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Dolce Vita

#233 of 2,704 Restaurants in Boston
#255 of 2,917 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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North End
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221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309
(617) 720-0422
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 121
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Family Restaurant

It is nice to walk into a restaurant and have the owner greet you like family. We were greeted by the owner, Franco, who showed us to our table and promptly took our drink order. He made our ten year old daughter feel like a Princess. He suggested a dish not on the menu and the food was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It is nice to walk into a restaurant and have the owner greet you like family. We were greeted by the owner, Franco, who showed us to our table and promptly took our drink order. He made our ten year old daughter feel like a Princess. He suggested a dish not on the menu and the food was fantastic. The... More 

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South Glens Falls, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

For a decade I've brought business associates, groups, and family to Dolce Vita. Franco is always visible and welcomes you like you're part of his family! Local accordion player "Antonio" usually makes an appearance to add to the ambiance. The apps are terrific, the meals are outstanding and the service is always great. You won't be disappointed!

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is my default restaurant to take out of town visitors. The staff is so friendly and the food AMAZING. More often than not you're seated by the owner who obviously takes pride in his restaurant. Some test he offers off the menu items if you can't make up you mind. If you're lucky you'll also get seraneded by one... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Dolce Vita is an experience! The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere authentic and friendly, and the experience one you won't forget. The owner greets you upon entering and seats you; if it's busy he'll grab you some wine while you wait. Once you sit you can look at the menu, but don't be afraid when he tells you to put... More 

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Texas
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went to Dolce Vita very hungry and tired after our train ride from NYC. The restaurant wasn't busy and we were seated promptly and given a basket of bread. Know what you want--we were talked into an appetizer and side salads before we knew our entrees. However, the food is delicious and the portions except for lasagna can be... More 

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Olathe, Kansas, United States
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109 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I have to say that if you are in Boston and you want an excellent Italian dinner, this is the place to go. The atmosphere is awesome, and the staff is top notch. If you don't know what you want to eat, don't worry, Franco Graceffa (The Owner) will be more than happy to create something for you.. The Gnocchi... More 

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Vernon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I've only been here once, on my most recent trip to Boston, so I'm going to give them 4 stars because the food was really delicious. The bread was very fresh. The Caesar Salad was made just the way it should be- crisp fresh romaine, fresh croutons, shaved cheese and just the right amount of a well prepared dressing. The... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

We wandered in during the middle of the Afternoon and were greeted warmly and experienced a warm family Italian experience. The service was impeccable And food excellent. Waiter recommended peroni beer which we enjoyed. Great experiencd that felt like we were in italy

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Great Italian option in the North End - owner was a little pushy with the menu and wine suggestions but after we said a few times that we were on a work budget and wanted to order from the menu, he relaxed. I had the seafood alfredo and it was terrific. Everyone was pleased with what they ordered - the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It is expensive but the food was good. Unfortunately the waiter didn't write down the order and one of the four meals was shrimp instead of what was ordered, scallops. There is no way to make it right unless they redo the four meals. The four meals with tip, no apitizer and three glasses of wine was $162. I'm okay... More 

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Additional Information about Dolce Vita

Address: 221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309
Phone Number: (617) 720-0422
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: (617) 720-0422

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?