if you are looking for a red sauce joint that smothers store-bought pasta and breaded meats with mozzarella, go somewhere else. La Dolce Vita could well be a neighborhood restaurant in any of the great food regions of northern Italy. The pasta and bread are made fresh on the premises. In fact, everything tasted absolutely freshly prepared, from my salad with arugula and tomatoes bursting with flavor, to the cioppino (fish stew), with day-boat fish and shellfish in a broth that deserves mopping up (scarpetta!) with the delicious bread. Everyone on the staff IS Italian, and many of the guests around me were natives as well. The wine list offers excellent "insider" choices from Italy at reasonable prices. The service is friendly and professional without being overly solicitous. Nestled off of A1A on 33rd street across from Galt Ocean Drive, you will have to search out this intimate gem, and shame on you if you don't. Belissimo!