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“Our favorite family spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita
10824 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030-4306
703-385-1530
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Ranked #28 of 349 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Our favorite family spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This has been my parents "date night" spot for years and they finally brought us along. After spending a semester in Florence, Italy I have developed a taste for delicious Italian food and Dolce Vita is the best this side of the Atlantic! I love the wood oven pizza and pasta al arribita and make sure that you save room for a canoli!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Virginia
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Delicious.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dolce Vita will give you the most truly Italian restaurant experience you will find in the area. The food, the hospitality, and the atmosphere will instantly transport you to Italy. Great food and wine!

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
545 reviews 545 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 148 cities Reviews in 148 cities
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
“Simply average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The folks at Dolce Vita are nice and the food is fine, but it certainly isn't the best experience in the area. The wait staff barely knew enough english to get by, to the point we simply gave up trying to talk to them and resorted to pointing at the menu to place our orders. Where we were seated was in the far back and we looked straight into the bathroom, which was not really appetizing.

The food itself was under seasoned and uninspired. It was on par if not below the Olive Garden.

The parking issue is enough to make you not want to come, but if they now have valet parking, that should help a little bit. There is not much they can do about the parking I am afraid. Overall, it was fine, but just average.

Visited March 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Best Italian Food in the Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We first went to this restaurant a year ago. Our friend has been going for years and invited us. This month, we took him out to dinner along with our parents. Be sure to make reservations! It is small (cozy!!) and gets crowded. We had reservations and were seated right away. Everyone enjoyed the meal. I had the ravioli... The pasta was so fresh! Delicious! My son (the picky eater) ate three huge meatballs! That is enough to make us return weekly! The musician plays requests which makes the evening very charming! I highly recommend!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“The Good Life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Good food, at a very reasonable price. Good quality/authentic Italian food with prompt and courteous service. Good for a family or friends night out, not necessarily for the romantic - it gets a bit loud (in a good way).

Entrees were from around $18-25 with a nice selection of pasta, meat and fish. If you want something simplier there is a very good pizza menu to choose from. The only thing missing for my tastes was rissoto.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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