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“very good italian neighborhood food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita
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Ranked #11 of 392 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
fairfax va
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134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“very good italian neighborhood food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

for many years my wife and i have been going to this local italian restaurant in fairfax virginia. we have enjoyed the great food, wine selection, ambiance and music. the wait staff bend over backwards to take care of you. it is all in the vision of the owner "joe" guiseppe ricciardi . he has created authentic cuisine and flavors that his mother who is there on occasion baking up some great treats in the summer has contributed to. worth the drive to the suburbs

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Orlando
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Our favorite family spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This has been my parents "date night" spot for years and they finally brought us along. After spending a semester in Florence, Italy I have developed a taste for delicious Italian food and Dolce Vita is the best this side of the Atlantic! I love the wood oven pizza and pasta al arribita and make sure that you save room for a canoli!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Alice R
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Oakton, Virginia
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87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Delicious.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dolce Vita will give you the most truly Italian restaurant experience you will find in the area. The food, the hospitality, and the atmosphere will instantly transport you to Italy. Great food and wine!

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Freebeer12
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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600 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
“Simply average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The folks at Dolce Vita are nice and the food is fine, but it certainly isn't the best experience in the area. The wait staff barely knew enough english to get by, to the point we simply gave up trying to talk to them and resorted to pointing at the menu to place our orders. Where we were seated was in the far back and we looked straight into the bathroom, which was not really appetizing.

The food itself was under seasoned and uninspired. It was on par if not below the Olive Garden.

The parking issue is enough to make you not want to come, but if they now have valet parking, that should help a little bit. There is not much they can do about the parking I am afraid. Overall, it was fine, but just average.

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank GoodFood88
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Fairfax, Virginia
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best Italian Food in the Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We first went to this restaurant a year ago. Our friend has been going for years and invited us. This month, we took him out to dinner along with our parents. Be sure to make reservations! It is small (cozy!!) and gets crowded. We had reservations and were seated right away. Everyone enjoyed the meal. I had the ravioli... The pasta was so fresh! Delicious! My son (the picky eater) ate three huge meatballs! That is enough to make us return weekly! The musician plays requests which makes the evening very charming! I highly recommend!

    • 5 of 5 stars
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