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Casa Nostra Italian restaurant to take over former Palio’s space in Leesburg

A new restaurant offering authentic Italian fare will be opening in historic downtown Leesburg. Casa Nostra, owned by David Saavedra, plans to open the new concept in the former Palio's space at 2 W. Market St. by mid-March.

Palio's closed Dec. 31 after being open for nine years. It was owned by Michael O'Connor, who also owns the Leesburg Diner on King Street.

Saavedra, who previously managed Palio's, will be the owner of the new restaurant, and he has hired William Walden as executive chef. The two worked together for several years at the Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, and Saavedra said Walden is “his dream chef.”

“He is the best chef I have ever worked with. When I decided to take on this project my first priority was to get William as the chef,” Saavedra said.

Walden has been working the past few years in Boca Raton, Florida, and Saavedra convinced him to leave the warm winters in Florida and move back to Loudoun County.

“I love Loudoun and it feels like coming home,” Walden said. “We have great plans for this restaurant and I am so comfortable working with David. He is one of the best – if not the best – person I have worked with.”

The menu, which Saavedra says will be “priced affordable for everyday dining,” will feature fresh pasta dishes in whole and half sizes, homemade bread, a variety of signature seafood dishes and steaks.

“It will be affordable, but with the best high quality food available,” Saavedra said.

Walden agreed, adding “everything will be as fresh as possible and made in-house. We are very excited about this.”

The restaurant is undergoing several renovation projects – such as refinishing the floors and fresh paint – to update the look and create an “authentic Italian experience,” Saavedra said.

Casa Nostra will include the downstairs bar area and three rooms on the second level.

If all goes well, Saavedra hopes to open a second Casa Nostra location by the end of the year.


Awesome, we could really use a good Italian restaurant! Looking forward to checking it out.

Now here’s a concept I can get excited about: good food, fresh and if they follow through on their promise, “affordable.”

The dreaded words “fast casual” do not appear here. I eagerly await their opening!

I love good Italian food so I’ll certainly give the new place a try.
I think we lack really good Italian food in LoCo. We have plenty of good, quick, Italian type places- if all you are looking for is pizza and a few pasta dishes, but authentic Italian? Not so much. Aggio in One Loudoun is horrible.

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