50 Best Restaurants: Ciao Osteria boasts comfort with its Italian-American fare

The homey Italian-American restaurant commands attention from its spot in a Centreville strip mall.

pizza with cheese and meat on picnic table
Photo by Rey Lopez

By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano

Ciao Osteria

Centreville | Italian | $$

“I’ll have the penne alla vodka.” It was a statement, not a question. This dish isn’t on the menu at Ciao Osteria, a homey Italian-American restaurant that commands lines on the weekends in its spot in a Centreville strip mall.

This post originally appeared in our November 2019 issue’s 50 Best Restaurants cover story. For more food reviews, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

fish on fried crabcake
Photo by Rey Lopez

The server wrote down the order, no question. Ciao Osteria is a place of comfort, with standards from the red-sauce-joint canon (on menu or off), and also expertly charring Neapolitan-style pies. The toppings—mozzarella, prosciutto de Parma, arugula—are intentionally sparse, better to let the chewy crust have its moment.

cocktail with fruit on stick
Photo by Rey Lopez

Follow the path most followed and order the boozy, rich, creamy, can’t-go-wrong tiramisu for dessert. // 14115 St. Germain Drive, Centreville

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