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  • Review Count
    2
  • Helpfulness Votes
    1
  • First Review
    May 2, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 4, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.5
 
 
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This family-run Italian eatery on Crystal City’s busy restaurant row, a.k.a. 23rd Street, has been dishing up plates of pasta for three generations. Adelmo Micheli and his son, Sergio, opened the place in 1970, later Sergio and his wife Pilar ran it, and recently their son Richard, a Culinary Institute of America grad, has taken the torch. The old world feel -- think dark wood, gilded mirrors, and brocade boudoir chairs -- strikes a nostalgic chord with older couples and extended families with children who frequent the place and become regulars. They come for classic Italian fare -- many of the plates are from longtime family recipes. Pastas include lasagna bolognese, and linguine with Ligurian pesto. More substantial plates range from dishes like veal marsala, with wine and mushrooms, or chicken piccata with lemon and capers, to rosemary-crusted lamb chops with black olive sauce. There’s also an extensive list of daily specials.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Super place to reaquaint!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2008
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Went to dinner with an old friend to get reaquainted -- nice, romantic with good food. I absolutely loved my veal, she was so-so on the gnochi. Half-price bottle of wine was a really nice surprise, and certainly got us a better bottle than I normally would have bought. I'll go back!"
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic
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Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. This elegant, but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo's menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Date Night!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/31/2014
 2008
Dined on 3/31/2014
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"One of my favorite places in Alexandria for a date night. Sophisticated, with consistently outstanding food!!!"
Dined on 3/31/2014
 2008
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