Cafesano Named Best of Neighborhood by The Washingtonian

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Cafesano wraps up summer 2013 by introducing a gluten-free menu and receiving recognition from The Washingtonian for its neighborhood charm.

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Acolytes of the Mediterranean Diet will find a haven at Cafesano, an airy mezzeteria that's popular for quick weekday lunches and easy, affordable dinners.

For the second time this year, Cafesano has been recognized as a favorite neighborhood restaurant. The Washingtonian listed Cafesano among the best dining places in Reston and Herndon in its Neighborhood Guide.

“Acolytes of the Mediterranean Diet will find a haven at Cafesano, an airy mezzeteria that's popular for quick weekday lunches and easy, affordable dinners," reads an excerpt from The Washingtonian.

"We're thankful to our loyal guests for their consistent favorable reviews. We strive for one hundred percent customer satisfaction, and recognition in a reputable publication like the Washingtonian is certainly rewarding feedback that confirms we're on the right track," shared Paul Swinley, the owner of Cafesano.

It’s not the first time Cafesano made it to the pages of the Washingtonian. Back in 2010, a Herndon resident gave the restaurant proper respect for its fresh and healthy food in the Visitor’s Guide section.

Earlier in 2013, Cafesano was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the consistently positive reviews left by satisfied customers. Similar to the praise from the Washingtonian, Cafesano reviews on TripAdvisor frequently mention friendly service, the simple dining concept, fresh and flavorful food, and the variety and affordability of the Mediterranean and Italian food the café has to offer.

Cafesano has also recently introduced a gluten-free menu to accommodate its patrons with dietary restrictions. The gluten-free menu contains items from the regular lunch and dinner menu that either are already gluten-free or can be prepared to eliminate gluten.

Homemade Cafesano dips such as Hummus, Tzatziki and Baba Ghanoush can be served with veggie slices instead of bread. Similarly, certain soups and salads can be ordered without croutons and bread to fit any gluten-free lifestyle or choice.

"Cafesano has always offered gluten-free menu selections, but increasing demand from our guests prompted us to post a separate gluten-free menu both in our restaurant and on our website,” explained Joanne McDaniel, marketing director at Cafesano.

She added that the restaurant will continue to remain sensitive to the special dietary needs of its guests and intends to increase gluten-free offerings during future menu revisions. Cafesano’s catering menu now also includes gluten-free options for those seeking alternatives for healthier catering in Northern Virginia.

About Cafesano    
Cafesano has been serving the communities of Reston, Fairfax, Vienna, as well as other areas in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC since 2005. Both local residents and out-of-state guests come to Cafesano to enjoy Italian & Mediterranean cuisine, casual atmosphere and waterfront views. The restaurant’s menu includes a variety of items from wraps and panini to pasta, pizzas and kabob platters. For more information, please visit

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