Reviews

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Il Vesuvio Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 131 reviews!
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Great Food.

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We love the shendoah national Park . Everything is wonderful

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Best pizza I ever had

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Stopped in Luray on a road trip and stumbled upon this bundle of joy. The food was fantastic and the service was even better (thank you Sadie!!). I highly recommend this place to all!

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LOVED this place!! Great food, great service! Ordered 2 different pasta dishes, a pizza, and appetizers. Everything was amazing! Feddi, our waitress, was so nice and did a great job! This place had a Mystic Pizza feel! Nothing fancy, but clean, friendly, and amazing food! Like in the movie, it gets my highest rating!

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A true Italian meal..a good place to checkout

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Excellent food and service!

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Great pizza, great service. Just what we needed after a long day hiking. Try the garlic knots!!

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This is right across the street from the Mimslyn Inn, so very convenient if you're staying there. It has a nice, laid back family vibe, and the staff were so friendly. The food arrived quickly and was delicious!

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Food and service were both really good. We were a party of 6 each getting something different and we all enjoyed our order. Garlic knots were amazing!

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Very good place for lunch

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Amazing place. Believe me You have to stop for amazing pizzas and saltimbocca. You must try steak saltimbocca maybe less mayo need to them. But best food and great employee.

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I'm from Gallatin, Tennessee. We visited this, I assume, locally owned and operated restaurant this evening. Enjoy the Food, Service was Excellent, and the Folks are very Friendly here. I recommend this restaurant to all who like Italian Food like myself.

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Just went here today after visiting the caverns- great service and amazing Italian food! Definitely worth it!

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Have eaten there often when visiting Luray. A "go-to" favorite for years. Recently brightly renovated, consistently good Italian food with generous portions, prompt, courteous wait staff and modest country prices. I often take friends there and have never been disappointed.

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Cold drinks, tasty classic pasta, and great outdoor seating! If you're looking for warm, tasty comfort Italian food this is the place to be

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Friendly people. Food was fresh and tasty. Great for meal after Luray Caverns visit.

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The food was great at a reasonable price. What made the visit memorable was the customer service. Sadi is a hard working, very polite, and attentive young lady.

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Perfect !

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Great little home town pizza place!

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Good food, server was very friendly and attentive, and decent selection of beers (they have wine also).

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Great food!!

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Our waitress Rebecca was very helpful and informative! I had the works calzone, minus mushrooms, I'm highly allergic to them was huge and soooo delicious!! Sorry no pics my phone is to full

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Great garlic knots. Hearty meat Stromboli, terrific tiramisu.

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Pizza was good. Want to try breakfast they serve on the week ends.

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Very small location that gets very busy and crowded. The pizza is really good and their wings are excellent. Well worth the wait.

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Delicious Saltimbocca. !!!

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Fantastic cheese pizza. Better than the pizza I had in New York. Crust is perfect. Great flavor. Cheese and tomato sauce were delicious. I highly recommend. Very fresh ingredients.

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For the price really good food great lunch specials and wings

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Great waitress. Sadie was quick and made sure we had everything we needed. Food came out quickly and hot. Flavor was amazing.

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Came here for lunch after visiting Luray Caverns, and both the food and service were great. Highly recommend it.

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Meal was delicious

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Absolutely delighted with the pizzas and wings we ordered for a large family party. Monica and Rebecca were so helpful and everything was delicious!

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My fianc and I were in Luray from DC for a weekend. This place was around the corner from our B&B. The food was absolutely fantastic! The pasta and pizza hit the spot and were clearly made with very fresh ingredients. As an archaeologist who works in Pompeii and has spent significant time in Naples, I was happy to find out that the family who owns the restaurant is from Naples as well. We liked the food so much that we actually got dinner from them two nights in a row!! 10/10 would recommend!

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The food was amazing. Staff was very friendly and attentive. I will definitely be back next time I come down!

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Lovely find! Happened upon while on a business trip and needed something to eat. Service was quick, and food was excellent! Nichole was awesome. Will definitely stop by again the next time Im in town.

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Outstanding!!

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Decent food, great service

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Waitress was amazing!!!

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Stopped here because it was the first resturant we passed and was happy we did. Everything from the sweet tea to the calzone was great. Portion was big enough to split. Friendly staff, would stop again when up in Luray.

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Food was excellent, service was great!

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Great spot of great pizza. Had the cheese pizza and the sauce and crust were fantastic. Super friendly staff.

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We had a wonderful experience over Memorial Day Weekend while visiting Luray, VA. Our server, Federicka, was attentive to all our needs without being overbearing. She went above and beyond to provide us with efficient service from the time we sat down until we walked out of the door. To top it off, the food was absolutely delicious! A local woman recommended the garlic knots appetizer as we walked in and they were done to perfection! The chicken parm sub and The Work Pizza were to die for! 10/10 would recommend across the board!

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This is a small family run business and you can see everyone is working really hard. We got pizza, subs, and fries. It was all delicious. Wed come back!

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Great food! The waitress was kind and the food came out fast!

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Fresh and Nice food! Loved the experience.

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I had a fantastic Margherita Pizza on Friday. It was delivered in record time & was delicious! Sadie provided excellent customer service.

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Pretty good, its a small place, everyone was socially distanced but Im still not eating in a restaurant so just did takeout. I got a large pepperoni and the calamari. The calamari was pretty good but wish the breading was less thick. The pizza was pretty good, had a homemade taste, not like the franchise taste which is so generic. Sauce was good, very cheesy, good crust. If Im ever back in the area Ill eat here again

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Food was good and the new girl did very well!

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Had the pleasure of stumbling onto this restaurant with 2 friends after a long day of motorcycle riding. 1st, food was excellent. I had the meat calzone, friends had steak and cheese sub and grilled chicken sub. Portions are generous and calzone was cooked to perfection. 2nd, and most important... our server Rene is exactly what most restaurants are missing these days. She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the menu, engaging and very attentive without hovering. The owners of Il Vesuvio are fortunate to have her and I’ll be making this a regular stop on future trips to the area.

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Had a great time, our waitress Renee, made it a blast. Hope I spelled her name correctly. Great food and clean restaurant.

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The food was fresh and delicious. Our server Renee out did herself. We will be back on our next trip to Luray, highly recommend!

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Some of the best pizza Ive ever had and Im from New Jersey! The crust was fresh and clearly homemade. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! If youre in Luray for any reason you need to stop here.

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If you're hungry after hiking Shenandoah or Massanutten, stop by! Service was fantastic and outdoor patio was cute and cozy.

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Nice, reasonable mom & pop restaurant with decent food and very helpful wait staff.

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Friendly

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I tried the Vesuvio sub and my family had the meat pizza. I give it a 4 stars on the sub but a tasty 5 on pizza.

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An amazing experience. Great food, highly recommend the garlic knots as an appetizer! Good homemade Italian food, cant go wrong with that.

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Quick easy affordable food. I had a Margherita pizza and it was made quite well. Kids were happy with nuggets and fries. It's not a place I'd rave about but good enough to pull 5 stars from me, especially due to the ample outdoor seating which is always a big bonus for me.

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Friendly staff and great food! Would definitely recommend.

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Great food. Great service. The pizza was so good and the toppings generous, a small pizza was more than big enough for two of us. The prices are extremely reasonable.

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Went to luray caverns and had dinner afterwards. We absolutely LOVED the home made sauce and the dishes we had. Went back the next day for more. If we ever pass through that area again, it will definitely be a stop.

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Overall: A small-stop restaurant that can quench your pizza craving.

The good: Friendly service, good prices, and overall a good pizza. They have a decent amount of outdoor seating with COVID in mind, and the menu is surprisingly large. The mozzarella sticks were gooey and well-sized, and came out pretty quick. The pizza has a chewy (in a good way) crust and a "healthy" amount of toppings. We left full and happy

The not-so-good: Not much really. It's not a brick-oven pizza experience and not something I'm going to write home about coming from a big city, but for what it is it does it well.

Food/drink: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10

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Food is delicious

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One of those hidden gems with great service and food. Don't let the small building stop you from their flavorful meals.

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Excellent service. Outdoor seating was great. I would suggest this diner.

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This place was a chill hole in the wall!! Great prices, great pizza and awesome staff! The tunes were good too!

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The food was really good. The steak and cheese is worth a try. The staff weren't wearing masks and someone was eating behind the counter.

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Great pizza and salads

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Stopped here for a quick lunch after visiting Luray Caverns. It wasn't busy at 1pm, and we got our choice of seating outside. Enjoyed the vegetarian pizza and chef's salad

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What a surprise! Delicious homemade Italian cousine. Delicious genaro soup and large calzone for 3! Best restaurant in MDV area. And the pasta come with salad.

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Ask for the special sauce that comes on the house chips. Put it on EVERYTHING!!! We loved it! The people were great to local family owed 10 out 10

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Outstanding food & service. Enjoyed a pasta special (clams, tomato, white wine sauce) & calzone, both were delicious! Chef is creative & they pay attention to nice dining details. Highly recommend eating here.

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Close to the hotel while we were staying in Luray. Quality food! Glad we spent our one night in Luray at Gennaro's! Definitely will come back

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Amazing food and service! They deserve all their good ratings. #supportlocal

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Me and my wife are in town visiting staying at Hotel Laurance, right down the street. We stopped here twice on our trip and the food was great! We had the subs the first time, then had to try the pizza the next day! Did not disappoint. The staff is amazing and such a great family! Next time our life brings us to Luray we will be making a stop here.

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Great waitresses and great food

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We ate lunch here after the caverns and it was delightful! Rebecca was amazing. It was packed and they were accommodating. We had wings, salad, italian wedding soup, panota and cannoli. The panota is where it's at!

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Needed food before visiting the local brewery. Great joice. Friendly people

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We just had dinner here. The food was fantastic. I have eaten at many Italian Restaurants, I need to say this place was one of the best I have eaten at. The food is made to order and the pasta was freshly made. Our waitress Brenda was fantastic, very attentive and helpful. A gem in Luray well worth a visit.

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Excellent

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Passing through town and the smell was great.
Steak sub and calazone was awesome.
I will make a point to stop in agai n

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The portion sizes are HUGE my wife and I loved the flavors of everything we ordered the staff is very nice and quick to get refills and whatnot the prices are very reasonable for the quality you are getting. As far as the feel of the place it's a very free and open it's definitely a must have if you are in the area

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First, you can order online. Second, I highly recommend ordering ahead as this place can get very busy. Our online order was estimated to be about a 30-35 min wait before it was ready. I arrived to pick it up and the place was filled. The confirmation email after you order online will have a check number on it. Know your number so you can tell them to help speed things along. It was probably another 5min afterwards that I got my food. The workers were extremely nice even though they were extremely busy. We got a 12" margarita pizza and some mild wings. Both extremely good and would recommend. Just be warned that this place gets packed and you may have to wait if you don't order ahead.

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My favorite pizza restaurant ever

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Great, friendly service! Tight but cozy atmosphere! Gluten free pizza was AMAZING; crispy and held together enough to eat like normal pizza even. Caprese salad on the side was a nice addition. Dont think you can go wrong in this place, we cleaned our plates!

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Great place to eat. Service and hospitality was great. Prices are good .

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Amazing service and the food was delicious! Perfect place to eat after touring the Luray Caverns. The portions are generous (including the wine) and the staff is really friendly. Im glad we decided to drop in.

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The pizza was awesome! Super good!

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Hidden gem, best garlic knots I've ever had. Wedding soup and entrees were very good!

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Really solid option for dinner, and the prices are 5-star worthy, but overall the food is just good. It won't blow you away, but you'll like it.

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The food was amazing. I would recommend it if you are in Luray.

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My wife and I were able to have Gennaro's provide catering for our wedding. We were married at Stoneyman Valley Ranch, approximately 15 minutes away from the restaurant. The food was fantastic! Our guests were greatly pleased with the garlic knots, manicotti, and chicken picatta, and they even made us a special batch of lumpia even though lumpia are not a menu item! We were very happy with our experience and highly recommend Gennaro's whenever you happen to be in Luray!

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The food was very good.

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Great food! It isn't often that you find pizza crust and sauce like this without going to New York.

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Decent place. Delivered to local brewery. Chicken Caesar salad was good. Gluten free pizza was not.

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Had I not found this restaurant via Google and had just passed by it on the road, we never would have stopped there. It's basically an unassuming little stand alone mom and pop shop. The pizza was delicious. I personally don't usually care for pizza sauce; but their's was amaaaazing!... I would definitely go there again if we're ever traveling through Luray again.

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Good food and lovely staff. Had dinner here with a friend and the waitress told us they now served breakfast, so we stopped in for breakfast the next morning, and it was just as delicious as dinner. Will definitely recommend and eat at again the next time I'm in Luray.

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OMG, who would have thought that I would get the best seafood soup ever at this gem of a pizza place. The pizza was great too.

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All the food is really great, especially the buffalo fries!

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Had a great pizza and the staff was on their game. Thank you!

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The food is extremely good! Very fresh and homemade. Staff very nice and helpful. You will not be disappointed.

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Very very good! We went to Luray Caverns and we wanted to eat lunch somewhere local. This place had some of the best reviews on Google and we decided to come here. We loved the quaint atmosphere, the friendly service, and awesome food! Soups are made-to-order (THAT IS AN AMAZING FEAT!!!) and the meatball subs and pizza were great! Highly recommend to all tourists!

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Nice little find while in town wandering the caves. Food was great and plentiful. Wait staff was extremely friendly. I think we overwhelmed her with our party of 13. But they got our food right out. Would definitely recommend this small town diner.

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Cheese steak was killer. Mayo and fried onions .from out of town .it was different with toasted roll but good

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I am something of a nut for Garlic Knots. Never have I seen or had knots so delicious, soft, large and covered with Parmesan cheese and butter. WOW.

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Good food and great service.

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We had a wonderful dinner at El Vesuvio on our visit to Luray. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend!

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Great prices and good food. Perfect for families visiting on vacation!

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Very friendly staff. Excellent wings. Chicken piccata was delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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Great food that the whole family loved! Winning!

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Pizza reminds me of the old Roman Delight Pizza that was in the valley mall. Very good!!

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My husband and I visited while on vacation for a quick getaway to Lurray Caverns. The food was amazing!!! Its clear that the food was freshly made. It was so flavorful! We will be back again before we return home. Also the service was way above par. The hostess Federicka was very pleasant and accommodating even during a busy flow of clientele. Such a great restaurant!

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Fresh food, good service, and the seating was well socially distant.

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The pizza was great ! kids loved it as did we and was a nice surprise when we were passing through Luray to get to the Caverns ! We will be back !

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It was delicious food good service and a friendly atmosphere

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Got into town around 3:30 and decided to try this place out before we checked in to our hotel. We were starving and ready to eat. The waitress was great and took amazing care of us. The food came out fast and was delicious! The Luray salad was wonderful. Great little spot!

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No frills here but the service was professional and courteous. Well done.

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Pizza is delicious

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Great service, had outdoor seating. We ordered garlic knots, garlic bread with mozzarella, mozzarella sticks, pastas and pizzas. The portion size was good and food was tasty. Service was good.

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We were on a weekend getaway in Luray, and we were craving Italian food. And Il Vesuvio popped up on our Google search. And let me just say, WOW!!! The food was delicious and staff were incredibly nice. We had a pizza, (sauce on pizza was AMAZING) house chips, and Il Vesuvio sub. So fresh, so delicious ???? I HIGHLY recommend the house chips as an appetizer. We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of everything. Can't wait for our next trip to Luray because we will stop in again.

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Breakfast was so good. Never have I thought that in a small town there wa a good home cooked breakfast. Will be back!

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Just finished eating here before hitting Luray Caverns, it was great!!

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Great food and friendly service.

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Round of applause to Rebecca! That girl did her thing. My mother and I were in on a Saturday and was so amazed by how welcomed she made us feel and how great the food was, we came back the next day to see her and get some more great food. The only con was it looked like she was the only one running around trying to make everyone happy and to make her worse, her coworkers Brenda & Cindy decided to come out on the patio where we were eating and talk crap about Rebecca right in front of us while Rebecca was busting her butt. Super unprofessional and made us feel pretty uncomfortable! Great food and awesome service by Rebecca!

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Stopped by after Luray Caverns visit. 5 min drive into Dwtn Luray. We are from Florida. We got lucky with this restaurant. Excellent real Italian food! Pepperoni Pizza was fabulous. Great sauce! Just the right amount of seasoning. Stromboli was delicious! Prices very reasonable. Staff(Fredrica) was kind and attentive. Staff wears masks and cleans tables appropriately. Highly recommend this place!!

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Gennaros was excellent! Brenda our waitress was perfect and very friendly. Stuffed Shells couldn’t be more on point. Great place to eat and prices were good. I would highly recommend this place.

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Gennaro's is a gem that shines more brightly with each passing year. Here you can find the best pizza, veal dishes, seafood pasta, Italian soups and wonderful desserts.
His authentic Neopolitan cuisine is complemented by his wife's Caribbean dishes all served in very generous portions. The menu is extensive but not expensive.

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Such a great restaurant with really good food! Would totally recommend dining here when visiting the town! Great food and great customer service. The location is great, super close to Luray Caverns & Shenandoah Valley! Stop by, because who doesn’t love pizza?!

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Taste the difference:A display board in the restaurant says "There is a big difference between the big chains and independent pizzeria". This is truest in every sense.

The staff are friendly and were helpful in selecting the dishes. We had a vegetarian in our group. When we asked for suggestions, the waiter said that pretty much all dishes can be changed to be without meat. So vegetarians, you can be assured of a superb tasting and quality dishes here.

The pizza crust was thin and loaded with vegetables. The sauce is home made and has won accolades. The bread in cheesy garlic bread, was fresh and crunchy. They use home made bread. The owner was friendly and described each dish in detail.

If you are looking for a warm place with homely food then this is the place.

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My wife and I came to the cabins for a romantic getaway for my birthday and decided to try this place for dinner the first night. Restaurant was very small and clean. The food we received was delicious. The pizza is very good and we are pizza snobs. We enjoyed them so much we decided to go back for lunch the next day. If we lived closer, this would be a regular place we would visit!

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