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“The Good Life”

Dolce Vita Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
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Ranked #6 of 419 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Vienna, Virginia
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Good Life”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Good food, at a very reasonable price. Good quality/authentic Italian food with prompt and courteous service. Good for a family or friends night out, not necessarily for the romantic - it gets a bit loud (in a good way).

Entrees were from around $18-25 with a nice selection of pasta, meat and fish. If you want something simplier there is a very good pizza menu to choose from. The only thing missing for my tastes was rissoto.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank VetTraveler56
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Fairfax, Virginia
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480 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“they now have valet parking”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We have not been to this Italian restaurant for about 6 months. They appear to be under new ownership since I did not recognise the wait staff. The big plus is that they added valet parking which is fantastic since their parking area is small and convoluted. Same decor.

Menu is about the same especially our favorite grilled calamari appetizer. Food was as good as ever (although not as good as about 5 years ago when the entire staff appeared to be Italian) and service was very prompt and efficient. I had the cioppino (mussels, clams, shrimp, salmon) w linguini and my wife had her favorite dish of garlic shrimp over buttered/oiled angel pasta. Definitely will visit again sooner than 6 months.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bob R
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Big Apple
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pleasant Italian restaurant. Nothing exceptional,but good food and service.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

It was a short distance from our hotel. Waiter was very helpful. Food was hot and tasty; prices were average.

Visited October 2012
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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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Thank MMNorth
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London, United Kingdom
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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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Thank mike i
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