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Dolce Vita

#247 of 2,689 Restaurants in Boston
#266 of 2,902 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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 61
    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
Delicious Food Served Barely Warm With Spotty Service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
TTMLL2215
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Vernon, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Olathe, Kansas, United States
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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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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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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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
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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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florida
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Fantastic real Italian. Loved the fact that you can order what your in the mood for instead of what's on the menu. Our waiter John was great. Can't say enough. The owner is very gracious and welcoming. The best in Little Italy.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Go there only if you want small portions of below average Italian food, bad service at a ridiculously high price. Place was cramped and loud, waiter never checked how meal was going, and no free iced water. Owner is clearly in the business of squeezing as many $ as possible from his establishment without caring about much else.

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The maitre-d greeted us like we were old friends and told us not to bother with the menu. He reeled off what was on offer and the food just kept coming. Pasta was beautiful, everything was huge, service was friendly and we had a fun time. A lovely man singing and playing accordion - it was relaxed and informal.

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Alstead, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Whenever we are in Boston, this is our choice for Italian food in the North End. From beginning to end, you are made to feel welcome, and even if you weren't, you'd be back for the food. We have never been disappointed (except in that we couldn't try everything!), and eating here is always a wonderful experience.

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Media, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great place in the North End. Franco greets everyone with a big smile and expect kisses on the cheek. Great place and we return almost every year - a business trip and we bring 14 - 24 people to dinner at Dolce Vita. Never disappointed.

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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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