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Dolce Vita

#269 of 2,880 Restaurants 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 26
    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
its fun - just go with it

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
jabba70
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New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romantic
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246 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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37 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States
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51 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Feed Me im morire di fame; translation "feed me I'm starving" this is absolutely the place to go to in Boston if you like Italian. Ask for Franco, he's the owner and have him order for you, I promise your stomach will thank you.

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falmouth, maine
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314 reviews 314 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We wanted a big deal place for 3 January birthday's including my son's 21st. I'm from NJ, so I grew up with Italian restaurants, and Italians, and Italian delis....so I think I know basic good italian. I've been to Italy twice. So i think I'm relatively discriminating. We looked on Trip Advisor and selected Prezza but it seemed a little... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Food is fantastic as you expect any italian restaurant in the great North End but the ambiance here is absolutely amazing. The owner is a down to earth guy very friendly and helpful and very italian. Looking forward to come back and dine in again.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Franco, the owner, is so welcoming, the staff is very attentive, and Antonio, the accordion player, is just fantastic! If you want something that's not on the menu, just ask and they'll try to make it for you. The lobster ravioli is absolute favorite!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This little spot is located just at the top of Hanover St. Convenient to Quincy Market shopping. Lively greeting at the door by the owner and seated at a cute little corner table. Ambience is great and service was excellent! The food was good , but I guess I was thinking the chicken parm (20$)would be better than what I... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My favorite italian restaurant in Boston. The owner is such an humble guy and they create an environment like you eat with family with all other tables and live entertainment is great! the food is the best italian food you can find in Boston and not overpriced at all!

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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?