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ABOUT

PASSION FOR OUR CULTURE...

My grandparents came to New York City from Sicily at a time when Fiorello La Guardia held mayoral office, Lucky Luciano was beginning a prison term, and the world was just starting to hear the music of Frank Sinatra.

 

While many Italians were reaching great heights, the average Southern Italian immigrants lived modestly, kept to their own neighborhoods, and raised families built upon whichever traditions from the old country could be maintained in the US.

Most family settings revolved around food...and while not all of the same ingredients were available to them, my family and so many others proudly built a new culture:

The Italian-American culture.

Somewhere in-between European and American personalities, we found this new definition of who we are...a charm that erupts in every Dean Martin song and on every makeshift bocce ball court on the East Coast; our identity is one that is at times as quaint as sharing a pizza around a vinyl kitchen table and, other times, as grandiose as "Connie's Wedding." But now, almost three generations later, we still cling to what makes us Italian-American.

 

My hope is that I’ve created a menu, a setting, and a mood that allows you to experience this culture, even if just for one night. If you want to savor a plate of freshly-made pasta, a glass of fine wine, and a few moments of “The Sweet Life,” then we have a place at the table for you.

-Michael
 

OUR MENU

La Trattoria specializes in handmade pasta and traditional Italian comfort dishes.
PASSION FOR GREAT FOOD...

First dates, Sunday dinners, holiday parties...our best memories seem to be surrounded by food. At Michael's LIttle Italy, our menu is the foundation for your experience. We specialize in rustic, yet elegant, cuisine. That means handmade pasta, traditional comfort dishes, and a meal you will remember for a long time. 

 
La Trattoria offers a variey of specialty and classic cocktails, and an impressive variety of Italian wine.
 
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LIVE MUSIC

La Trattoria is the home of jazz, swing, standards, and opera in Old Town Alexandria.
FROM JAZZ TO OPERA...A TIME MACHINE OF SOUND. 

We believe the sound of our restaurant is just as valuable as the smell and the taste. That is why we place such an importance on creating the perfect soundtrack for your experience here. Our weekends feature a variety of live music, from swing to soul to Sinatra...and of course, our legendary monthly opera nights. Hear for yourself what makes this experience different. 

 
CONTACT US
  • Monday through Thursday 5pm to 9pm 

  • Friday 12pm to 2pm & 5pm to 10pm 

  • Saturday 12pm to 3pm & 5pm to 10pm

  • Sunday 12pm to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm

  • Reservations strongly recommended

  • Dress code:

    • Bar & Pizzeria - Casual 

    • Upstairs Piano Room - Casual Elegance

703-548-9338 | info@MichaelsLittleItaly.com

305 S Washington Street, Alexandria VA 22314