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La Dolce Vita

323 East Broad Street (2nd Floor), Athens, GA
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Ranked #7 of 335 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We enjoyed a delicious Italian meal in athens, Ga much to our surprise. Our table shared a variety of interesting appetizers including octopus and tuna. Entrees included pasta with mushrooms that we all enjoyed as it was way too much for one to eat. The risotto was also nicely served with roasted garlic and shrimp. It's small and crowed on... More

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Genoa, Italy
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is as Italian as you can get. I am native, born and raised there. It is just good. They have a great atmosphere and (note) attention to quality of key ingredients. Most pastas are made in house. Most dishes are prepared fresh every day, this is no shack with frozen lasagna that gets thrown in a microwave. The overall... More

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Atlanta, GA
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was in Athens for a conference recently and made reservations for La Dolce Vita based on Trip Advisor reviews. It was very nice to find a quiet restaurant in such a busy college town! The service was excellent and dinner was very good. While the entrees were not haute cuisine, the pasta was fresh and homemade and the offerings... More

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Unfortunately there are few restaurants in this town as the 65-plus "pubs" cater to the beer-guzzling college students for whom anything out of the microwave oven counts as 'restaurant' food. NOT AT THIS RESTAURANT! Unfortunately located up a flight of stairs without elevator apparently available the climb is worth it. The menu is diverse (veal with tuna, veal picatta, excellent... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lovely restaurant nestled on the second floor overlooking a busy but quiet Intersection with comfortable jazz music as a backdrop. Food was fresh and full of flavor. The handmade pasta was/is exactly what you would want when eating Italian food. The chef did an amazing job with the lasagnette agli asparagi. It has amazing depth of flavor and something we... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Service was timely and expert - apps were delightful - the carpaccio was so good we ordered a 2nd plate - nice atmosphere, good wine. We had several classic dishes - tortellini, gnocchi and fettuccine with meatballs - all were happy with their selections. This is a great find in downtown Athens - reasonably priced, portions ample. Would make a... More

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Athens, GA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Bread was unremarkable, but olive oil had a kick! Beef carpaccio was wonderful--perhaps a bit too much arugula, but that was easily remedied. Bruschetta was--okay, rather dry, topped simply with pieces of out-of-season tomatoes. We each had the pork loin. Servings were generous, asparagus was nice--just a hint of crispness. Moscato and cannoli for dessert--lovely! Service was attentive without overwhelming.... More

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Great evening with a friend in Athens. The restaurant is right on the main street in Athens, and upstairs overlooking the street and campus. We went on the weekend so it was busy but got a reservation (good idea) and were greeted well and given a table near near the window. We started with a couple glasses of Italian wines... More

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Athens, Georgia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I love La Dolce Vita, the prices are good, the food is very good, and most week nights my wife and I can sit down with no wait. will go again.

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Athens, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Friend and myself went to my most favorite italian restaurant in Athens . Got reservation at the last minute, and were greeted warmly on arrival. The staff was very helpful in suggesting our order, including wine. We selected two seafood dishes, one a monkfish and the other a mussel and shrimp dish. We were looking for a lighter meal and... More

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