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Dolce Vita Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
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Ranked #7 of 419 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Serving the best Italian food in Fairfax City for over 21 years! A full service restaurant with both classic and inventive Italian dishes, and a romantic wine bar with expert wine list and shareable small plates all brought to you by Executive Chef Anthony Grasso and house Sommelier Matthew McGuigan. Locally-sourced meats and produce, homemade pastas and pizzas, and farm-to-table ingredients are our passion.
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“So so bad...”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

This place is terrible. It's one of the worst Italian places I have been to in the area. I am shocked at their ranking...

First, the waiters don't speak English and can't even answer simple questions about the menu. The ones who can, are rude and obnoxious.

Then, our cokes were served from an open pitcher and were completely flat. The restaurant also charges for coke refills, which isn't customary in this area.

The food was terrible. I ordered a pizza and my husband ordered a calzone. We were both SHOCKED at how bad and cheap the ingredients were. Just to get a perspective, my husband normally doesn't even notice the quality of cheap commercial pizzas, so for him to comment on the food ingredients being cheap and bad was pretty unique - which prompted me to write my very first restaurant review.

Finally, the kitchen is atrociously dirty. While walking to the bathrooms, the door to the kitchen was open. The floor looked like it hasn't been cleaned in months, and the food prep areas were scary.

The only good thing about this place is the price. But I guess you get what you paid for holds specially true here.

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Mediocre...Was Once Great”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

maybe a victim of time or maybe just too busy a place...but dolce vita, in my mind, has slipped to mediocre food quality. a great and varied menu, their brick oven pizzas are still great, but their entrees seem to be flavorless, pre-cooked (lacking freshness right off the stove, so to speak), and their wait staff have agrown inattentive. i ordered the grilled calamari...drowned in balsamic, and cold, rubbery like it was cooked a while earlier. then the chicken saltimbocca...dried out, bland, and the side of angel hair pasta was stuck in a clump, cold and with minimal sauce on it. other times there with whatever entree, the side of pasta was not al dente or freshly cooked. even the pizza sometimes comes out drowning in liquid in the center, or just doughy. and the waiters come around once at the beginning, then seldom seem again. a shame, because 10 years ago this was an intimate little place, never crowded. in sum, overrated, pushed-out italian food. my guest ordered the mahi special with olives and a red onion sauce...there were only 2 little pieces of olive in the dish, and no onion taste at all. perhaps people are swayed by the name and broad menu...the image of "veramente italiano" but in reality, another italian-american restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We recently moved back to Fairfax after 3 years in Europe, and we're happy this little gem is still as good as we remembered. It truly is an authentic Italian restaurant, with tasty sauces that don't over power quality ingredients. The service was top notch and their wine list is excellent.

  • Visited November 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I have been coming here since it opened! Joe and staff have a little gem here. The food is fresh and delicious! The wine list is outstanding and won't leave you broke! The staff is personable. The owner always present. I cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Visited November 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Truly Italian”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is an Italian restaurant through and through. Their calamari is incredible - not coated in bread and fried - so you can taste it and it's tender. The sauces are delicious and don't overpower when they are not suppose to.

Visited February 2012
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