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“A real gem-find upstairs!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Dolce Vita Ristorante

La Dolce Vita Ristorante
916 1st Ave. N.E., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
403-263-3445
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Ranked #407 of 2,927 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $0 - $99
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
“A real gem-find upstairs!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

What an evening! My husband arrived home in time from work for me to whip on a t-shirt and jeans as we had an errand to run where we live in Bridgeland. Low and behold on the way home, we passed Dolce Vita AGAIN and wondered what it was all about. We always crane our necks to look inside up and down and around but can never see in! A couple of nights I took the time to look up the reviews on this place and the news wasn't that good. So, we have lived in this hood for about 4 months and have avoided it. We thought we would step inside tonight on the way by and have a peek in. We were warmly greeted and invited to go check out the new 2nd level "pizza bar". (LDV) It has only been open for 1 month. OK, I thought I could have been dressed better to sit downstairs anyways and I wasn't, so upstairs we merrily went. PLEASANTLY surprised. The upper level is warm and inviting and by the time we left (we got there early around 530pm) it was at full capacity. (Many X-mas parties) The upper area is nothing at all like the lower area where it appeared dark and unwelcoming. But I could be wrong about the main level, we did not venture in down there too far... So, we were greeted by a new waitress and kind of seated ourselves by the window and menus were brought to us. Fireplace roaring, the place was fresh and clean and I was surrounded by manly black chairs but warm wood and fixtures. I loved the beams in the ceiling. My husband got to try out a new beer tonight which he loved from Austria (Stiegl) and he was even given the option to sample first! He wanted to try one other but the Keg was out, no biggie. I tried a Chianti red wine to start and it was lovely. Mozzarella balls (fried) on the appy list was not missed by my husband (a mouse in his former life according to him).I KNEW these would have to be ordered. The waitress advised we should have the focaccia bread with it to add to it but, not my fave so we skipped that but ordered the balls to come out with our pizza. The balls were large (2), fresh tasting and nicely breaded. A great score. The pizza - thin crust, Napolitana style, wow, you can see that huge oven as soon as you walk in. THIS is pizza I have been looking for in Calgary, fresh ingredients, good selection. We ordered the San Francesco style pizza which has a trufflle oil base, arugula, prosciutto, asiago cheese and grape tomatoes. ($16) YUM! No guilt! It was like a salad on barely there carbs! The pizza was not overloaded with the pricey toppings but was just enough. We loved having the mozza ball sauce, nice and tomatoe-y to dip the pizza in. I really could not believe how many beer they had there but my husband ordered a second Stiegl and I ordered a red wine, valpolicella. Very nice, even more body than the first one and went well with food as the waitress had in fact mentioned. She could not comment too much on the food as she was so new - this is why I believe anyone starting in a new restaurant as a server should have a scheduled tasting of everything. But, that is my opinion - we were on our own to order and we did well. We had a great time. This spot had a true Italian feel to it and I felt like I had been transported back a bit in time to another place. Not cheap but not overpriced and no frills EX, no candies come with your bill at the end! We have to commend our server though, as true foodies, we took our time with everything and she was ever present and gets an A for effort. The bill without tip was $63 including GST for 2 drinks each, a shared appy and shared pizza. We looked at the dessert menu but we will save that for another time. (No tiramisu!?) And there will be another time, very soon!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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“Not quite what I expected, not so "italian"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

I was not very pleased with what I ordered - raviolis with pesto. The service is just okay, not bad though. Romantic environment and nice wine selection.

Visited December 2011
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“Bueno”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Very good italian food. Higher priced menu but worth every penny. Pasta is very fresh and the sauces are excellent. Excellent service. Intimate to tight spaces. Parking for the restaurant is a bit confusing.

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“Fabulously memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

This was my second visit to La Dolce Vita and the first time for dinner. We arrived before their official 5 PM opening and were warmly welcomed anyway. We chose the Chef's dinner and he incorporated some of our wants into the full menu. Five course meal and each course was absolutely mouth-watering. We did not ask the price because I had been there for lunch and knew we would pay for quality. I understand the owner uses produce from his organic garden and you can taste the freshness. The waitresses were friendly, efficient and fun. Overall, a memorable meal. We will return.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Don't bother...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

This used to be a nice restaurant but not its just poor vaulue for money, average food and dismal service.
Please go somewhere else for your night out.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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