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“Good food but seating pattern is interesting”

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: Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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.
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
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“Good food but seating pattern is interesting”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Was in town with friends for a business trip. Found the restaurant online. Food was really good but we noticed that they surrounded us with families with babies. We weren't going to move because we were in the middle of eating but thought that it was strange that they'd literally surround us with babies in high chairs when there were plenty of other tables available.

Visited October 2013
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Very good Southern Italian cuisine”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Very nice southern Italian (Naplitano) restaurant. It doesn't look like much on the outside, but it is well worth a stop. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. I had the Lasagna - very nice: noodles are al dente, good balance of sauce, ricotta, cheese and the sausage is nicely spiced. A well-balanced meal. Others in our party had tortellini and gnocchi - also well-enjoyed. Prices are very reasonable and the value is worth the cost. Service is very good - attentive and brought everything quickly when requested. We'll be back!

  • Visited September 2013
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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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