Asked my husband to book us dinner in the italian in Monkstown for a Friday night, thinking he would book That's Amore, which I'd told him about after reading Paulo Tullio's review of it. He actually booked La Dolce Vita, which turns out to be only a few doors away from That's Amore. Surprising that there are two Italian restaurants within such a short distance of each other.
walking past That's Amore, we could see it was packed to the gills. Then again, there are only 18 tables, so no wonder. We went for a quick drink in Goggins, then headed upstairs to La Dolce Vita.
We were welcomed by a very friendly waitress and brought to our table. From an atmosphere point of view, it was disappointing to see only two other tables occupied, this was 8pm on a Friday, you would think there would be more people out eating. Anyway, we had a nice corner table, beside the fireplace, upon which were several stills of scenes from La Dolce Vita.
We decided to share a starter so went for the bruschetta. Like any simple dish, you really need to get this sort of thing right for it to be any good and they really did. Lovely bread, very fresh tomatoes and just the right amount of garlic. For mains, we went for lasagna (with chips) and I had smoked salmon pasta. I can't remember the name of the type of pasta, but it was like long pieces of rice but pasta. It was seriously tasty as was my husband's lasagna. With a bottle of wine the total came to c. Eur51 before tip. Again, you can't go wrong with those sort of prices. Great service and great food, we'll be returning.
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