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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 good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (27 reviews)
“manicotti” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5231
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Ate here on a Saturday night in mid May. It's located in downtown historic walking mall, lots of outdoor eateries and shops in a 6-7 block area. Wonderful atmosphere. Restaurant serves good Italian food and pizza, but the main feature was the outdoor dining ambiance...More

Thank NH_Joe
Reviewed 25 February 2012

A bit of early spring had us sitting at the red-and-white checked table outside on the Downtown Mall. (I had a Living Social "deal" for this place.) There is a wide selection of pastas and among them a choice of 4-5 sauces. Server took considerable...More

Thank Lulu22902
Reviewed 19 November 2011

This restaurant was open for lunch on a Sunday. I was surprised by the quality of food, ambiance and great service. Strongly recommend it.

Thank Foncho11
Reviewed 1 November 2011

We ate here on our last night in C'ville. We ate dinner out on the patio. Yes, it was pricey, but it was worth every penny. The waitress was very helpful and our drinks never got below half full! It was delicious, and I'm not...More

Thank LovetotravelRN
Reviewed 19 May 2011

Very nice service, excellent food, pink lady sauce perfect, the shrimp ceaser was fantastic! shrimp was nicly flavored! Great find!

Thank kody76
Reviewed 14 February 2011

Really not sure why all the other reviews are so bad?? Maybe they've since changed management or chef? We were there on a Saturday afternoon, maybe 2-3. We were seated right away in one of the only 2 available tables. Our waitress was very friendly...More

Thank cmchwms
Reviewed 9 November 2010

We went to Charlottesville to visit UVA, and figured we'd just stop into a local eatery in the downtown area for dinner. We picked Sal's and we sure picked wrong. The experience was a complete disappointment. We waited at least 5 minutes and probably more...More

Thank bgjolie
Reviewed 22 July 2009

I do not think that I have ever been to an Italian restaurant as bad as this. The food was absolutely bad. We did have a nice server and it sure was not their fault the food is bad. There are just to many good...More

Thank robsok
Reviewed 1 June 2009

The food was overcooked and the service was truly horrible. And don't bother to complain because the manager will only make excuses and not solve the problem. Save yourself from this place, go elsewhere, there are good restaurants only steps away. This one is for...More

1  Thank grayonline
Reviewed 27 May 2007

We didn't check Trip Advisor before setting out for lunch - what a mistake!!! First we waited 15 minutes before the waitress showed up. Then we waited another 10 minutes for our drinks which came out after salad. I could see the water and ice...More

1  Thank Cynthia1067
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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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