A Taste of Italy

About us

  • Owned and operated by the Parlanti family since 1999, A Taste of Italy has been bringing traditional Sicilian cuisine and culture to Midlothian, Virginia for almost fifteen years. The restaurant strives to continually provide its customers with fresh, delicious Italian food of the highest quality while maintaining a warm, modern, and comfortable environment where everyone is considered family.

    Born in Torretta, a town located on the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, Rosario Parlanti dreamed of one-day passing down to his own children the time-honored culinary traditions of his family. His wife Marianna helped make this dream come true, and after raising their own family in Brooklyn, New York for many years, they decided to settle down in Virginia. Opening a restaurant was the natural choice, as the Parlanti family knew that they wanted to share their modern take on traditional Italian fare with their new neighbors.
    At A Taste of Italy, everything that is served in not only authentic, but is prepared fresh daily by expert hands. From the bread baked in the hearth to the hand-kneaded fresh mozzarella that Rosario learned to make from his father, to the basil and rosemary grown in the back garden, you can be sure that the food here is simply superior to the rest.

    If you are looking for something different, the Parlanti family recommends the Chicken Piccata, the stuffed fresh Salmon al Forno, or the homemade Lasagna. Of course the traditional dishes such as Chicken Francese, Veal Parmigiana, or Pizza Margherita will leave nothing to be desired. Daily lunch and dinner specials assure that every member of your family will leave satisfied.
    Whether you visit for an intimate date, a business meeting, or an all-out family affair, A Taste of Italy promises to provide you not only with the best Italian food outside of Italy, but with an exceptional experience as well. At A Taste of Italy, YOU are family.