu errors, among them, "ingerling potatoes"and two different scallopini spellings. Our server made the excuse that the manager put the menu together quickly in the morning.
Our food was poorly prepared and presented. Out of 6 different entrees, only the spaghetti Bolognese was edible (and, who can't make an acceptable red meat sauce?) Overcooked, dry salmon; chewy, overdone veal served over scant, salty noodles....etc.
The building, an old townhouse, has potential for charm - most of it bypassed. Drab drapes, stucco walls with no adornment, unattractive furniture. The wooden floors are beautiful.
The manager, Randy, did the right thing in not charging for the meal,, stating that the food didn't meet his expectations and excusing the kitchen for being "tired after a long day." The restaurant was perhaps a third full when we arrived.
Leesburg has much better to offer.

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S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

We sat upstairs so it was quiet. Louder downstairs where the live music was. Started with spicy clams which we enjoyed. They had given us one piece of bread each to start and then offered to bring more but it never came. Could not enjoy the clam sauce as much as we would have like to due to lack of bread. I had the SALMONE CON GNOCCHI AL PESTO and the salmon tasted like it was soaked in butter - it should not be an overwhelmingly rich dish. Gnocchi was bland. Partner had the Scallops with black squid ink pasta and it was fairly tasteless. We expressed our disappointment and the waiter comped up dessert which was very nice. Had the Tiramisu which was excellent - the best thing we had the restaurant. Disappointing first try at Casa Nostra. We won't be back.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The place is beautiful inside and we were greeted by a very nice young lady upon arrival. Service was very nice and efficient. We were given 1 piece of delicious bread each. Not a basket of bread or a small loaf, 1 thin piece of bread each. Our dinners were very tasty however, very small. 2 chicken parm dinners and 1 chicken marsala, 1 piece of chicken breast with a small dollop of pasta for each dish. Dinners were $22 each. Also, not kid friendly which was fine, because the portions are so small it was like having a kids meal. For $22 a plate I would have expected a bigger portion or at least a salad included with the meal.

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

not quite as good as our first experience there last year. Food was good, but not very hot when served. Coffee was not hot at all but waitress Danielle kindly made fresh for us.
Definitely like upstairs seating better. I think makes for a finer experience.
Just would recommend they pay attention to detail as when they first opened...
Will try again, though, for sure!

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OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couples date night. Excellent evening

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The food was good, but not hot.

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SC
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Case Nostra is aging very, very well. As time passes, everything just gets better and better. The service solution is always exactly right (with Manager David Saavedra and Randy Hawks in the house, that is no surprise). The kitchen, overseen by Executive Chef Carlos has evolved to the point where there can be little question that this is the very best Loudoun County and Leesburg has to offer. I have worked my way through the menu a few times now, and have observed exactly how Chef Carlos continuously evolves every dish on the menu. The changes are often subtle, but over time it becomes clear that this chef is devoted to finding perfection....and he is getting that done. Over the years he has progressed from "very good", to "great", to "extraordinary", to the present, where his skills leave me wondering where I would need to go to find a chef anywhere close to his level of talent. At the very least, he has arrived at a very young age at the point where he has few peers. We will be hearing a lot about Chef Carlos in the years to come.

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TM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal. Menu has many traditional and authentic Italian dishes.

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B
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Believe they were overwhelmed by a town event that created greater than normal numbers. The restaurant recognized this made the appropriate apologies and even "compt" part of the bill -- a very classy move. Will definitely go back

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CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food was great and I would recommend it, and return. However, I wondered about the acoustics in the room we were in ..... the one at the far side on the second floor..... voices really echoed and detracted from the ambiance, but Not enough that I would not return.

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NC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Casa Nostra in the center of Leesburg is a great place to dine. The food is very tasty and the menu offers a nice selection of appetizers, first and second courses and dessert. House specials are available. The wine list is broad with well selected wines listed at a good price to value, especially for restaurant dining. The service is professional and the owner David is a great reference for selecting a wine to pair with the food. Very relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful old Leesburg building.

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r
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Soup although good, was lukewarm.
Portions appeared lost on the plate.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall, an ok experience. Food was just ok. Cocktails and wine selection was good. We were celebrating a birthday and my 90 year old father had trouble navigating the stairs up to our dining area - the bottom floor had been booked for a private party. I didn’t see anything on the website about upstairs dining...And they didn’t have an elevator. Staff was good.

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LD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything ordered at our table was DELICIOUS! Romaine salad, calamari, pasta bolognese, salmon with gnocchi, and pasta with cream sauce. Great little bar or table dining. Can't wait to visit again!

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was excellent. The live music was loud but I enjoyed the ambiance as the place felt full and alive. Service was attentive and the flavors of all the dishes was mouth watering good. My response every time the waitress asked how everything was, was delicious!

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LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was very good and so was the food. I had the beef bolognese and it was a big serving. The other 3 got shrimp scampi over pasta, chicken Parmesan and clams linguine. They were very good but needed more pasta. It is a very welcoming with several dining areas, a bar. We would go there again.

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WT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Can get a bit loud at times particularly when there is live music. Only negative regarding food is the rather small pasta portion accompanying an entree. But overall a great place for any occasion.

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LL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place in Downtown Los Angeles! We love the fantastic service and the amazing food they serve . You can’t go wrong here, best place for Italian Food at reasonable prices.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the quaintance. Randy, our server, made the atmosphere all the better. He was awesome, professional, and attentive. The food was great. The whole restaurant was elegant.

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AS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the band playing. They are there Friday nights. The night we dined there was a reception going on so the set up was not the usual. Because of the crowd, the service was a bit slow. Small things like not having the cutlery and napkins at the table, etc. The food was excellent and it was nice to get the happy hour price for drinks even though we didn’t realize it was happy hour!

The Branzino is only available on Friday and Saturday and was amazing! We did not expect chef to filet the fish tableside. The roasted mushrooms and the broccolini were perfect compliments to the Branzino. Definitely recommend.

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A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Terrible service marginal food
A loud table table of young drunks turned into an altercation. This was after asking managemanet if we could move. Management didn’t do anything about it
Appetizer portions small
Got order wrong
I would not recommend going there !

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Friendly service
Overpriced and mediocre food

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cosa Nostra has a great reasonably-priced Italian menu, the service was excellent, and we will definitely dine here again. From the crispy calamari and shrimp ball appetizers to all of our various meal selections- including lasagna, chicken parmesan and a fried shrimp dish, it was a totally delicious, relaxing experience.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food last Saturday evening was very good but my portion of Osso Buco was tiny and over cooked. I was extremely disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Soooooo good... Food was amazing. Service was better then most. Quiet and relaxing. Real deal.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Uber in for parking ease. We had the trout and ossu bucco. Both were delicious. Light portions but seasoned and cooked perfectly. Finished with legit tiramisu and expresso. Very friendly staff. We will definitely go again.

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SF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience out with friends. Service and food was impeccable as always.

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FB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Claudio was awesome and the food and wine were great!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Claudio our waiter was wonderful. He gave excellent suggestions and catered to us so much. The food was very good but portions were a bit on the small side for the price. We really enjoyed our dinner then and will definitely come back for a special occasion. Especially with him as our server.

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SS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was good and the food was temperature appropriate. Unfortunately the Branzino had so many bones it was difficult to enjoy. It made for an unpleasant meal.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food, and wine. Not inexpensive but well worth it.

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KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband and I visited this restaurant for my belated birthday dinner. There was live music on the entry level which able to be heard in the upper level dining rooms. We noticed that there were speakers in the ceiling so we would suggest having Italian music or soft music in place in order to add to the ambiance and muffle the live bar music below. The lighting was also a bit bright for dinner and would have been much nicer slightly dimmed.
Our waiter had only been working there for 4 days and didn't really know much about the drinks, menu items or desserts (the restaurant should include a small description on the dessert menu....we looked many of them up on line...and I'm Italian :-) However, he was very friendly and attentive throughout the night.
Our food was DELICIOUS. My husband began with the Insalata Cesare and I enjoyed the Rucola (baby arugula salad with olive oil, shaved Parmesan cheese and a half grilled lemon). We also shared the meatballs which came with a dollop of ricotta cheese, marinara and pesto.
For dinner, I enjoyed the salmon with gnocchi and pesto. It was cooked to perfection! My husband dined on the Chicken Piccata which was flavorful, tender and delicious. We then shared the Torta Della Nonna which was delightful, light and the perfect end to our meal. The Espresso machine was not working so we opted for a cup of coffee which was also wonderful (and I rarely say that about standard brewed coffee).
We will definitely be back!

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