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“Fantastic service, good food but ...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Dolce Vita (Swindon) - CLOSED

La Dolce Vita (Swindon)
Empire Court, Clarence St., Swindon SN1 2JF, England
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Price range: $21 - $31
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic service, good food but ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

What can I say, the service was in my top 3 ever, anywhere in the world! Flexible, friendly, nothing too much trouble. In a very quite and unassuming way, the family members are obviously passionate about what they do and do their utmost to make you feel welcome. The food was good. Funghi Friti to start with garlic mayo .. very nice. I had medalions of fillet steak with a brandy and peppercorn sauce - tender, melt in your mouth beef with a very tasty sauce. Fresh vegetables cooked perfectly. My husband had veal with a masala sauce - also good. Other guests had diablo sauce - quite spicy! and others had pasta - all reports were good! There were 6 of us. Some people had 3 courses, some just 1. Wine, liquors, plenty of beer, some soft drinks and liquor coffees were all part of the deal and the bill came to just under £200. Which I thought was reasonable for what we had.

Support this restaurant folks, it would be a great shame not to see the owners bring this restaurant to it's full potential!

A tip for the owners, turn the heating and the music up a little :)

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Swindon
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98 reviews 98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A very enjoyable meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Returning to this restaurant after 'not bothering' for about 5 years. The new owners have a job to turn it around and should get there.
The service was just great and could not have been more attentive and thoughtful. The menu was quite extensive and the starters were delicious. My husband had a fillet steak rosini which was very good. My veal was a little over-done for me but the white wine sauce with mushrooms was delicious. The platters of vegetables served was enough for four people but really nicely cooked.
Pudding was a freshly made tiramisu and a crisp canelli with ricotta! The whole evening was really lovely - music, cleanliness, service all great.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Easily the best food in Swindon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Following the disasterous demise of the restaurant under the previous owners this really should have been rebranded to reflect the changes. This family run restaurant serves easily the best food in Swindon. Friendly, clean and a "nothing is too much trouble" attitude compliment this superb food brilliantly. My wife won't eat out anywhere else in Swindon. Swindon's best kept secret, don't tell anyone! !

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Mmmm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Really nice food. Good extensive menu attentive service and decent wine selection. Very busy and nice ambience.

Visited November 2013
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“Better late than never!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We had a lunchtime table booked for four; being a birthday lunch, we needed to get there early and hand over a cake, set up balloons, etc. Despite an opening time of noon, we were still standing there at 12.15 when Tom, the owner's son turned up with the keys, apologising profusely that his father, Franco, was on his way back from London with fresh ingredients! Despite this, he made us feel more than welcome, and the food was exceptional - well worth the wait. As he said, 'We got there in typically Italian style'! The menu is short, but this is usually a good sign, as it means the dishes are usually fresh, rather than prepared in advance & just reheated and I would say it showed; the salmon for instance, was brought back fresh by Franco this morning... Would revisit in a heartbeat. Thank You for making us feel so at-home.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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