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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (27 reviews)
“bread” (17 reviews)
“orecchiette” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Some great tastes in this restaurant but be sure you don't get stuck upstairs. no atmosphere whatsoever. Quantities seem to take more importance than quality.

Thank K5408OQannl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were late, a downpour started as we got out of our car, the restaurant was noisy and the host was not pleasant (bad day??). I thought this is not going to be a great evening. Our friendly professional server arrived and everything brightened! He...More

Thank Wallacks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rated the Italian pasta dishes from the menu as only so so, but those of us who ordered the daily fish, that night a tuna steak with asparagus and rice, were well satisfied. I would have liked a wider range of wines available by...More

Thank joyceheard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best Italian food we’ve had in a while. This could easily be 5 stars with a little attention to small details like fresh ground pepper and Parmesan cheese. Wine list was quite good both by the glass and bottle. The pour for...More

Thank Ed F
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We strive for excellence every day and your positive feedback is appreciated. Thannk you! Pepper and Parmesan should have been offered I will address that at our pre service meeting today. Thanks.

Reviewed 11 April 2018

We have always had excellent meals here. In the warmer weather they have outdoor seating or in colder periods nice indoor seating. The food is fresh and very well prepared. Service is always excellent. We go periodically and will return.

Thank JackTravl
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I found Vivace out of desperation. We were in Charlottesville on a Friday night and tried to go to Main Street for dinner. After looking long and hard for parking, we went back to square one. The TripAdvisor app showed Vivace was...More

1  Thank JoeT621
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Met friends this evening and I ordered the wedge salad... delish! and the orecchiette pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe!!! With just a hint of spice :) Sitting outside, enjoying good company, good wine, and good food at Vivace was a home run evening. Easy...More

1  Thank Maria P
Reviewed 1 March 2018

Vivace does an excellent job with delicious traditional Italian dishes---hearty meatballs, perfectly done pasta, thick sauces, crispy crusted pizzas. Head and shoulders above Italian foods at chain restaurants. You won't be disappointed!

1  Thank M M
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We very much enjoyed our dining experience at Vivace! The wait staff were experienced, friendly, and helpful! We would recommend this establishment to anyone who desires a great Italian experience!

Thank 12AJB16
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thansk you for such a nice review. We appreciate your patronage and wish you a happy New Year!!

Reviewed 4 December 2017

Had a wonderful meal at Vivace over the weekend. There's something about good tomatoey red sauce that just makes you feel good and Vivace didn't disappoint. The Chicken parm was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. I also really enjoyed my ceaser salad and the garlic...More

Thank Steve K
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our restaurant. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you again.

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Lyn A
3 October 2015|
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Response from DebbiPRN | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about catering or delivery, but I'm sure they would be happy to speak w/ you.
Melissa W
1 September 2015|
Response from pal1414 | Reviewed this property |
Yes look on line for the menu and call
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-979-0994
Vivace Restaurant, located on Ivy Road near the University Of Virginia , opened its doors in July of 1995. Housed in the former main quarters of a peach orchard, Vivace attracts patrons with its diverse atmosphere. From the cozy intimate upstairs, which hints at the comfort and ease of Nona's home, to the vast expanse of our multi-tiered outdoor terrace, the ambiance at Vivace appeals to all. The 1940s hand-crafted serpentine bar in the lounge provides a festive setting for the light-hearted. For the romantic, enjoy a glass of wine by our inviting fireplace. From the moment you arrive, you'll discover that Vivace is full of Italian charm. Our unique decor and old family photos will transport you to a quaint Italian village, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Providing authentic entrees has been our primary goal for the past eighteen years.
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