Best Italian Restaurant in Charlottesville

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Family Style

When it comes to Family Style dining in Charlottesville, Sal’s Caffe Italia has the BEST style!  With two price points: you AND your wallet will leave full!


Thank You, Charlottesville!

We are excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year! The Charlottesville Downtown Mall was a very different place in 1985 but we are glad to have experienced all those years with you all! Here’s to another 30!

About Sal’s Caffe Italia

Italian restaurant –  Sal’s Caffe Italia has been serving up it’s restaurant specialties to loyal Charlottesville locals and tourists for over 30 years!

Explore Our Food Menu

Explore our menu of authentic Italian recipes made from our parents and grandparents. We strive to stay true to our family traditions, these recipes are just that!

Book Your Table Online

We accept reservations Monday-Thursday.  During the weekends (Friday-Sunday) we operate on a first come-first served basis.  Our wait times are reasonable and lines are fast moving.



Sal’s Caffe Italia – Authentic Italian Restaurant in Charlottesville

Sal’s Caffe Italia – Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering the best in homemade, mouthwatering Italian delights. Sal’s Italian Restaurant offers fine Italian specialties including pasta, pizza, salads and sandwiches. Sal’s Italian Restaurant has an extensive wine list from various regions of Italy including many local Charlottesville wines. Family owned and operated since 1985, this Italian restaurant in Charlottesville will not disappoint. Dine indoors and enjoy our cozy brick oven hearth or enjoy an authentic Italian meal under the stars on our beautiful patio.

For an authentic Italian Restaurant in Charlottesville, choose Sal’s Caffe Italia. With seating for 50 inside and over 80 outside, Sal’s Italian Restaurant can accommodate your next special event.  Do you have a large group visiting? Welcome them in the true Sicilian fashion! Consider Sal’s Caffe Italia’s family style dining.   The only true family style dining experience in Charlottesville.  With two price points, you AND your wallet will leave full!

Sal’s Italian Restaurant uses the finest Imported products as well as many locally sourced foods from area farms. We are proud to be an exclusive buyer of Grande imported cheeses and enjoy sharing a true taste of Italy with our customers. We are proud to cook and serve our authentic Italian recipes each day. We can’t wait to serve you at the best Italian Restaurant in Charlottesville!

Our Authentic Italian Menu

We use the finest ingredients available for our dishes. Exclusively featuring GRANDE Cheese products.  Our fresh mozzarella, provolone, and parmegiano reggiano are the best on the market.

Our pizza dough is homemade and hand kneaded daily.  An art we have perfected over the last 30 years! Our produce is always fresh.  We strive to use local tomatoes, as well as many other locally sourced ingredients.

We also feature an inclusive wine collection, with bottles and house pours from numerous regions of Italy.  A number of Virginia wines are available to compliment your meal. Featuring Prince Michel, Stone Mountain, and Rapidan River.  Also featuring Gabriele Rausse Merlot and Chardonnay.