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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
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Ranked #112 of 453 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $10 - $20
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Vivace Restaurant, located on Ivy Road near the University Of Virginia , opened its doors in July of 1995. Housed in the former main quarters of a peach orchard, Vivace attracts patrons with its diverse atmosphere. From the cozy intimate upstairs, which hints at the comfort and ease of Nona's home, to the vast expanse of our multi-tiered outdoor terrace, the ambiance at Vivace appeals to all. The 1940s hand-crafted serpentine bar in the lounge provides a festive setting for the light-hearted. For the romantic, enjoy a glass of wine by our inviting fireplace. From the moment you arrive, you'll discover that Vivace is full of Italian charm. Our unique decor and old family photos will transport you to a quaint Italian village, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Providing authentic entrees has been our primary goal for the past eighteen years.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

While more expensive than your usual neighborhood Italian restaurant, the additional cost is worth it. We dined here recently with a large group and everyone enjoyed their meals. The parmigiana entrees were all delicious - nice portion size, tasty marinara sauce with fresh mozzarella cheese. Several different sides were offered but we all had the pasta. It was yummy. We... More

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15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Everything is delicious! The chef is amazing. He uses fresh local ingredients whenever possible. This one of my favorite restaurants based on taste, atmosphere, service, and price. There is a beautiful, romantic outdoor dining patio and quaint, private indoor dining. The bar is excellent and inviting.

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Beth L, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

Thank you!! Please come back again soon. More

Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a amazing meal here last weekend. It's the closest I have felt to being back in Italy since we honeymooned there. The service was slow, but we liked that part. We weren't rushed, and were able to linger and enjoy our outdoor patio location. The house chianti was delicious, and it was so nice to sit amongst the... More

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Beth L, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We hope you come back soon!! More

Scottsville, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I enjoyed a great evening the other night at Vivace's in Charlottesville. It had one of the best atmospheres I have seen in a while. The food was very delicious, and the quality excellent. My pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and the cream sauce was fantastic. The wait staff was very pleasant and definitely did not rush you at... More

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Beth L, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

Thank you dining with us. We hope you come back again soon!!! More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husband and I had not eaten at Vivace for many years. This was mainly due to our bad experience with an exceptionally long wait for service. Last night, we decided to give Vivace another chance. We were immediately seated on the main floor. After a short wait, our waiter took our drink order and brought it out quickly. He... More

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Thank you for dining with us. Please come back again soon!!! More

Wilmington, North Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Very good service and very tasty Italian food! Veal Marsala was great as was the homemade sausage & peppers. Decent wine selection & good service.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The restaurant is tucked away on a hill. We really enjoyed the pasta dishes. The gazpacho was fresh, but could have used some more cilantro and fresh pepper.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We visited C-ville again and returned to Vivace for a Saturday evening dinner. The restaurant was not busy and we were seated quckly. I'm sorry to say that we did not stay. We did not remember the menu being so limited nor the prices so high. The waitress was very cordial when we told her were were leaving. From what... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

In their defense, the restaurant was extremely crowded. In their defense, we were a large party (8).Having said that, the food was mediocre, the service was fair, and the prices were exaggerated. It's hard to screw up basic Italian dishes. Italian cuisine has so many good and yet simple to prepare offerings. Well...... If you leave eight people disatisfied, you... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We've been to Vivace several times, and it's always been excellent. We went for a post-Valentine's Day celebration and enjoyed it more than ever. The restaurant was busier than we had ever seen it, but the service was outstanding and the food was world class. We had had the bruschetta before, but this time it was better than ever. My... More

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