Villa Dolce
Villa Dolce

Villa Dolce

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villadolcecafe.com/
  • Phone: 6088330033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Villa Dolceʼs accurate, on time and delicious catering is available to parties of up to 100 people, anywhere in Middleton. Our fresh Italian cuisine will please all of your guests with a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas, and desserts. From business luncheons to bridal showers, anniversary parties to graduations, our long list of returning and regular catering customers are proof of our client satisfaction. Call or email our owner, Faton Lumani, at 608-833-0033 or info@villadolcecafe.com
  • Special Events: Monday Night Special - 10% off all Pizza Wednesday is Date Night - 1/2 price bottles of wine.

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Villa Dolce
A modern Italian cafe in the heart of downtown historic Middleton. With a contemporary vibe this fusion Italian gem features unique topping gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta and famous Gelato.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Villa Dolce reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (7)notable wine list (7)special occasion (6)romantic (5)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Thought we would try it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I have lived in Middleton for years and thought we would try this place. Nothing special but nice. Probably won't go back.
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  • Always good food and service.
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoy the food and service and ambiance, and we brought two other people with us for this night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Our new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have been attempting to enjoy this amazing find, but seem to be in town most often on Sundays visiting our 3 Badgers... We had the rare opportunity during the week and jumped into a tranquil well appointed oasis of amazing food, stellar service, and a wine/beer list to cater to everyone in our large family. And they flawlessly accommodated a family or 5 - not easy in Madison during busy move-in times. We are arranging our schedules to visit again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    WITraveler
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The wait staff was careful with our order, particularly with our grandson's special request. We like sitting in the quiet back room, but felt a bit neglected for a time. Our waitress was apologetic & attentive once the high demand elsewhere resolved. The pasta dishes are dependably good, and we enjoyed the always dependable pasta caprese & apolonia salad. The gelatos are lovely, but I continue to pine for the elusive lime variety.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pizza in Middleton's Cute Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Busy place on a Friday evening. Pizza and salads were fine; reservation saved a long wait in line.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food and service, and c
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We go here often, and the staff pretty much all know us. It makes it a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good food and service
    Joyce
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We often go to Villa Dolce, and they pretty much know us now, and the wait people are very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy offrerings at Villa Dolce
    tastybites
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I took my friend to Villa Dolce for her 60th birthday, and was happy to see so many salad offerings - I hadn't remembered that being the case a few years ago. The eggplant appetizer was outstanding, very flavorful and just dripping in warm, gooey cheese! My kale/quinoa salad was delicious topped with salmon, healthy but very satisfying. The one disappointment was that the perfect little round table by the front window had been replaced with two smaller square tables - not at all the 'feel' by the window that I remembered. I would definitely go back to Villa Dolce for a quiet, relaxed meal, however.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great pizza
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We like this spot. The pizzas are creative and delicious. The wine list is very good. Service is good. And for some reason we like to sit outside. The tables are practically in traffic and these days in a road construction area. But we still choose to sit outside and watch the activity of Middleton. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Pizza
    ctgoldenbearVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our 2nd time to Villa Dolce, and we again were very pleased. The salad and the pizza was excellent. I would highly recommend Villa Dolce to anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food and service, and c
    Joyce
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We come here often, and the staff knows us, so it is definitely a pleasurable experience, as the food is always good and the service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Tcampa
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We sat outside of this charming restaurant. The food was great I had the shrimp and scallops over fresh made linguini which was fantastic! I highly recommend this restaurant. The service at villa Dolce was equally great and from the hostess to the server they were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 101 reviews are from the Villa Dolce reviews archive.
  • The best Italian restaurant.
    Joyce
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The evening was lovely and the service great. We always enjoy coming to Villa Dolce. One of our favorite places. Comfy, and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    WineNightMama
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great food, perfect ambiance, loved the gelato bar! The only downside was they were short staffed when we arrived so we sat for about 10-15 minutes before we were served drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty pizza
    FoodieSnob
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a group of family for our son's graduation dinner. The pizza and Italian dishes were very flavorful and simply yummy. It is a very cute little restaurant with a quaint feel to it. We definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My two daughters brought me here for a Mother's Day treat. The food was wonderful! I have recommended your restaurant to several people already.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food and service
    Joyce
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have dined here frequently and always enjoy the food, the service and the wine. They even gave us a small chocolate divinity because my husband had recent successful cataract surgery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must Try
    JoJo
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food was fabulous, service was wonderful, and the price was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy dining here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have had a good dining experience here several times. Comfortable home-like seating. Although menu selection not huge, we have always enjoyed the seafood specials. Interesting pizza choices. Service above average. Multiple gelato choices for dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've been to Villa Dolce before and had great experiences, however last time we went the food was only okay. I'm figuring we caught them on an off night since we usually have great pizza there. What bothered me the most was the hostess and wait staff were bickering with each other not once but twice in front of us. I know you aren't always going to get along with everyone you work with, but never show that in front of customers. Made us not want to come back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place, great Atmosphere
    Joyce
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It was a lovely place. We come often, as we know the food and wine to be excellent. Love the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • One of our favorites
    nocomplaints
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I frequent Villa Dolce often because it is a cozy, friendly neighborhood spot. We always feel welcome and have a lot of fun with the staff. This time, we treated my mom and sister to a visit to Villa Dolce and they too had a great time. The staff made them feel right at home. The food and service were both very good; if not excellent. There is something about the atmosphere that is simply special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very good service and the food was delicious. It was a little noisy but still able to carry on a conversation at the table. The chairs were very comfortable and we did not feel rushed. I would return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has gone downhill
    Mkatt
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This used to be a great little place we went to 2-3 x/month. Romantic, half-price wine night, great food. Now, just mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best bolognese and desserts!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is such a pretty place and cozy. I was thrilled we could get in on a Friday night, with little (and changing notice). I tried the lemon drop, which was as delicious as it was pretty - and not too sweet. I'm a self proclaimed bolognese sauce snob - and I love their version of a rich, tomatoey, hearty ragu over the thick noodles. I love the spoon, cause I want to enjoy every drop. It's hard to find restaurants that make their own desserts. For 5 of us, we had a hard time narrowing down our selection to 4. I was glad to have room for dessert, the creme brulee was divine. It took me a long time to go the first time because I figured I wouldn't be able to get in - don't make the same mistake. Great place for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    KnipsLinz
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Madison area. It's a charming little place with amazing food and a great wine selection, plus their gelato is to die for. I would recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice decor--nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Good food, nice decor--nice quiet atmosphere to have a relaxing meal of one of their specialty pizzas or pastas. A bit of a fooler as you need to go inside to get a feel--not much curb appeal, but they did a good job of creating a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't go out to dinner on a holiday
    ambrai101VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the service was as good as it could be, considering we were all packed in like sardines flying coach...I made the mistake of sitting on the outside of a row of tables sitting back to back- it was like getting hit by the beverage cart every time the waitress or another person tried to get by. Food was good, but experience was less than desirable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the food and the overall
    Bryan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I loved the food and the overall experience. Parking is challenging but we'll definitely be back to sample the pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never dis appointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I have made 3 visits over 7 months and have always been impressed with the staff, the accommodations and food on my most recent trip we enjoyed a thin crust pizza with pears and caramelized onions, and a superior calzone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have never had a miss
    Middletonfoodfan
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We joined neighbors for dinner during restaurant week. Always enjoy eating at Villa Dolce. Every entree is perfectly prepared and presented. If you want a pizza but have advanced to the gourmet variety, they do an excellent job of filling that craving. The atmosphere is modern in an old building. We all noted the good acoustics on a busy night. Service was prompt and friendly but not rushed. They have a good wine list and great desserts. We have had lunch at Villa Dolce and several dinners. Thanks for being in Middleton!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    amitisraeli
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Also I visit during "Madison Restaurant Week" - the suggested menu was not "good enough" to pay $25 or even $30. we pick items from the standard menu, which turn to be better and less expensive as the suggested "special" menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Courteous and Helpful
    Briana
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. They were more than accommodating and really made us feel welcome. Very enjoyable. The food was amazing. I'd go back over and over again as a regular customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food and service
    Joyce
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We always enjoy dining here, and the wait people are excellent, especially Delores.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite spots!
    WiscoCouple
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This place has been one of our favorite restaurants since we discovered it 6 months ago. The food is always great & the service is friendly and efficient. A perfect atmosphere for a date or small group. Desserts are fantastic too, made in house daily! Have brought friends with us and recommended it to many others. Already looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great local treat!
    ckeith
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Villa Dolce is a cozy local eatery with great food, a good selection of wines, and wonderful range of gelatos for dessert. (Actually, their tiramisu is also excellent.) The wild mushroom flatbread appetizer is superb, as are the bruschetta and caprese. I also highly recommend the butternut tortelaci and the beef bolognese for main courses. Every pizza I've had there has also been terrific. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, and service is prompt and friendly. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compared to other places in
    KCKLEIN
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Compared to other places in Madison that we've been to recently, I would say this place is "quiet", just not as quiet as a dinner for two at home :) Great food! We had the carbonara and the Godfather calzone (filled with meats). Cocktails and wine were excellent! Will definitely go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place, great Atmosphere
    Joyce
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The waitress, Delores, is exceptional, and the food is quite wonderful. We always have a special time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food excellent, noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Food excellent, noise level loud on a Friday evening. A little small and seating crowded, but service was good, nice village ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crust
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Truly the best crust I have ever had on a pizza. Tasted homemade and fresh. So delicious! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall