If you read the reviews of this place on Yelp most will mention the run-down exterior. That’s no joke. I think most people would pass this place by due to its lack of curb appeal. But, looks can be deceiving. Once you step inside there’s a dramatic improvement. It still isn’t the Taj Mahal, but does have some character.

As for the food, it may not be great, but it is a better alternative to what’s in the area. According to the lady who took our order, pastas are made fresh. That might be the case, but unfortunately fresh pasta couldn’t save the not-so-fresh lobster in the lobster ravioli dish ($20). There was something slightly “off” about it — the smell, taste. If it wasn’t for the sauce, which was reminiscent of a romesco (I know, not Italian), I wouldn’t have been able to eat it. The look of the raviolis was cool as it was stripes of light and dark pasta.

The kid got a cheese pizza which was decent, and the rest of the family each got individual orders of lasagna. The large serving size could easily feed two or three people and there was plenty left over after we were finished. Forget about the Italian chains in the area, the lasagna here beats them hands down.

Service was friendly and quick and prices were more than reasonable. For five of us to dine it cost $100 before tip. Their wine list is also very limited so don’t come here expecting a top notch selection. Just use the money you saved from dinner to pick up a nice bottle from the liquor store.

3 Stars (the lasagna was the only thing saving it from a lower rating)

16918 Dumfries Rd
Dumfries, VA 22026
(703) 445-0046

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