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“Still great after 18 years!”

Dolce Vita Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
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Ranked #6 of 416 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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.
Fairfax, Virginia
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Still great after 18 years!”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We have followed this owner for more than the 18 years he has had Dolce Vita. And we are never disappointed with our visits there. You could easily pass it by in the traffic but it is worth looking for it to have a good meal. This visit was for lunch and our party had hot sandwiches and pasta dishes and everyone was delighted. But we still decided to have dessert and each had something different and all of the plates were clean! Dolce Vita is celebrating 18 years and had mailed us a coupon for 18% off our meal as well. Recommend this over the big chain restaurants if you want good Italian food and excellent service.

  • Visited August 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
“GOOD FOOD AND WINE, RUSTIC AND A LITTLE NOISY”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

This week for lunch I had a very good meat Lasagna and an excellent glass of Italian wine. The main dish comes with a tasty salad. My friend enjoyed a great red and another pasta dish. The service here is excellent. The drawback for a hearing impaired person or noise sensitive person is relatively high noise level of the place. To compensate, I sat in the back. The men's restrooom is one at a time and needs to be upgraded. The place seems to be very authentic Italian. I have been here three times so I rank the food better than the downsides. TIP: Sit in the the back near a corner away from the restroom. Try the Lasagna. To avoid the noise element, come either early or late for lunch and for dinner I would come early.

  • Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch!”
Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

I have been there several times for lunch. Excellent sandwiches at very reasonable prices. This is a great place to go for lunch!

  • Visited June 2013
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Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Oh my! Two amazing meals!”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this little gem! So much so, that we went twice in one week! The first night we went, we had pasta dishes. The pasta was fresh and the sauces so creamy. We had some Amaretto Cake for dessert that was extremely light and delicious. The second time we went, we splurged a little and got Salmone Alla Erbe and Pollo Milanese. It was fabulous! We had Amaretto Cake again and also got a Chocolate Bomb for dessert. We were not disappointed with anything, and the service was great! We were also serenaded by a strolling guitarist, which made the experience even more enjoyable. If we are ever in Fairfax again, it will definitely be on the itinerary!

  • Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Interesting experience”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

I have now been to DOlce Veloce twice for two totally differnt reasons. One was a wake for a friends father and the other was for a dinner. The food is small plate Italian, which is nice so you can get a bunch of different things for a reasonable price. I imagine the owners would like you to linger and down a couple of bottles of the wine lining the walls as you get small plate after small plate, which sounds like a nice afternoon. It is pretty tough to get here as it fills up quick and the parking is a nightmare. There is valet service after 6 to help out.

The last visit we took a turn through the menu, trying some different items. First, the foccacia, which was more like slabs of toasted white bread with a nice dipping sauce. There was nothing special about the bread. The rice balls are good, but were a little cool, no cold. They had a nice crunch and as a Happy Hour special, were a nice price. The Orecchiette baked with cheese and truffle oil was a nice adult mac and cheese. If you are worried about truffle oil, don't be, it wasn't noticeable. The Iceburg lettuce tossed with pancetta bits, corn, carrots, olives in a gorgonzola dressing was a nice salad, different, and unexpected. We took a little break and then ordered the Mixed grilled skewers beef, chicken, and sausage, marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette over cous cous. The cous cous was the large peral variety, and really buttery. It held a lot of flavor, and the sausage was the best of the meat. The chicken was a bit dry and beef was bland, but overall, not a bad dish.

We were shown the dessert tray, which consists of entirely frozen examples. Two of the desserts looked like and were more than likely straight from Costco (the half pineapple and half coconut), the other looked ok, but having them all come straight from the freezer seemed odd. I went ahead and ordered the chocolate lava cake, which was small and more than likely from Costco as well. When it arrived it was barely thawed. We asked if it should have been hot and anothre waitress said yes and whisked it to the back. Our regular waitress returned with a hot version (obviously microwaved) and explained some people like it cold. It's lava cake.....who eats lava cake cold?

Finally when we were leaving the waitress provided us with a stylus for a touch screen rather than a pen, which seemed weird as well.

Overall it was not a bad time and the food was fine. I would consider going back with friends to allow everyone to order their own plates and to see other items on the menu.

Visited June 2013
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