Italian: Just across the Potomac River from D.C., Landini Brothers sits in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Unique dishes made with fresh ingredients following traditional Tuscan recipes are the hallmark of the menu. Glancing at the list of entrees is like a feast for the eyes -- and yes, your mouth will start watering. Whether you opt for the calamari alla luciana (fresh squid poached in a sauce made of tangy tomatoes and white wine), the sinful fettuccine Alfredo or the rack of lamb with mint sauce, you'll be tucking into a meal that'll remain on your mind (and possibly your waistline) for days.
Alexandria's Best Italian Restaurants: Tourists flock to this low-key Old Town bar and restaurant for good reason — it offers excellent Italian dishes in a low-lit, comfortable atmosphere. Traditional favorites include linguini with clam sauce and terrific seafood and shrimp dishes. The chef has a way with veal, from marsala to piccata, and pastas come topped with hearty homemade sauces, fresh vegetables, hearty sausages, and flavorful cheeses. The award-winning wine list promises options from Italy and around the world.