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“Better than expected”

Roberto's Dolce Vita
Ranked #22 of 38 Restaurants in Ship Bottom
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Although I've read some of the recent reviews of the restaurant, we took a chance and stopped by on a Friday night without reservations. Although they were pretty much booked, they arranged a few things around and were able to seat us. Our waitress, Lisa, was attentive and helpful. The three of us were really pleased by what we ordered. The chicken saltimbocca was well prepared and the portion was nice. The two other pasta dishes were good as well -- we cleaned our plates. I wouldn't say that the menu was inventive, but for good basic Italian food we were definitely satisfied and would return. The decor was nice and it was remodeled after Hurricane Sandy. If I were to make 2 suggestions, I thought that the price was a bit high for the area and I'm not big on menus that indicate additional pricing for add-ons (e.g. add $1 for cappellini, $2 for xxx). Especially since the prices were higher to begin with.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank laminpa
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English first
Saddle River, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Going downhill”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Been here many times. The menu is the usual, kind of boring. Went a few weeks ago and we won't be back again. Lost our business. The waitress we had was unbelievably sloooooow! She was pleasant but awful. The appetizer portion was one third what is used to be and it was not cheap. We were just really turned off all the way around.They finally updated the decor, forced by superstorm Sandy.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank windowworker
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“good restaurant depending on what you order”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The appetizers were fantastic: mussels in garlic sauce and calamar. the pasta was good (marinara sauce OK). I had the veal caprese with tomatoe and mozzarella in a brown sauce. The veal had a funny taste to it and I wound up getting sick that night. No one else got sick and enjoyed their meal. I do have a sensitive stomach so perhaps it was me. the restaurant is very nice and the owner/ wait staff are fantastic. I am not sure I would return there though. It is BYOB

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank noelle1156
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Brossard, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise!”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Nice little restaurant that needs to get known better. Excellent service and very nice decor. Quiet, charming yet not pretentious. I had the veal parmesan and it was excellent.

  • Visited June 2012
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Clearly was not impressed!”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

For the price and a "byo" it was expensive and the food just WASN'T that good! Average at best. Service was better than excellent. For this restaurant being on a beach "vacation" town, it definitely needs to "amp" it up to get patrons to come back. Clearly marked as a fine dining restaurant there are definitely better food options on the island than Roberto's. Was clearly unimpressed.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank ShazzG
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