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Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Alexandria. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Alexandria restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Landini Brothers, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Tempo. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Alexandria - Airport - Dca, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

8 Pizzeria Paradiso
Paradiso is not your average pizza joint. Gourmet pizzas are freshly prepared with ingredients such as soy mozzarella and goat cheese. Not only do they perfect the art of making pizza, but they provide an ample supply of impeccable microbrew beers. This Old Town pizzeria masterfully pairs pies with specialty brews, including Stillwater and Dupont. (703-837-1245)

7 Tempo
The idea of a "filling station" takes on new meaning at this bustling restaurant, a former gas station that now fuels its large clientele with a blended French and Italian cuisine. Large windows and lofty ceilings make for a pleasant, surprisingly elegant dining room, and the cuisine is sophisticated without being complicated. Favorite dishes include swordfish in lobster sauce, medallions of beef au roquefort, and mahi mahi with cilantro and lime juice. Look, too, for great pasta dishes and wines, along with homemade desserts like white and dark chocolate mousse cake. (703-370-7900)

6 Il Porto Ristorante
For 25 years, this classy restaurant has been the place to go for Italian cuisine. Authentic through and through, it features Italian art, fine linens, fresh flowers, and a great menu. Dishes range from pasta to beef and seafood to vegetarian, and special options include veal scaloppinni, lasagna, and the popular Pasta alla Venziana, which is chock full of shrimp, lobster, and scallops in an herb butter. Daily specials and a daily chef's suggestion are sure picks. Ideal for special occasions. (703-836-8833)

5 Bilbo Baggins
Tucked inside a pleasant yellow house, this dining room offers excellent views of the bustling street, and in winter, a fire usually blazes. Great service adds a gracious touch, and seafood specialties include cedar-planked salmon or fresh yellowfin tuna. Vegetarians enjoy tortilla pizza, potato pancakes, and delicious pastas, while meat lovers relish beef tenderloin studded with sun-dried tomatoes. A nice wine list and homemade desserts, like bread pudding made with homemade raisin bread, make the place a neighborhood favorite. (703-683-0300)

4 Geranio
This traditional Italian outpost has been around for years, earning both a loyal following and a reputation for masterful, classic fare. Try the fresh catch with lemon and capers or perhaps tender veal parmesan, lobster risotto, or an excellent grilled portobello topped with cheese. Be careful, too, not to fill up on the delicious bread and herb-infused olive oil. At least a dozen pasta specialties are available daily, in addition to beef, chicken, and seafood options. Enjoy it all by candlelight at a romantic, fireplace table. (703-548-0088)

3 Landini Brothers
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. (703-836-8404)

2 Monroe's
If you like your Italian with an American slant, this place is for you. The romantic dining room offers cozy ambience, and the patio is perfect for al fresco dining during warm months. Ideal for a date or special occasion, the restaurant also accommodates families with kids, and the menu offers something for everyone. Possibilities include pizzas, salads, homemade pasta shells with sausage, shrimp with brandy and green peppercorns, and pan-fried veal piccata. A nice wine list and helpful service add to the homestyle charm. (703-548-5792)

1 Faccia Luna Trattoria — Alexandria
Faccia Luna Trattoria makes eating pizza an upscale experience rather than just a quickie meal. Surroundings are sophisticated yet casual, and the menu includes homemade pastas, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and a variety of appetizers, along with the specialty — wood-fired pizzas. Create your own pie, or order from the menu's established options. Drinks include bottled Italian wines and a collection of domestic microbrews. (703-838-5998)


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Pizzeria Paradiso 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - DCA
COST: $
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Tempo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, French, Italian
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Il Porto Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Bilbo Baggins 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Geranio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Landini Brothers 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Monroe's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $$
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Faccia Luna Trattoria — Alexandria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: Airport - Dca
COST: $
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