Last Friday night, Brett and I tried a new restaurant in Historic Fredericksburg. Castiglias is a family owned Italian restaurant located on Williams Street. We had a chance to meet one of the owners who is from Naples, Italy. From the looks of the restaurant and the number of people waiting for a table, this place is very popular and very good.
They offer indoor sitting at tables or at the pizza or bar area. They also offer outdoor cafe style sitting. Brett and I wanted to get a sense of the restaurant so we chose to wait for a table. It wasn’t a bad wait, just twenty minutes.
They gave us these really cool buzzers too!
Once we got our table, we were quickly greeted by Myles, our waiter. Brett and I were both very impressed with Myles. His attention to detail was not that of a normal wait staff. We decided to start with an appetizer called “Bruschetta Castiglia”.
This bruschetta is made with chopped tomato and fresh made mozzarella cheese dressed with olive oil and garlic over toasted artisan bread. The mozzarella cheese was to die for!
As we were waiting for our salads, I noticed that Castiglias was known for their “World Famous Meatballs.” So since Brett and I love meatballs, we ordered one to share.
This meatball is made with 100% beef and was very well seasoned. You could tell that it was made in house with loving hands! The tomato sauce was delicious and didn’t over power the meatball or cover up the meatballs seasoning. They really did go well together.
After our salads, our main entrees arrived. Brett had decided that he wanted to give their spaghetti a try. Brett has traveled a good bit in Italy while he was in the Navy and with his current position. So he has grown to love the true Italian tomato sauce. One of the first things he noted about his dish was that they soaked the pasta in the tomato sauce before they covered it. He really likes it that way. He said that this was one of the best spaghetti dishes he has ever had.
I decided to order one of the specials that night. A New York Strip (cooked medium) topped with Scallions and Gorgonzola Cheese with a side of Gnoochi and saute Spinach. It was so good! The Gnoochi was light and the Gorgonzola really tasted great with the New York Strip. My steak came out a little under done, but not so much that I would have said anything. But our waiter, Myles came back to check on us and saw my steak. He noted that it looked a little under done and asked me if I wanted to have it cooked a little more. I declined, but I was so impressed. I can’t say I have ever had a waiter look that close at my food!
After we finished our meal, I told Brett that I needed just a little something sweet after such a wonderful meal. So Myles offered us a Chocolate Dipped Cannoli with a Creamy Center that just melted in your month! With the light sprinkle of powdered sugar and my taste buds were satisfied.
As we walked towards the door, the owner stopped us and asked us how our meal had been. We both told him how good it had been and how wonderful our waiter had been. He thanked us and told me to come back with a flyer for our business. He said that he would love to place it on the window by the door so everyone could see it.
So we now have a great place for Italian food for that special dinner or even just for a great night in Historic Fredericksburg while you are visiting Belle Grove Plantation!
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This place has always had a place in my heart since I was in elementary school and always will be! Castiglia’s has been booming and doing so much better since their renovation some time last year.
We didn’t get to see it before. But what we saw last Friday was just wonderful!
It’s SO different. In fact, that gorgeous stone/brick oven was never there. Their pizza was always spectacular, but the oven has made it even better! Also, the wine bar is a recent addition. It used to be an old gelato shop that never did well. I believe the owners of Castiglia’s owned the space and finally decided to make something of it and so far it has been VERY successful 🙂
Well they did a great job!
How funny! My husband and son tried it this weekend as well. Have you gotten Primavera’s Pizza? Best in the Burg!
We haven’t gotten there yet! We will have to try it!
I’ve been to Fredericksburg but never to Castiglia’s. Looks like I’m missing something for sure. Love your “I voted cookie,” too. More great food pics to make me hungry!
The “I voted Cookie” came from your earlier comment! Yes, you have to try it when you come!
the dessert looked to die for. the whole service and photos look like a place I would love to go
Yes, the cannoli was so good!!
Love Italian, that place sounds divine. And wonderful that you can place your own advertising there also. 🙂
It really was good. We loved it.
Jealous! I love Italian food. I’ll have to pass this on to my bro/sis-in-law that live there now!
We love Italian food too! It’s our new favorite place!
I tried to vote for the cookie the other day and got completely tangled up. Got any directions for the less computer literate? Dianne
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