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“Good Italian food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita
10824 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030-4306
703-385-1530
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Ranked #22 of 331 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Washington DC
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345 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

As soon as you wall in you'll see the big stone face on the wall that is the opening for the wood-fired pizzas served here along with salads, soups, and dinners. Fun graphics on the walls provide a game of guess who while you enjoy a very good meal. Seating is cozy and it can get a bit loud in here when there's a crowd. Overall a nice dining experience.

Visited November 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good to Average, depending on what you want”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We tried this Zagat rated restaurant, based on a recommendation from friends. It's reputation may be overstated. Small restaurant with close tables and very noisy. If you want a peaceful experience try elsewhere. Food was OK - the wife said the meatballs were excellent. My clam spaghetti was just OK. Service was fine, but tight parking and noisy atmosphere will cross it off my list.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, va
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Local italian spot with great service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

What a surprise - a nice Italian restaurant, locally owned, with pastas, pizzas and more. Very reasonably priced, space for large parties, and plenty of parking.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Now just average Italian food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Situated on route 50, this used to be a GREAT place for Italian food in the area. Last night, was not just a bad meal, it seems the place has fallen backwards from what used to be really special. The waitstaff does not know what is on the menu really; it's all pasta to them. The menus were dirty. The wine glass had food baked onto it. The bread was old. The olive oil was old. The wine list is tired and no one in the restaurant knew the wines.
We got the canneloni and chicken parm. Looked like it was reheated. Sauce was probably sitting around for awhile. Felt like leftovers. Dessert was tired... not really fresh.
So, in summary. Cannot recommend. I am fair when it comes to putting on a meal, but this place is going the wrong direction. Bathrooms average. Check for 3 with bottle of wine: $72.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Saturday Night at the Chiccetti Bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

It was our first time at the Chiccetti Bar side of this venue. THe small plates were well done and the wine by the bottles prices are fair. We had a good time with friends. The service was friendly and we did not ever feel rushed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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