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Vivace

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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Virginia
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pasta was unremarkable. Underdone to me but probably with the desired "bite". Salad presented well but again unremarkable. Bread was delicious. Had to ask for it and was told they were out but soon on the way. Was glad I asked as was best part of meal. Had to ask for butter.

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Thank TruHoo
Charlottesville, Virginia
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93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

If you are in a hurry or want contemporary cuisine, this is not the Italian restaurant for you. If you are not in a rush and relish just good homemade Italian food and conversation, you cannot beat Vivace. My favorite dish is the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, sausage, and tomatoes. My husband loves the chicken parmesan, They are hearty portions,... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I guess the best way to describe this place is dated which is ok but the service was very bad and old menu. Owner is not a people person and is odd. Kitchen guy with no real ability to be around the front of the restaurant. Food was ok but service needs to be better and nothing has changed. Same... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The service was mildly warm, but the food made up for it. Great quality and quantity, a lot of pasta. They could use a greater variety of non-pasta dishes. It's a very traditional Italian menu that you would expect in any American restaurant with an Italian name. Super comfort food and it was fast too.

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Thank KryskaTNK
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I took my son and his family here for dinner on a Sunday evening in January. Our party included a 6 year old and 3 year old. We were seated promptly. Nice ambience. The service was excellent. Our waiter recommended an excellent wine. My chicken parm was excellent. The whole family enjoyed their meals and desserts!

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Minneapolis, MN
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Our friend wanted to go to an upscale restaurant for dinner and chose Vivace, as he's had good meals there. The food was good (not great), service was mediocre, and prices were as expected for an "upscale" place. I had the lobster bisque, which was tasty but extremely thick and salty with not much lobster. I also got the side... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were two mature couples. The room in which we were seated had four tables. Eight people were later seated at one of those. As a result it was noisy and impossible for us to have a quiet conversation over dinner. I ordered the "Frutti de Mare." Imagine boiled spaghetti tossed in a bowl, covered with canned stewed tomatoes, a... More 

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Thank loonisland
Crozet, Virginia
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95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

veal was fantastic as was the eggplant. great Italian food. Hard to beat Fabulous atmosphere. don't miss

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Thank FAC86
Charlottesville, Virginia
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

What a difference from the last visit several years ago. Last night I had the veal piccata and my husband had the veal marsala and we had a bottle of Reising with the chocolate torte for dessert. The food was excellent and the service good. They list the local vendors and also the supplies from Italy on the bottom of... More 

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1 Thank Diane W
Charlottesville,Virginia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The prices are good the food is even better-actually great. We heard that it recently changed hands so we went to try it again and were pleasantly surprised. Not only is it comfortable cozy and beautiful but the food is great and they give you warm friendly good service. We will be going back and often.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-979-0994
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?