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“Unexpectedly good”
Review of La Dolce Vita - CLOSED

La Dolce Vita
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 30, 2010

Never expected to find such a restaurant in Wharton. South american owner of an italian restaurant, not a good combination I thought. But we were tired of the rest of the restaurants in the area, with greasy, unhealthy food.
However the food was just great: good, pure italian recipes with fresh ingredients. high props on that. A bit pricey, but good value for the money spent.We went there twice, each time 4 people. Each dish has been just great, and we all know well italian food, not american italian. The deserts were also very good and, again, different from what you normally find in an american italian place.
The fact it is situated in Shoprite parking lot is an advantage, you can always find parking spots.

Not the greatest atmosphere (although they try) and they don't have a alcohol license.
On a negative, we went there for a third time and they were closing. It was on a Sunday 8:30 pm.

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2  Thank Daniel_Rockaway
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Reviewed January 27, 2010

One of the things that I use to judge a restaurant is the parking lot test. Its a simple test, if you see the parking lot filled up on a Friday or Saturday night, there is a reason. The converse is also true. With this restaurant It can be hard to get parking spaces near it.

My wife and I went there on a Saturday night. We had a reservation and were seated within 5 minutes. The restaurant is dry, so we bought a bottle of wine with us. The waiter was very helpful with it. If you forget to bring wine, the Shop Rite is across the parking lot from it and has a very nice wine selection.

My one complaint about the restaurant is that there is a lot, perhaps too much, seafood on the menu. The menu could use more pasta dishes and more meat selections.

Overall the food quality and service is excellent. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the area.

For those people who are coming from the mall, go west on Mount Pleasant Avenue, then make a right on Route 15. Its in the same shopping center as Shop Rite.

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3  Thank bwco
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

Had dinner here recently with two other couples and everyone loved this place. The food presentation was excellent. Our meals were terrific. The service was very attentive. We were here midweek, and the restaurant wasn't overly crowded. Can't say what it would be like on weekends.

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1  Thank beelzebub
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Good place to go for lunch. chicken balsamic with pasta including salad or soup for 9.95 which is not bad at all. It's BYOB. Not so kid friendly but great to go with coworkers or some friends. I do wish they bring back the mashed potatoes. They were good but no longer have them. Overall it's a great place to go for a nice lunch not so much for dinner.

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1  Thank PR4LIFE
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Reviewed December 29, 2009

I've eaten many top restaurants in NJ, but La Dolce Vita is as good as any. Atmosphere is casual and inviting and the service is good and friendly. Their food is just outstanding with reasonable prices. Many of my firends, incluing those came from Italy, love their food very much.

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1  Thank uJL
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