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Sal's Caffe Italia

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221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
+1 434-295-8484
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Princeton, New Jersey
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I took our daughter in law and her two young daughters (4&7) to this restaurant for dinner.. It was a wonderful experience.. food was terrific .. the service was lovely .. atmosphere wonderful.. and I felt was a great value .. highly recommend it and look forward to returning the next time we get down there..

Thank larry1142
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I had the Lasagna Bolognese and it was wonderful! Very large portion. Large wine selection too. They also serve beer, but no liquor. Service was excellent and we had so much food we had to take some home with us. We will be back.

Thank WinstonSalemForReal
Alexandria, Virginia
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I actually complimented the chef on the way out - we ate there on a busy Saturday night and I ordered the Antonino Pizza, which has spinach, artichokes and dried tomatoes on it. It was suberb and I told the chef it was the best pizza I ever ate. I would highly recommend this restuarant to anyone!

Thank KodiakEd
San Antonio, Texas
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Excellent pesto linguine, and good pizza. Attentive service. However, $20 for a 12-inch personal pie is a bit steep. I noticed that they have a genuine wood-fired oven as kind of an attraction but, on the night of our visit, did not use it to cook the pizza. Huh? In my experience, forno a legna is state-of-the-art for genuine Italian... More 

Thank James B
Waynesboro, Va.
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292 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had a quick lunch here recently while shopping Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Located in the middle of the mall, the restaurant was nicely decorated in typical Italian fashion. Our waitress was excellent with quick, friendly and efficient service. The menu is interesting with lots of traditional choices including a number of panini's with unusual ingredients. As we were interested in... More 

Thank Bermudaman
Northern Virginia, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

If you are a lover of Alfredo sauce, this is the place for you. I want to go back and try all of their pappardelle pasta options in both alfredo and pink lady sauces. I started at the top of the list with the DiMarco in pink lady, and it was absolutely the best. My wife had the Moncheri in... More 

Thank Gabe D
Charlottesville, Virginia
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I generally avoid Italian restaurants in Charlottesville because I can usually do the food better myself or the price is so damned high for piddling portions that I feel utterly ripped off. Thus it was with a mild sense of trepidation that my wife and I went with friends to Sal's. The first re-assuring thing having chosen our own seats,... More 

Thank VelkyAl
Camp Hill, United States
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

The service was quick and friendly. The spaghetti bolgnese was tasty; as was the manicotti. We had very good bread and split a small garden salad. Portions were ample. All in all a very satisfactory experience.

Thank Jonelle D
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We enjoyed dinner in the open courtyard, it was a very nice atmosphere. Pizza was good, not great, but certainly better than takeout. Server was very pleasant and attentive.

Thank Tim O
Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Pretty good Italian fare in a centrally located restaurant on the Downton Mall. Their outdoor dining area, located under the trees, is a pleasant place to share a meal with friends.

Thank omyheck

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-295-8484

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?