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“As Italian as you can get in GA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita
323 East Broad Street (2nd Floor), Athens, GA
706-353-3911
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Ranked #7 of 342 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Genoa, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“As Italian as you can get in GA”
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 quality is very high - NYC or Chicago high. In the summer you find European seabass here (very different than the ocean one), else called Branzino. That's even hard to find in ATL and when you do the price is sick. And btw it's prepared as it should be, very simple parchment paper cooking technique. The staff in the kitchen are adults who were born and raised in Italy, like the owner. As far as fine dining in Athens, it is far superior to 5 and Ten, Last Resort, and the National according to my palate. The prices are certainly not CHEAP, but I think it is their strategy to not cater to cheap, and serve the people that are wiling to spend money for quality. If you are in the mood for a fine European dining experience, you go there. If you want to spend 15 bucks and feel full with whatever is being served to you, don't.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Atlanta, GA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A welcome option in Athens!”
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 were attractive and nicely presented. I would recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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41 restaurant reviews
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“One of the Few Restaurants in Athens”
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 pasta dishes) the service above average and NOT in-your-face with "how's everything going down so far", the background music a lovely, soft, jazz mix and NOT booming bar blasts designed to make conversation impossible, and the tables ample and well spaced. To find booze in Athens all you have to do breathe- to find food you must look. This this place to start as you'll not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh and quaint”
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 would both come back for.

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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Definitely worth repeating!”
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 great date night or family gathering spot.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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