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

Dolce Vita
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Ranked #5 of 395 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
fairfax va
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137 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“very good italian neighborhood food”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Beavercreek, Ohio
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good wine list; food just okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Happy hour prices are good. Small plates to share is a great concept, but wasn't executed very well the night we were there. The food was mostly heavy and greasy; the pizza cones were inedible. The "Pollo Ossobuco" didn't resemble Ossobuco in the slightest; and while the balsamic sauce was tasty, the chicken was fatty and unappealing.
I do highly recommend the excellent marinated roasted vegetable plate served with crostini.
The wine selection was good. It would be nice if the wines were served at the proper temperatures. The red wine was downright warm; warmer than room temperature.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CatherineR270
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Orlando
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Our favorite family spot”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alice R
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sweet!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Dole Veloce is a natural extension or evolution of the "mother" restaurant "Dolce Vita" next door. We have been regular over the years. More often now that this winebar has opened. We love the "tapas" like items offered on the menu and are still discovering the extensive menu as we go. The wine offering is extensive and reasonably priced, especially during the Happy Hour period. Marcella always greets us with a smile making us feel as if we have come home after a long absence.
One of the very few great places in Fairfax to meet with friends and have a good time or just relax and enjoy the end of the work-week.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zetour
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Oakton, Virginia
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115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Delicious.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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