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McCaffrey's Dolce Vita

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Italian, Pizza, International
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2149 Twin Springs Rd, Decorah, IA 52101-7811
563-382-4723
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Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 7
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Secluded But Well Known

Others have commented about the secluded setting but don't let that deter you. My wife has lived in the open spaces of West Texas most of her life and she was somewhat concerned as we wound around through the trees on a gravel road on our way to the restaurant. I grew up in Northeast Iowa so I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Loved the atmosphere that this restaurant has to offer. Nice cabin in the woods feel. Unfortunately the pizza was a bit too burnt for my taste.

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San Angelo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Others have commented about the secluded setting but don't let that deter you. My wife has lived in the open spaces of West Texas most of her life and she was somewhat concerned as we wound around through the trees on a gravel road on our way to the restaurant. I grew up in Northeast Iowa so I was back... More 

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Marion, Iowa
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My husband and I stopped here, on the recommendation of a friend, after biking around Decorah. It's less than a mile off of Highway 52, tucked back into the woods (yes, you'll come to a short stretch of gravel road getting there). My husband had the Hawaiian pizza from their wood-fired grill, choosing to try the gluten-free crust. I ate... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

While dropping off our daughter at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, we ate a splendid Italian dinner at McCaffrey's Dolce Vita, and were serenaded by a singer/songwriter who had recently played guitar on Prairie Home Companion. This restaurant has quality food and entertainment (but check the schedule if you plan to come for the music)!

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Golden Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A little hard to find, but well worth it! Cozy indoor seating in the huge A frame building or a porch and also tables in the yard. Big selection from sandwiches and burgers to specialty pasta and seafood dishes and of course, the pizza. All spectacular!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Some of the BEST wood-fired pizza you'll ever eat! We love the Thai Kickin' Chicken with peanut sauce and grilled chicken breast. Also have a great ribeye and Italian pasta dishes. All summer they feature live music outside in the patio/tent area. Great, hidden, getaway near Decorah! Worth the drive to get there!

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Decorah, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

McCaffrey's is such a great gem! Located in a gorgeous surrounding with tasty wood fire pizzas and live music on the patio!

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Lanesboro, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Good old fashioned thin crust pizza, Also a wide variety of other items on the menu- but all we tried was the pizza. Great service , fast, clean and friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Visiting Decorah on a Sunday in the summer was a bit of a mistake, as most of the businesses and restaurants were closed. But McCaffrey's came highly recommended by a clerk in one of the shops that was open, so we decided to give it a try. I think, had we made a few different choices, we might have had... More 

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Clarinda, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Six of us had the terrific pizza at Dolce Vita Sunday. We were told it was award winning. It was outstanding. The very thin crust and toppings were exceptional. The owner, Jim, came to our table to visit. I asked him about the crust. He said he used a 210 year old sourdough starter in it then told us about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2149 Twin Springs Rd, Decorah, IA 52101-7811
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: 563-382-4723

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?