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Dolce Vita

#178 of 2,366 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
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221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309
(617) 720-0422
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Franco is the reason we picked this restaurant out of the many on the street. He greeted us on the sidewalk with a kiss on our hands. It was still kind of early for dinner but we told him we'd be back and when we did we were greeted again with hugs. He told us to look at the menu... More 

Thank Arthur230
Liberty, Missouri
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

He had me at "if you don't see something you like on the menu, we'll make it" This was said by the owner as we perused the menu outside the restaurant. He kept his word! I ordered an off menu appetizer of garlic bread with cheese. I had the lasagna and it was everything my palate wished it to be!... More 

Thank Clara S
Florence, Kentucky
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful meal at great authentic Italian restaurant. Franco, the owner, is an excellent host! He gave my husband and I a quiet corner table with candlelight-nice ambiance. Would definitely go back!

Thank Betty L
Norwood, Ma
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We don't go into Boston very often, but were there for another reason. We decided to eat in the North End. The owner of Dolce Vita beckoned us to go there. I said I like smooth tomato sauce. He said of course his was smooth, he was Sicilian. The atmosphere was nice. It reminded me of being in Italy at... More 

Thank rstrac
Midland, Texas
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The portions were small for the price paid. The food was good but the service was lacking. The restaurant does have a nice atmosphere.

Thank Jill H
Tacoma, WA
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82 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to eat in Little Italy, and found this cute little restaurant. The atmosphere was great! The owner personally greeted everyone. They also had an accordian player who serenaded everyone with classic italian tunes. We were really glad we found this place!

Milton, Vermont
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got to the restaurant at the right time, about 3:45 as we had a RedSox game at 7:10PM so eating early was our only choice and we wanted to eat in the North End. Wine was wonderful, EVERY entree was exquisite, and the waitstaff very attentive. Within 1/2 hr after we arrived, there was a line around the corner... More 

Thank HockeyNanna
Ipswich, Australia
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First night in Boston and staying close to Italian quarter so we walked around and found this place while checking menu on sidewalk, The service was good and the owner Franco was very nice however all that only gets you so far otherwise the score would be lower, Had the Gnocchi which was awful and could not have been made... More 

Thank Ricksta59
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the shrimp & scallops scampi & my friend had the most tender Veil, service was very friendly and accommodating, and our server was nice enough to spend a lil time to orient us to the city & sites which saved us a lotta tome and steps, wonderful food!!

Thank Bob R
Boston, Massachusetts
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to try a North End restaurant we hadn't eaten at before (there are so many and so many very good ones). It was a beautiful afternoon and we were charmed by the little table right at the open window, perfect for a soft breeze and people-watching, so we went in. A good choice. Restaurant was crowded and bustling... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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

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

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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