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Posted by Gabby S on 05/21/2010
Mike's Italian Restaurant on Rt. 1 in Alexandria is, without question, one of the best kept secrets in northern Virginia. The exterior is unpretentious to the point that one would think it a cheap, beer-drinking, pizza joint. BUT, once inside, the rustic Italian decor ads a quaint ambience setting the stage for the best northern Italian cuisine you will ever put to your mouth! Luigi Tonizzo, owner and Head Chef, is a magician in the kitchen! I have been patronizing Mike's for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal. I guarantee that if you visit once .... you'll go back
Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2008
My wife and I go to Mike's Italian Restaurant quite often. From the outside, it is an unassuming building. When you go in the door though, things start to warm up. It's quite homey inside. But the real appeal is the food. I lived in Europe for a number of years, and this eating establishment is extremely authentic. The owner, Luigi, is also the chef. His wife, quite often, is the host, and the staff is friendly. His spaghetti carbonara is the best I tasted, to include Italy. The ingredients are the same, but it simply has a richer taste. We have had other pasta dishes and been quite pleased. Their pepper steak, although not an Italian dish, is quite good. To conclude, this is a great restaurant - you just need to stop and try it.
Posted by Wanna Be Regular on 04/27/2007
This little restaurant on the side of the highway is one of those great little Mom and Pop, family owned and run, hole in the wall places. The food is great and so is the service. The whole staff is very warm and friendly. You can find people in suits and people in T-shirts, all enjoying this great little treasure of a place. The cuisine can't get more authentic., the owners grew up in northern Italy, and they make most everything from scratch. I can't say enough about the place, and even though I no longer live in the area, I still make the 60min trek on occasion, to get some top notch Veal Parm.