North Italia - Reston

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$30 and under
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Italian
At North, we set the standard for crave-worthy by serving delicious handmade food daily. Our chefs use only the freshest ingredients to create Italian dishes that consistently satisfy. Enjoy pastas made from scratch daily. Favorites like Bolognese and Chicken Parm. And unexpected bites that go above beyond, like savory Zucca Chips and White Truffle Garlic Bread. Plus an assortment of house-made cocktails, expertly curated wine, and local craft beers that will beckon you to relax, sip and savor every moment you are here.
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Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I would recommend with reservations. We were very please the first two times we visited this restaurant and the food was terrific. This time the food was just so so. My favorite dish, spaghetti and meatballs did not have the intricate flavors it did the first few times. The squid ink pasta which we were told was there specialty was a big disappointment. The calamari was mainly arugula lettuce. Very disappointed.

F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food is fairly decent but the menu is extremely limited and honestly, kind of boring.

The silly grilled bread with 'good' olive oil appetizer was disappointing as there was very little olive oil, of any quality, present.

Entrees varied in quantity wildly so that the person with the smallest appetite ate her tortelloni fast while the rest of us had more sizable entrees to work through.

Service is extremely friendly and cheerful but execution is not there and seems it never will be. The server had no idea that dolcetta is on their wine list when I ordered a glass of it, and also couldn't answer a question about the beer list without disappearing for 10 minutes to ask the bartender.

No one had any idea who ordered what but the person who delivered the plates didn't even wait for an answer before putting plates down at random in front of each in my party of 4. Nothing horrible happened, it's just that I expect more and would appreciate the friendly energy being channeled into executing on service rather than kibbitzing with me like we're old friends.

DD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The location is great and the food is good. For once the tables are not right next to each other so you could actually have a conversation without the person sitting at the next table overhearing everything

e
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service were excellent. Love the bolognese and tiramisu.

On the downside, it was loud there and we sat a good distance from the front door but could feel a draft - it was a very cold night out.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We went on Valentine’s Day which I do t think if fair to judge any rest

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The fixed price valentines day dinner was fair at best. I played it safe and went with the lobster appetizer and filet mignon for entre. Neither was that tasty. My wife played it safe also with the meatball appetizer which was OK and the Bolognese which was just OK. Even the drinks were just OK. Not a favorite place but everywhere else was booked.

SP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

i was sick after eating the meal; we ordered the caesar salads, procioutto pizza, desert...tasted good but the body disagreed.

AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Our server Nathan was great. Super nice and helpful.

M
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service in bar area, even spilled my wine and they gave me a new glass! Great food and good plave to go with friends!

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and very nice location and mood for a great dining experience.

RE
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had experienced North Italia in San Diego a few weeks ago, so when we learned there's one in Reston, we thought it would be great for dinner with kids and grandkids. Exactly right! My son and daughter-in-law loved it and the 6 & 4-year olds had a good time too. Food was great. And waiter Nate made it fun with recommendations and comments. He said it was his first solo weekend on the floor, but he handled everything like a seasoned pro.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and loved the music and vibe to the restaurant. Great value and fun place. Friendly staff. A treasure in Reston Town Center ❤️

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Food was cold and everything was incredibly over priced! $20 for a glass of wine! You have to pay $5.00 to get bread which was cold and greasy!

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there for dinner and enjoyed the chef’s board, fig, prosciutto and goat cheese pizza and a pasta dish. The service was prompt and food was very good. Definitely a nice dinner out.

M
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Breakfast was way too greasy (despite telling them not to put oil when ordered) and took waiter way too long to take our order even though there was only one other table dining there for brunch. Also we were there for a birthday which was told ahead of time but the waiter was still not aware of this.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

We made a reservation and arrived early. When we checked in we were told they would not put us on the waitlist even though they said we would be seated within 30 mins vs waiting a hour. We ended up having someone else in our group put their name down and we where seated faster so we “missed the reservation.” The waiter/waitress where too busy in their phones taking selfies in the kitchen and bar area to even fill up our glasses with water. We tried to order dessert instead we got the check and she was no where to be seen after that. They didn’t come and check on us at all and when it came to the bill we had to ask someone else to get our waitress to run the check so we could leave. The 4 of us will not be back.

Y
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Thought we would give this a try after all the good reviews. The hostess was so rude when we entered, we actually left to see if we could get into a different restaurant. We returned because we could not get into another spot. My food tasted like a Lean Cuisine, The cheese sauce was watery and had no taste. The chicken in the pasta was less than 2 ounces. We ordered espresso which was horrid, over-roasted and bitter. I definitely had better and paid a lot less.

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was outstanding, service was great. Prices were fine, but the restaurant was very, very noisy. This space has always been noisy, no matter the restaurant, but was hoping they would design in some sound dampening features. We enjoyed our meal and will go back, but the noise will be a factor as to whether we choose this spot or somewhere you don't have to work so hard to hold a conversation.

T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

My experience the first two times at this North Italia was good. The last time I went with my husband the service was fair . We ordered a bottle of wine that the waiter assured us was full bodied. When it arrived it was very light. The manager was accommodating and let us select another bottle. The Yucca chips were very greasy and limp, not at all crispy like a chip. Pastas were lukewarm.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

The waiter was not attentive. I am not sure if he was assigned to another area in the restaurant , but we rarely saw him. We all had water to drink with meal and our glasses we never refilled until we had all finished eating. We had to wait 10-15 minutes before our order was taken after water was brought to table. We ordered 3 salads and 2 were brought out and the 3rd salad came out about 10 minutes later. Also when I made the reservation, I requested a booth or an area with little traffic. We were sat at a table right in the middle of the restaurant. We requested another table and were given an empty booth on the side which was very nice and much appreciated.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The service was lacking. I think it was just our server who was not very attentive. I saw other servers who seemed to be on top of their game. The food was average. My fish was a little too charred. Possibly the temp was too high on the grill. The atmosphere was cool. And the restaurant was full. I might try it again but I’m in no rush to go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience4

Anniversary w the hunny

KC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

First time to North Italia for brunch after previously enjoying dinners over the past few months. Overall, everything was great, however, the server was a bit slow to respond and return to the table. We had a few miscommunications on the order, but food and drink were quite good.

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My moms bday and she loved it. Great food and staff

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. The service was excellent, some new items on the menu, food arrived quickly and was wonderful.

O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

Host stand girls rude and disrespectful. Please fire.

SL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We’ve been here twice now & I must say that the food is really good but the service is even better.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and restaurant were great. I highly recommend it for date night. It would be great if they would split the check out when it’s a bigger group.

JB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

the quality of food and service is very high. i love coming here

BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Good food; noisy

J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I found North Italia to be a disappointment. Looking at our other options in the Reston area, North Italia was mediocre at best.

My biggest complaints are with the lack of customer service starting with the hostess, going through to the server. We were treated unprofessionally when checking in, the server did not listen to our requests, and then to top, she ignored my request for a candle in my sister in laws dessert, which was the reason we were there. The food was pricey for what it was, the quality was no better than Maggianos at twice the cost.

It was very loud, and poorly laid out. There was no where to put you coats, which didn't matter since were we were seated became extremely cold every time the door opened. When we asked to be re-seated we were told that we would need to wait another hour for a table to open up.

Thankfully we have other choices.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

This was the 4-5 times my husband and I came to dine here. This time the server was terrible, slow service. He gave us the wrong bill before even asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. We ordered 2 coffee and he forgot to bring them. We just didn’t want them anymore. The night was a total service disaster.

PI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Would recommend, but with caveats. Waitstaff were very nice, but the service was ridiculously slow. Mixed drinks were bad. Food was quite good once it arrive...decent presentation, nice portions etc. Wine selection was okay. A decent-enough place, but would not make it a destination. Was with good friends and left feeling fine, but nobody was wow'ed by any means. My first trip, a few months ago, was far better in every respect. Maybe just an off night?

d
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unreal quality of food and flavors. Handmade pasta, fresh and flavorful sauces, great culinary execution. This is a gem that I hope sticks around in Reston Town Center. Attentive, friendly staff.

V
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good happy hour but it fills up really fast -- getting a table and sitting in the restaurant has a better ambience than the bar anyways in my opinion. Delicious! Friendly people

JG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Server was super, from Northern Italy, per her name was Valerie? Great service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great find! The food was very flavorful. I also am grateful to a place that will do half portions on request. Try the outstanding bolognese pasta.

SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Ambience was nice, service was good, food not so good. Felt it was bland and for $19 torteloni not worth it. Don’t mind paying for something if it is really good, but this was not. My friend got the Bolognese and felt the same way.

HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience at North Italia. The food was superb and our waitress was friendly and responsive. Thank you so much! We will be back!