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Dolce Vita

#218 of 2,352 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Vernon, New Jersey
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten twice at Dolce Vita and everything I've ever had was very good. On my most recent visit they had an older fellow that was going from table to table entertaining with music and song. Turns out he is about 90 years old. Before he left he went to each table and said goodbye. This really brought me back... More 

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Thank BurnsnAllen
Plano, Texas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were welcomed into the restaurant as if we were old friends. They said they would be able to accommodate special requests. We ended up ordering off the menu. The garlic bread was good. I had the Chicken Parm. The sauce was not as spicy as I make, but it was good. My son had spaghetti and meatballs. Portions were... More 

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Thank Chandlermolly
West Yarmouth, MA
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95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I felt like I was actually in Italy. Atmosphere is comfortable and the food was made with passion. Wait staff was attentive, personable and hard working. This is not your average restaurant in the North End. This was charm. I was immersed. Especially when the musicians started to play. I loved the whole experience. I will be back!

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Thank capegirlonthego
Saint Cloud, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Treated like family - food was amazing. We ate here twice on our stay. Upscale dining with a very comfortable relaxed atmosphere.

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Thank pjeg1962
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189 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with a group of friends for dinner on a Tuesday night and it was pretty packed inside. They claim that they will make whatever you want (if it's not on the menu), but I requested cannelloni with meat and cheese inside and was told the cannelloni was already made and couldn't be altered....oooookay. So I ordered it anyways... More 

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Thank amars662
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Great food and and a very pleasant waiter. Pastafogial is homemade and excellent. The haddock baked in a lemon sauce is the best fish we had in a restaurant in a very long time. Pro

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Thank Roger G
West Palm Beach, Florida
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Franco, the owner, is the reason to go. While the food is great, he adds the "Italian Touch" as he greets every customer personally. We never even looked at the menu, he ordered "house" for us. Amazing. Great Food, Great Hospitality.

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Thank Chris T
The Woodlands, Texas
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130 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

You cannot get more authentic than this Italian gem. This place is on Hanover Street in the North End, owned and run by true italians, and the owner reviews every order before it hits your table. The food was AMAZING!!! The menu has m any different types of entrees, and the owner and staff will prepare just about anything you... More 

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Thank JeffLowney
New York, NY
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I had heard raves about the North end Italian. We should have done more research in advance. I had the Caesar salad- it was some romaine lettuce with a couple of anchovies tossed on top in a tiny bowl. Not very good. My beau has the arugula and lox salad- this was actually very good. the garlic bread was so... More 

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Thank Nano1NYC
Miami, Florida
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735 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We went to a Red sox game and had tickets to a midnight showing of cards against humanity at Improv Asylum across the street. we walked into the restaurant around 1015 pm on a Friday night and were greeted by the owner which sat us at the table. We ordered the stuffed shells as well as the lasagna. The owner... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, 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
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.