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Dolce Vita

10824 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-385-1530
www.dolcevitafairfax.com

CUISINE Italian, Pizza

PRICE $$ ($13-$20)

HOURS Open for lunch, Monday through Saturday, dinner daily.

DELIVERY No

TAKEOUT Yes

NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2007
Best Bargain Restaurant 2008

NEARBY METRO None

SPECIAL FEATURES

Lunch
Dinner
Live Music
Takeout
Accepts Credit Cards



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NVM Review

(May 2008)

By Warren Rojas

Sate your need for starch with a double helping of potato goodness, beginning with a Cristoforo Colombo pie ($11.95) neatly dressed with turkey, thinly sliced potatoes and a liberal sprinkling of gorgonzola, and ending with gnocchi Romagnola (12.95), an ample serving of tender potato dumplings bolstered by a light tomato cream sauce, mushrooms and a scattering of pine nuts.

(June/July 2007)

By Warren Rojas

If all pizza tastes the same to you, broaden your horizons with the trailblazing Cristoforo Colombo pie-a symphony of lean turkey, razor-thin potato slices and blue-green bubbles of melted Gorgonzola (the fragrant cheese is absolutely breathtaking).

(May 2006)

By Warren Rojas

Italian-born Riccardo Bellucci and Giuseppe (Joe) Ricciardi have spent over a decade living the "sweet life" in Fairfax, during which their restaurant, Dolce Vita, has thrived as a popular destination for homemade Italian favorites. The festive locale boasts daily lunch specials that include assorted sandwich ($5.95 with a drink), 10-inch pizza ($6.95 with a drink) and pasta ($7.95 to $9.95, with salad and a drink) deals. Meanwhile, pasta dinners and gourmet pizzas can be had for under $15 just about any time.

The tortellini alla panna ($12.50) brings ground veal in a lush cream sauce (sauce is silky smooth, the veal-stuffed noodles solid). The fettuccine Botticelli ($12.95) is as pretty as a picture, bearing thin egg noodles layered with grilled chicken, pert peas and a light cream sauce. The adventurous Cristoforo Colombo pizza ($11.95) is amazingly thin-the crust is just sturdy enough to hold the toppings, but still razor thin-but delicious, housing a blend of gorgonzola, coin-sized potato slices and shaved turkey that takes your breath away (literally-the Gorgonzola is fantastically strong).

And on weekends, patrons are treated to the musical stylings of a charismatic guitarist-singer who flows from Italian to Spanish to contemporary pop with absolute ease.

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