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Dolce Vita

#201 of 2,377 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
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221 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2309
+1 617-720-0422
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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North Eastham, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Went for an early dinner after walking around Boston enjoying the holiday lights. We felt like we were in our own private party with 20 other strangers. The staff was warm and welcoming. A nice older man (in his 90s they said) played the accordion and sang. The food was outstanding. We kept it simple with one of us ordering... More 

Thank Marko02642
Arroyo Grande, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

The feeling in this restaurant was warm and inviting on a very chilly evening, it felt good. Our waiter was fantastic as well as the rest of the staff. It was a very slow evening being the night before Thanksgiving, so we didn't get much in the way of energy. Once the owner had a cup of coffee, he kicked... More 

Thank LindaWine
Columbia, Missouri
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71 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

We went here for lunch, asking at the door if the served pesto. The waiter said, "Come, we will make it for you." We did and they did and it was a pesto that rivaled dishes I ate in the Cinque Terra area. My husband had clams spicy with linguini and raved about the dish. It is quiet yet still... More 

Thank WriterDianna
Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 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 October 16, 2016

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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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

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 

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Midland, Texas
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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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80 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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 October 3, 2016

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 

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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, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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: +1 617-720-0422

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Posting guidelines
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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