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Sal's Caffe Italia

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221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
+1 434-295-8484
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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San Antonio, Texas
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Waynesboro, Va.
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280 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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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 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

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Camp Hill, United States
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

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Thank Jonelle D
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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.

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Thank Tim O
Charlottesville, Virginia
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54 reviews
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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.

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Rochester,NY
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159 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Cute Italian Restaurant. But the food was average. I can not say it wowed me or disappointed me. I ordered Chicken Marsala. The sauce was ok. It did not come with a large amount of sauce or mushroom. Most restaurants serve it with pasta, or salad, this one did not. In fact, none of the dishes come with salad and... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Basic Italian/pizza restaurant with a great patio on the mall. enjoyed a fine dinner while listening to street performers and watching the crowd go by

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324 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We gave Sal's a try for lunch and found it to be quite nice. Easy to find with the red checked table cloths, sitting outside on a pleasant Fall afternoon can't be beat. My wife had a Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli and I had a Ham and Pineapple Pizza, both quite good. There are many places to choose from in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
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
Sunday
11:30 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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?