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About La Dolce Vita - Cleveland
Welcome to La Dolce Vita Bistro - “The Sweet Life,” a restaurant and bistro created to recapture the bell-époque charm of “The Italian Drug,” opened here by Dr. Anthony Caruso in 1914. In the tradition of the great European bistros, La Dolce Vita is devoted to providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for everything from eight course dinners to coffee and Calvino. We strive to prepare the perfect meal, or the perfect cappuccino, and let you enjoy it at your leisure. Our pasta is cooked fresh to order, our sauces and dressing are painstakingly prepared using only the finest ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, the freshest vegetables, imported whole tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian parsley... and your table is reserved for the evening.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
Valet parking available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Street Parking also available.
RTA bus stop in front of restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Family parties have with up to 100 people capacity offering Chef's Sampler at $36/person or Chef's Feast at $50/person dining.
Private Party Contact:
Jamaa Ajabli: (216) 721-8155
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Dolce Vita - Cleveland Ratings and Reviews
This is a quaint little place with great food. The owner makes you feel like family as he visits tables asking you to try various items from the kitchen. Our dinner was great...A huge delicious salad, great appetizer, and wonderful pasta dishes. And an unexpected treat...Free dessert! Yum!
The food was very good. Unfortunately, the service was disappointing. We waited 20-25 minutes before anyone even asked if we wanted a drink. Not sure if it was a manager who finally noticed us but to his credit he waited on our table himself and from that point the service improved. It was a busy night for outdoor dining so hopefully the lack of service inside was a reflection of that, as we enjoyed our pasta dinners and would like to return in the near future.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is authentic Italian and delicious. What more could you want? We had a large group for a late lunch. Our waiter handled the demands of the group with style and grace and the meal flowed seamless. Everyone enjoyed their food. The owner happened by our table and we enjoyed having a conversation with him. He made us feel like family. We will be back the next time we are in Cleveland.
Had not been here in years, wife and I went for a relaxed casual anniversary dinner. Weather was perfect, Sat outside, Service was prompt and attentive, food was tasty and well portioned, Terry the owner stopped by the table, always the consummate host!
Just a wonderful experience.
We loved sitting outdoors andenjoying authentic Italian cuisine. More than the food and ambiance, the servers were EXCEPTIONAL!! Valan and Abdul especially made this dinner worth it. We were treated like royalty, given special house appetizer and dessert. We chatted with our server throughout the evening. The service was quick, efficient, friendly, and the main reason I would go back (the food is awesome too!).
Good food and great location in Little Italy. I have been going here for years whenever I'm in town - couple times a year. Noticed several new restaurants/new chefs. Will probably try one of the other restaurants in Little Italy next time as our local friends keep suggesting others. The only real negative I have of this restaurant is that there is supposedly no air conditioning in the restaurant and we were sweating a little this last time eating.
Busy corner in the middle of Little Italy. Valet parking. Accepts reservations. Casual attire. Nice sit down bar and tables. Great ambiance. Very good service. We were offered fresh pasta from the owner who was circulating with a large cooking bowl. The food was so good. The noise level is very loud, but fits the vibe. Love this restaurant!
We were seated outside which was pleasant, but it took nearly 20 minutes for a server to come to the table an only after asking for assistance. The salad came without any dressing and the food was mediocre at best - overcooked chicken and pasta. Very disappointed and not worth the $80 tab. No plans to return.
The owner was fantastic and very personable. The food was good too. I felt the menu was a little limited on choices. We chose to eat outside but when it started raining we moved inside. Inside was super crowded. We had a hard time getting to our seats at the table. We saw the water boy more than our waiter.
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