Michael's Little Italy

4.7
184 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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4.8
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4.6
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AngelaM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Michael's was amazing. The dessert was great. Food was yummy. Loved it

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GregoryW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we were served was delicious, especially the collifower fritti. Osso Buco was tender and a bid enough entree that I completed it the next day for lunch. David at the piano always makes it a special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very helpful and generous staff!

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vipmaribethb
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect in every way- food and customer service are exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat at a cozy table for two by the fireplace. The room was lovely. We had the spaghetti carbonara, which is to die for. Everyone there welcomed us as though we were welcomed into their home. I highly recommend this restaurant! One of my favorites!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything from the food to the service and the environment was fantastic. Our servers were very attentive. We all enjoyed our food and ordered pizza, the lobster ravioli, caprice salad and the lasagna. The only negative thing that we saw was the bathrooms need a lot of work. But other than that we would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food, darker atmosphere. Light fell off the wall, but otherwise awesome experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Cozy atmosphere and great service and prices. However, do not recommend adding chicken to your pasta bowl. The chicken was inedible- tasted like reheated frozen chicken. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the nice staff though, and the prices were decent for Italian in this area.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

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vipWolf
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing experience. They've put up personal tents for the outdoor seating to make your experience warm, intimate, and covid-friendly. Plus the food was amazing and service was extra-friendly. Would recommend!

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JulieG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for exquisite food and beverages with a cozy atmosphere. Great to share with family, friends or a special someone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my daughters 2 years remission from leukemia, and we were so happy with the place food is excellent delicious and very testy also I will let anyone who was to know that my family and me , are very greatly appreciated everything, we caming back

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AndyG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria/Arlington area. Great food all of the time and great ambiance.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was slow coming, but it was a wonderful experience anyway. Drinks were on the pricy side, but the meal was very reasonable. We'll go back for sure!

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NyLuncher
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food!

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vipLeopoldoA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered the calamari fritti, the alfredo fettuccine with shrimp and canolis. Amazing experience, the marinara with the calamari was outstanding, the fettuccine was fresh home made pasta amazing, and the cannolis were to die for. wine reasonably priced. Michael was on top of every detail. If you want to get as close to Italy while strolling by the streets in Alexandria, do not miss this place. Will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local vibe. Everything was perfect- food, service and value! Highly recommend!!

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Boston650
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pizza and service!

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Zwischenuns
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overpriced especially the wine. Food was good. Great service.

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MerylP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome dinner, especially for our first night out in months. I do not recommend the calamari (overly fried so it was tiny and dried out). But the pasta was amazing. Our waitress made me a mocktail and my husband loved his cocktail. We will be back!!

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crow0720
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, timely, and awesome wait staff. Pricing is a little high but given the times (Covid), I’m willing to pay for the high quality I received. I will definitely go here again!

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ShaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pizza brings me back to New Jersey or New York City. Extremely authentic. Service was wonderful as well.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Small menu with quality food. Feel free to ask to adjust the sauces or pasta to whatever u want. They were awesome and their oldie jukebox was awesome.

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vipVitale
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The best NY style pizza in the DMV. The husband and wife owners are from Brooklyn and NJ respectfully and the pizza is truly authentic. The homemade pasta dishes are truly outstanding. I had the pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, and it transported my taste bud to Italy.

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ZhoraSully
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great that they offered dine-in within the limitations of the Virginia restrictions at that time. Everything was done in a way that ensured diners’ safety and the food was excellent. It was a great way to get out for my wife’s birthday. We look forward to going back when they are back to full operations!

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LorasS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought two friends visiting from Ohio and one from California. Both had been to Michael's on their last visit and insisted the we go again. They pronounced that Michael's was their favorite DC metro place for fine dining and that the cheese cake was the best they had ever had. I have to agree-- completely and enthusiastically. A++

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LorasS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Michael and company have created a real Old Town gem. The menu, staff, service--- It is A number 1. My favorite Alexandria dining place.

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vipannpeter
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It was the night after Valentine's but they had the same menu. Charming and friendly restaurant with owners so pleasant. Great live piano player - excellent. The appetizers were delicious and beautifully prepared. My entree of the salmon was a bit on the dry side, which was disappointing. However, my friend's osso bucco was wonderful. We will be back especially to try the NY pizza, and to enjoy opera night.

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Gidster
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Too expensive for a less than perfect experience. Best calamari app I have ever had but main courses were just average. Very quaint and romantic. Great ambiance. Piano player was a nice addition to our valentines day dinner. When my wife asked for a sugar rim for her drink the waitress claimed that the owner doesnt allow that???? They ended up doing it anyway but that is a very odd policy if its true. It was a cold night and all the doors were old and very drafty. Too expensive for a less than perfect experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat upstairs close to the piano, which had David(pretty sure that’s his name but I could be wrong, wonderful older gentleman) playing and interacting with us all throughout our meal, he took requests and explained some music history to us, as all of us are music lovers so it was the exact experience we look for. The food is always absolutely outstanding and I have never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered so far.

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AndreaK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the stracciatella (their soup of the day), the mussels appetizer, the eggplant lasagna and the pappardelle bolognese. We went on a Sunday night when they were having a piano bar evening upstairs, and it was lots of fun!

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cab91
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was our first visit after passing the restaurant for years and thinking, we need to go there sometime. Restaurant week seemed like the best time. We were a party of 4 and we had a very nice dinner. Our server took good care of us and she was very friendly. It was a Thursday evening so the restaurant wasn't as busy as I imagine it is on the weekend. Next time, we'll have to try to pizza next door.

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vipvataste
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A little cold - needs heat in the bar/restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Absolutely the worst meal I have had in a long time. I’m Italian and would rather eat at the Olive Garden before coming here ever again. What “Italian” restaurant uses no-boil pasta shells for the daily special?? Really??? And the Chicken Parm - a frozen chicken patty with red sauce??? Come on...

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RichardM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is one of my favorites in Alexandria. The cool renovated home, exposed brick, and great bar makes this unique. The food is all home made, the desserts, breads and all are made on site and excellent. Portions are just right sized to satisfy hunger yet not over stuff. Plan on several more trips in 2020. The fish is always excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Very underwhelming. The ambiance and piano player made the restaurant feel like a scene out of an old mob film. Definite nice touch. Beyond that you can keep the place. Service was slow and inattentive. The food was just awful. My daughter and I both had the squid ink fettuccine. It had a poached egg on top that was completely over cooked defeating the purpose of a gorgeous runny yolk mixing into the carbonara. Every bite also had large chunks of raw onion in it. The whole dish was just poorly done. My son had linguine and clams that were somehow spicy and simultaneously flavorless. My husband had the chicken parm and was not impressed. The sauce was certainly not like my grandmothers. Tasted like it came from a jar. A cheap jar. Over cooked pasta and breading on the chicken was bland. They also upcharged for every little thing. Every soda or juice the kids ordered was on the bill. My son asked for spaghetti for instead of their fresh spinach capellini and we got charged $6 for that. I could have bought 3 boxes of pasta in a store for $6. Insane. Very disappointed overall. We went back to our hotel and scrounged for something to eat at 11:00 at night because we all left La Trattoria starving.

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vipRHString
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always try to visit LaT when we are in Alexandria. Food is always spot on, and the service is prompt and friendly.
Highlight of this visit was the homemade lobster ravioli. May be the best I’ve ever had. If you are lucky enough to be at LaT when they have it, do yourself a favor and order it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Went for Christmas Eve dinner with my husband. The staff was great with two phone calls prior to the dinner to let us know they were doing the traditional 7 Fishes dinner, but would still have their pasta selections a la carte if we did not want to do the planned dinner. When we got to the restaurant their was just the night’s special menu with only three pasta options and our server clearly was only prepared to handle the pre-programmed choices. The food was good, however the experience was not what we imagined and it took over 2.5 hr to eat just a salad and main course since we had to flag our server for when we were ready to order and finally needed to get the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was very personable and patient with our young grandchildren. Food was excellent. Enjoyed the live piano music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Table of four, with appetizers, entrees, wine, and dessert: everything was excellent except the Veal Francesca, which was too tough and unflavorful. Especially loved the fresh pesto with the bread, calamari, and lasagna.

FAQs

Michael's Little Italy offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-9338.

Michael's Little Italy is rated 4.7 stars by 184 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.