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Dolce Vita

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  • Italian
  • 221 Hanover St, Boston MA02113 42.362909 -71.055357
  • (Btwn Cross St & N Hanover Ct)
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  • (617) 720-0422
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User Ratings (Based on 7 reviews)

Food 4.4 Value 4.0
Service 4.2 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

(617) 720-0422
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Mon-Wed: 2:30pm-12am Thu-Sun: 12pm-12am
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Late Night

User Reviews

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by COlivieri on 02/19/2013

    Great Southern Italian!!

    This trattoria is wonderful!! Best baked stuffed calamari!! Best Brushetta! It has been my favorite for years!! Mangia!!

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by Sundy on 07/01/2012

    Excellent Food, Excellent Service!

    This was not my first time in the North End, but it was my first time at Dolce Vita-it was excellent! As a tourist, we ran into an older gentleman who recommended this place-Thank you sir-We loved it! The owner greeted us as we entered and we were seated without delay. My children were thrilled, "We get water out of a wine glass?" They felt special and grown-up. The wait staff was very attentive, the portions huge, and the food was to die for! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends, and anyone who finds themselves in Boston. Deliscioso! Thank you for the excellent meal! We will be back when we are in Massachusetts.

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by critter on 06/22/2011

    Cold hard bread

    I went to this resturant last week and have somewhat mixed feelings about it. First off I want to say that the owner was very nice and greeted everyone like an old friend This was a great start to the night. The wait wasnt too bad but thats only because we got the last seats at the bar but we then felt obligated to buy a drink. Two glasses of house wine was $20 ouch but at least we didnt have to stand over people while they ate to wait for a table. Im not sure its possible but maybe they can have the people in line stand further back from the tables. There is nothing worse than having someone stand over you talking while your trying to enjoy your meal especially if you bring a date.Its not to romantic having people a foot from your table especially if its a loud group of people. When we were seated the waiter said we didnt need to use the menu and to just tell them what we wanted? Well we didnt know what we wanted and would have preferred to look at the menu to see what kind of dishes they serve Im always up for trying something new but unfortunately I didnt know what they served because the waiter took our menus from us. I dont understand why he took the menus away he could have told us that if we didnt see anything we wanted then they could make what we wanted that seems like a better way than taking the menu away before you can read it.It was kind of strange. We ordered a bottle of wine and some bread but when the waiter repeated what bread we wanted we corrected him and said we dont want the garlick bread but when the bread arrived half of it was the garlick bread worse though the bread was very hard and cold almost stale tasting. When I go to a italian resturant I expect some nice fresh toasted bread not 4 tiny pieces of hard bread. It really was a big let down. When we got our meal it was good but average but we would have ordered a different meal if we could have seen the menu but we were under pressure to tell them what we wanted. All we could think of at the spur of the moment was chicken parm but thats something I make at home we wanted to order a dish that I wouldnt make at home but were rushed to tell the waiter what we wanted them to make for us. This practice baffles me and I dont think the owners intention is to have you order without looking at the menu so if he could have his wait staff give people the menu and tell them if they dont see something they like then they can make up what you want to eat..love the owner

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by Susie on 08/26/2010

    I can't wait to come back!

    I happened across this place in Sep't '09 and loved it! I have a chance to come back this Sept 10, and am looking forward to the excellent service and food! In '09, I met regular patrons who were very friendly; that combined with the food, service and ambience have convinced me that this is a great place to dine!

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by Chris R on 09/14/2006


    I used to love this place when it was a little hole in the wall. Now it tries too hard to be nice/fancy. The food is more expensive and the portions are a lot smaller leaving you hungry. Don't get me wrong the food is good but its not even close to what it once was. Also, the last 2 times in there I was rushed out so don't bring a date here.

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by Former Bostonian on 01/31/2006

    A one in a million place!

    Simply the best Italian food I have ever had!! As a student at Tufts, I came here as often as possible. The owner greets you at the door with his signature smile and will tell you that if you don't find what you want in the menu then they will make it for you, and he always makes good on his promise! I now live in NYC (yankees suck!) and cannot find an Italian restaurant that even comes close to Dolce Vita. Boston doesn't know how lucky it is to have a restaurant like this!! My favorite was to have the knowledgable staff create a menu for me. They ask what you like and come up with exquisite combinations! I will caution patrons to bring their appetites!

  • Dolce Vita

    Posted by Alexander Grahm on 01/29/2006

    Best Italian place in the North End!

    This place is absolutely awesom! The guy that runs it, think his name is "Franco" makes everyone feel right at home. The specials are incredible. However we really couldn't enjoy it as we over stuffed ourselves on the antipasta appetitzer of the mixed grill and all those other assorted items. The enormous bruschetta really did a number on us then the salad. Who had room for the main course?? For the value offered, the size of the portions and the large selection, both Northern and Southern Italian, this has got to be the greatest deal in the North End. About the quality, everything was cooked to order and the service was absolutley impecable. Appears to be a team job. When I dropped my napkin one wait person picked it up. I ordered more bread another brought it over. Great atmosphere and white tablecloths with many other lively people around, knew I was going to have a great meal. At the end we were treated to a plate of these great almond candies. What a place!! Can't tell you too much about the wines, since I don't drink, however, everyone seemed to be drinking a glass of wine. Will certainly go back and tell our friends.

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