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Dolce Vita

221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309 (North End)
(617) 720-0422
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Ranked #223 of 2,816 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North End
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always great food, wonderful atmosphere. I have been there many times and the owner always makes suggestions based on our questions. The menu is broad, but he always narrows things and makes excellent suggestions. The food is always excellent and the wine list is complementary.

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Monmouth Junction
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Made reservation for 5 on a Friday. Owner, Franco Graceffa greated and seated us at great table with view of Hanover St. He reccomended the cod which was not on the menu. All of us had a great time, a bit pricy, but we expected that, having dined on the North End before

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Sugar Land, Texas
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went for a late lunch. I had read other reviews but my brother-in-law had recommended this place so we decided to go. We stopped by the night before to check it out and it seemed nice from the street. The first thing when we were seated was that the chair back was all sticky as I pulled it out.... More

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Expensive, disappointing food, reasonable but not good service. With all of the competition around from Hanover Street and the rest of Boston's Little Italy you'd expect it to be better, so look somewhere else. The staff fill the window-seats first, which are the best if a little cramped, but the rest of the restaurant is quite gloomy. Most importantly the... More

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Tampa Bay
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72 reviews 72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was one of the first restaurants that we saw. As we walked by we saw how busy the restaurant was but wanted to walk around a bit to check out the options. We came back to Dolce Vita and I'm do glad that we did. We were seated by the front open window. This was excellent to get a... More

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Palm Springs, Ca
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Although I made reservations a week in advance, the owner barely glanced at us before dumping us in a dark corner. Our only view was of a large pole directly next to us. Everyone else seemed to be having a great time and the owner seemed to lavish much attention on many other tables. Although we were quietly polite and... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I live in NH, but love the city of Boston. Spending as much time there as possible, I visit 'Dolce Vita' whenever I can! Frank is a spectacular host, the decor and music is perfect, bringing you back to Old World Italy!! Food is authentic Italian, just and you would get if you were in Italy! If you are looking... More

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Rochester, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

After a night at the Pops, we decided to head to the North End to grab a quick dinner. To our amazement, most of the restaurants were closed or closing. As we walked by his restaurant, Franco, the owner, heard me saying that maybe we should head back to the hotel and order a pizza. He called out to us... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Not the cheapest place mid range, but Lasagne and seafood pasta with garlic bread, l can still taste it now. Nice authentic Italian with a relaxed nice ambiance atmosphere. An elderly gentlemen well known to the locals came in and played the accordian as we ate which was lovely.

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benbrook, texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

in a town of very rude people, this place was great, not only was franco and friends so enjoyable but the food was just outstanding. best pasta i have ever eaten, sauce was very good and baseball size meatball were amazingly good. only place to eat italian to eat.

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