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Dolce Vita

#225 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
#246 of 2,934 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 124
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 28
    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 service and great food, great North End experience, but expensive!

This will be one of the best restaurant experiences you will have in North End Boston. The service, the history, the food and the accordion player all add to that... but be prepared to pay a lot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
greeneyes08
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Portland, OR
Good for:
  • Romantic
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  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Dolce Vita was an amazing experience for me and my family. I am from an Italian family and my expectations are really high and I was not disappointed. The owner, Franco Graceffa was a great host, he came to our table a few times to tell us about different food options and drinks for our boys. The wait staff was... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We stopped in a park nearby to check reviews of restaurants before settling on a place for dinner (to see whether we needed reservations and for kid-friendly places). I'm so glad we found this place and that it is child-friendly because it was a perfect end to our day touring Boston. The owner helps with all the work there and... More 

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Portland, OR
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This will be one of the best restaurant experiences you will have in North End Boston. The service, the history, the food and the accordion player all add to that... but be prepared to pay a lot.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Franco is so hospitable and service is fantastic, food is perfect to the last bite, had caprese salad, calamari, pasta, kids loved their pasta. Singing at the end was so cool.

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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A real Boston Italian experience! Franco and his staff are the real deal - great atmosphere, lovely food and drink, and always busy. One of the only restaurants anywhere that you are treated as family! A business colleague took me here (he's been going to decades) and I was hooked! Generous and friendly owner and staff makes you want to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Had dinner here and our host was the owner Franco. He told us that he could make us anything we wanted, but he doesn't tell you the price! When you get the bill surprise surprise! Also he asked the waiter to bring us a combo bread plate which we thought was complimentary, meanwhile he charged us $14.00 for it! The... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?