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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 25 November 2017

My wife, two adult children and myself had dinner here on Friday November, 24, 2017. We were going to the VA Tech vs. UVA football game, had eaten here before and knew it would be very good. The restaurant is easy to find with plenty...More

Thank ChamL
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for a nice review. We look forward to serving you and your again. Go Hoos!

Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had such a good experience at Vivace. The managers/owners were awesome. They were so accommodating with our last minute reservation request. The meal was delicious, especially the salad with the red and white beets. A great time was had by all!

1  Thank arc612
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! Our beets are sourced locally as well as the goat cheese. Glad you enjoyed your dinner! Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Were seated upstairs next to a large noisy group. Hostess was kind enough to move us downstairs. It was still a bit noisy but better. Service was efficient and served with a smile. Pasta with marinara sauce was delicious. Pasta perfectly cooked. Spinach salad with...More

1  Thank LNM1108
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I was visiting my daughter in Charlottesville last week and we had dinner at Vivace. I’ve been wanting to go there ever since I started visiting Charlottesville. I drive past it for years and thought it was so pretty, so inviting. Well, I finally went...More

1  Thank DJAndrews
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank your for your visit. Glad you enjoyed your dinner. Join us for patio season in 2018 it really is a unique dinning experience.

Reviewed 22 October 2017

I go only because it's convenient. Less than ordinary food, usually passable. Salad are bad. Wait staff is pretty good. Suggested to one of the owners, why not turn it into gay bar. At least it wouldn't be so dreary.

Thank davidroyce207
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Traditional Italian restaurant with atmosphere. We ordered a nice bottle of red Italian wine with bruschetta , 2 per couple which was loaded with tomato, cheese and garlic, I ordered the spinach salad followed by chicken marsala and my husband ordered a wedge salad and...More

Thank Linda1521
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad your enjoyed your dining experience and thank you for spending your anniversary with us!

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Impromptu stop for dinner on a Friday night. We had a good table despite some large groups having parties. Prompt service and a very nice waitress. The pasta was the best we,veg had in US since coming back from Rome in May. It reminded us...More

Thank Steven S
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad it reminded you of Roma! Chef studied in Italy at the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria and spent some time Venice Florence and Rome. Thanks for your feedback and your patronage.

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Food is pretty good, but never anything special. Always good if you're down for regular Italian food.

Thank bengrainger3321
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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.
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Yes look on line for the menu and call
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Kids
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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