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Sal's Caffe Italia

221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
+1 434-295-8484
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (32 reviews)
“bread” (19 reviews)
“manicotti” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 8:00 pm Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were visiting Charlottesville for a few news, visiting some wineries and doing some historic tours. On our first night we were both craving pasta and had gotten a recommendation for Sal's from another restaurant. We were not disappointed! The homemade parppadelle...More

Thank sara t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was okay but the service was absolutely horrible. Our waitress gave bread to all of her other tables but completely forgot about us.

Thank elisaanderson123
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Pass on the bread, and the service is nothing great. Food was average for the price. Atmosphere is cozy.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Wanted to try this place last April but they weren’t open for dinner on Sundays. This Sunday they were. We sat outside and were warned that the servers were quite busy. Our waitress was actually quite prompt. We had calamari, carbonara and lobster ravioli. All...More

Thank SmallTownTravelRX
Reviewed 5 July 2018

On Charlottesville downtown mall area, all restaurants are expensive. We ordered flash made pizza, very good and enough to feed whole family. They have outdoor seats but we decide stay in air condition room.

Thank Ben R
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely evening sitting outside under an umbrella having Margherita pizza and sangria. Food was delicious; setting perfect. I thought the food was a little over-priced but you are also paying for location, location, location.

Thank Swambo118
Reviewed 28 June 2018

At lunch we 4 sat on the patio. Two veal parmigiana sub sandwiches, very tasty. One Greek salad to a satisfied customer and one eggplant parmigiana, also very good. Satisfied customers.

Thank JP2516
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Spent a hot afternoon at the Downtown Mall and had a really nice meal at Sal's Caffe. Sat outside under shade trees, with our dog. The waiter was excellent and took great care of us. He had a bowl of water for our dog as...More

Thank Gregg W
Caffe I, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Gregg, Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. You made some good choices for sure! We can't wait to have you back soon! Jenn

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Reasonable prices for the downtown mall. The food is phenomenal and the atmosphere is a romantic and quiet. Almost straight from lady and the tramp :)

Thank bpulice
Caffe I, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

bpulice, We've often flirted with the idea of hosting a "Lady and The Tramp" night at Sal's. I'm not quite sure our alley way is big enough. Also, do you know a good accordion player? Thanks again for the kind review! Jenn

Reviewed 6 February 2018

.Sals is a small and intimate setting tight on the Downtown Mall. It reminded me of some small wonderful Italian joints in New Jersey 40+ years ago. Visited during Restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by the meal. Restaurant Week offer the opportunity to sample new...More

Thank TjScov
Jenn S, Owner at Sal's Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Thank you TjScov! We appreicate it so much! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best, Jenn

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Robert P
20 July 2016|
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Response from Jenn S | Property representative |
Hello! No I am sorry we do not deliver. We do take out however! Jenn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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