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“The real deal Italian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dolce Vita Cucina Italiana & Cicchetti Wine Bar

Dolce Vita Cucina Italiana & Cicchetti Wine Bar
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Ranked #8 of 415 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Serving the best Italian food in Fairfax City for over 20 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.
Fairfax, Virginia
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202 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The real deal Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Real deal italian. Using a wood fired oven for many of the dishes. My favorites are the pizzas in the wood oven.

Weekends finds you with live music from a strolling musician and an accompanying accordion player. The smell, the vibe, the friendliness of this place is wonderful.

Several of the waiters have been here almost the entire time the restaurant has been open, some 13+ years.

The wine bar next door is owned and run by Joe as well. Cichetti Veloce. Both are well worth the trip and if need be on weekends, the wait.

My hands down favorite local place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Is the owner in?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Our first experience at Dolce Vita was on July 10, 2010......our wedding night! We had an amazing meal cooked by the owner himself. We decided then to make it an annual anniversary event. We were telling friends how great our meal was and were warned: it's not like that when the owner isn't there. We didn't believe it.

We have now been three more times, and can attest that is indeed true. We had two meh so-so dinners and one other spectacular owner prepared meal.

I recommend if you want an amazing meal, make sure the owner will be there, sit at the kitchen bar, and chat him up....otherwise it's a disappointment.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Neighborhood favorite but well worth traveling for.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We were very pleased to discover this great Italian place right in our neighborhood. For is always good, wait staff is friendly without being overbearing. A great family-friendly place.

Visited February 2014
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Fairfax, Virginia
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What's happening to this place?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

We have been here many times and have always enjoyed it, but last night it was really bad. Maybe the weather was to blame but we arrived to an empty restaurant and the hostess was friendly, but it was down hill from there. Our waiter was very grumpy, and seemed annoyed by our presence. I ordered my favorite dish, the veal piccata, and it was so bitter it tasted like they just squeezed lemon on tough veal. I couldn't eat it or the bitter pasta. My husband ordered the rockfish special and it initially tasted okay, but parts of it were mushy and undercooked. It was obviously frozen fish so why have it as a special?

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A nice, quiet place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

In this age of restaurants with industrial ceilings and loud decibel ratings, Dolce Vita is a sweet little hideaway restaurant. It's small and would make a good place to go for a romantic dinner. I have been with a friend several times and have found the service to be good. I love their ravioli. However, I can't recommend their lasagna.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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