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“Fantastic food”
Review of La Dolce Vita Restaurant - CLOSED

La Dolce Vita Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Spent two nights in Te Anau and was so impressed with this restaurant on the 1st night that we went back the next night. Very friendly Italian staff and a good ambience even though it is a bit of a barn of a place. We had pastas and meat dishes and all were exceptional, cannot recommend this place enough!

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

We dined at La Dolce Vita last night, arriving on their doorstep without a booking. Finding at least three Italian staff members in Te Anau was a wonderful surprise, and my scratchy Italian didn't seem to annoy them at all! The food was authentic and delicious, and the atmosphere (noisy and filled with la dolce vita) was exactly what we found in every trattoria worth its salt in Italy. Il padrone was busy, entertaining, and enthusiastic. The perfect host. Our waiter ( a gentleman from Verona) was attentive and patient. If we hadn't worn ourselves out by travelling to Milford Sounds and back today, we'd be eating Italian again tonight. I had orange roughy, perfectly prepared, and my husband had a sweet, juicy and pink steak. Grazie mille, la vita e bella.

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Thank Travellerholic
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Authentic, and happy to accommodate a variation in the menu for us. Fabulous restaurant and staff. Crayfish (lobster) was sensational as was the lasagna.

Thank Maxelle1
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

La Dolce Vita is quite a large restaurant with extensive indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Despite the size, the service is excellent. We were greeted immediately upon arrival and escorted to our choice of tables. Menu and drinks followed quickly, delivered by Italian waiters who seemed more comfortable speaking Italian than English.

The menu has a broad range of choices - we both opted for pasta dishes. They arrived within 10 minutes - a little too soon for our liking as we were still enjoying our drinks. Both dishes were very good. Smooth pasta and well flavoured sauces. For dished described quite differently in the menu, the sauces had a remarkable similarity in flavour.

The wine list is not extensive but has a reasonable selection of good wines.

La Dolce Vita is too large and open to be described as cosy or intimate. Its more of a cafe feel.

As a cafe, or even a restaurant, La Dolce Vita is expensive. Our pastas were $25 each and a glass of wine started at $10. The quality is good, but I am not convinced it warrants the high price tag.

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2  Thank ChrisandJudy1000
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Excellent food, great service & delightful atmosphere dining alfresco on a warm, summer evening. A slight mistake with our deserts, & we were given complimentry lemoncellos. Would definitely dine here again.

Thank TMB777
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