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Dolce Vita

#167 of 2,566 Restaurants in Boston
#193 of 2,994 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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Great Food & Service

In Boston during the Christmas holiday. Staying over on the last night and looking for some Italian food in the North End. Most of the restaurants were booked (we had a group of 7). But we knew about Dolce Vita, so we tried the place. We were able to get in, but could not find any parking spot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Dave C
Southport, North Carolina
via mobile
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Portland, Maine
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84 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

have been many times over the years. There is a gentleman there that always makes me feel like I am entering his home. Charming funny and kind....the food is wonderful, the wine list is great. Love it. It does have a different feel when he isn't there...still good but not the same.

Thank arewehavingfunyet4
Orlando, Florida
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Stopped by this Hanover street place, and it seemed they get enough tourist traffic that they don't have to try hard anymore. Bruscheta was blah, and if you can't get that delicious in an Italian restaurant it is indicative of the rest of the meal. Thought the wine was overpriced, too, but this is Little Italy.

Thank Galina332
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Took my girlfriend into Boston for the day and wanted to try a new place as we usually go to the same restaurant. Boy did we make the right choice with this place. I order shrimp scampi and it was amazing, ate every bite. She got the pasta carbonara and it was the closest I've ever seen her to finishing... More 

Thank Dan C
Southport, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

In Boston during the Christmas holiday. Staying over on the last night and looking for some Italian food in the North End. Most of the restaurants were booked (we had a group of 7). But we knew about Dolce Vita, so we tried the place. We were able to get in, but could not find any parking spot. So the... More 

Thank Dave C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

We went into this restaurant as the owner greeted us at the door and convinced us that his restaurant was the real deal. Anyway we were seated and offered a choice of bruschetta, garlic bread or white bread before we could open the menus (not complimentary but the way it was offered you felt obliged to pick one). Anyway after... More 

Thank Teresa M
Rocky Hill, CT
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The owner greets you with "welcome to my home". The service was wonderful, the food great (as usual). The night we were there, there was an accordion player and Franco (the owner) sang along with him. A very enjoyable evening. We will return on our next trip to Boston

Thank Vivian O
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

The menu has everything. The antipasto, chicken piccata, chicken parmesan, and garlic bread were fantastic. The cheese sticks and bruschetta were average. The service was excellent. It's also nice to see that some restaurants have their owners on site and engaged with the customers. Overall, great experience.

Thank Bill M
Tullamore, Ireland
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

nice place to eat,staff were very friendly,the food we ordered was quick to come out and it was lovely.restaurant in great location and right on the street.would recommend a visit.the food and drinks menu have plenty to choose from.so there is something for everyone.

Thank david1892
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We went here as part of a group bus tour. The menu was pre arranged. It was chicken Marsala and pasta. Salad bread and cannoli. My daughter and I are vegetarian and the owner asked what he could make us and we asked for gnocchi and it was wonderful. My husband was not as pleased with the chicken Marsala but... More 

Thank Angela L
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253 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

M tour bus stopped here for dinner on a Friday afternoon. This stop was prearranged and staff had everything ready for us when we arrived. We had around 70 people total in the tour. We were served soup, salad, chicken marsala, and canoli. I did not eat the chicken and was served Pasta Alfredo instead. The food was good. My... 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, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.