Dolce Ristorante in Charlotte is a classic Italian restaurant serving up family friendly favorites. The atmosphere at Dolce Ristorante is airy and bright with a deep Mediterranean feel complete with Italian style artwork. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner with special cooking classes offered regularly.
Whether you are looking for a pleasant lunch or a lively dinner, Dolce Ristorante has something on the menu to please every palate. Try the ravioli in a parmigiana cheese pink sauce, the Milanese breaded chicken with lemon dressing or the salmone fresh Atlantic salmon in a white wine sauce. Be sure to save room for the Italian cheese cake dessert.
tomato sauce or olive oil and garlic
Layers of mascarpone custard & lady fingers dipped in Marsala. Topped with whipped cream & dusted with cocoa
Spinach and ricotta ravioli, cherry tomato sauce, basil and parmesan cheese
My meal, a special featuring chef-made pasta with scallops, shrimp, spinach and tomatoes was prepared in a heavenly wine and butter (?) sauce, was fabulous and my husband enjoyed chicken Marsala and raved about the mashed potatoes. We enjoy the pace of our meal - we never feel hurried when we dine here.
Excellent food, drink and service
We had a birthday dinner and the staff went all out. Complimentary preseco and a slice of cake. Dinner was fabulous and the chef out did herself with great table side service.
Great food! Great service! Family dining at its best!
Get away from the chain restaurants. Enjoy a true neighborhood gem. Food is excellent.
Reminds me of neighborhood restaurant in New York Little Italy. LOVE IT.
Delicious food & great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!!
All of my guests’ selections were the usual fabulous. My salmon was way beyond “medium”, which I had requested, making me wish I had said RARE that definitely would have gotten the chef’s attention. (You can always cook it more!!!!) the server offered to have it done over but it would have arrived when everyone else was almost done so I refused. The right thing to do would have been to refund of a part of the $23 cost. It was clear I only ate about 1/4 from the middle-thickest area. Disappointed since this has been one of our favorites. Poor customer “consideration”.
Dolce Osteria è diventato il nostro posto preferito italiano a Charlotte. Il cibo è sempre ottimo, pasta fresca, servizio cordiale, buona lista di vini e ottimi dolci.
When Rita greets you as you come in, it's like having your mother greet you for Sunday dinner. The food is spectacular and when the waiter tells you to get Rita's special made desserts, just do it! The tiramisu is the best I've ever had, as was the limincello cheese cake which was delightfully light. Can't recommend this place highly enough!
Great time here!! Service fast and efficient. Food delicious with the fresh pasta. We will be back!!
We don't eat out that much but when we do and want Italian we always go to Dolce. It has never disappointed us.
This place is Great !!!
We tried to eat downtown, but more popular Italian restaurants were booked. Found this small place just a mile or so from downtown. Very quaint and the food was excellent. Exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommended!
This place is a hidden gem in Charlotte. The occasion was my wife's birthday, so I wanted to treat her to a special dining experience ... mission accomplished. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent, and the service was ... excellent as well. Rita was on the floor all night, giving this place the feel of a family dining experience... my wife can't wait to return ...
We enjoy going to this small Italian restaurant... reminds us of restaurants in Europe. They recently renovated their enclosed patio area...nicely done. Food is always superb and service is excellent. Jack & Ivy.
We loved it! The people working there are SO kind and sweet! And the food was outstanding! We loved the cheese ball appetizer, the gnocchi and the trout! We will definitely be back again !
Meal from starters to entrees was amazing. The mussels and bruschetta were perfect. Our server was warm and welcoming and made some excellent recommendations. He went the extra mile to ensure appropriate timing between courses and was extremely attentive. A great dining experience throughout.
Gluten free options available
Exceptional this time and every time. Tremendous food, wonderful staff, and Rita is awesome, like your own private Italian mama.
Overall we liked it! Ordered the vodka and chicken, she ordered the pesto tree pine nut one; that was amazing!! The meatballs were very good, not the bigger ones I’m used to, but still good. The Bruschetta was also very good! A bit expensive for what you get, but overall I would recommend to a friend. Super friendly staff.
Came to Charlotte for the weekend and found this place, the reviews weren’t lying! Everyone was perfect. Will be back!
This is the best restaurant I have ever been to in my life. Prices are good and food is even better. The staff is wonderful and we will definitely be back.
Best Italian restaurant in this area. We sat outside and enjoyed it greatly.
Upon entering the restaraunt it felt open, inviting and warm. The employees greeted us with smiles and invited us to out white, cloth covered table, preset for four. The place was nicely appointed, neat and clean. Once seated, our waiter welcomed us and took our drink order and presented our menues.
Upon bringing our drinks he asked for questions and we had quite a few. He answered them all, left us to decide and came back for our orders. The appetizers were great tasting and seasoned perfectly.
Our meals were extraordinarily delicious, portions were large and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food. We had desserts as well, and ,"WOW!" we all raved about their presentation, deliciousness and portions. This meal was as perfect as it gets. We all enjoyed everything at Dolce Ristorante.
We had a wonderful experience here for a last minute Friday night date night. We have driven by multiple times but never stopped. We made a reservation on open table last minute and we’re seated right upon our arrival even though we were early. Our waiter was wonderful, attentive, and helpful on menu selections. The restaurant is cute and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.
As always Dolce never disappoints. From the greeting at the door by Rita, it’s like coming home. Our service from Vincent is always top notch never missing a beat. Our food from antipasto to salad, pasta and entre of swordfish was amazing. Not too mention our Chianti Classico! This is a CLT gem! Mangia Bene!!!
Unfortunately they were out of Squid...so skipped Appy
Two Pasta dishes one with shrimp the other with lobster meat, were perfectly sauced. I found the "homemade" fettuccine served with lobster to be a bit too thick for homemade and believe as a result was heavy and a little gummy.
Lemoncello cake was light and tasty
Dolce was perfect for a date night out. The staff were kind, the food was fresh and delicious and we can't wait to go back.
Lovely family owned Italian restaurant. Small intimate space. Good presentation of mussels in white wine sauce, and excellent veal scalopini. Lemoncello cake was a great finish. Paired it all with a Super Tuscan.
Food was outstanding! Highly recommend it! Service was great and the owners are Italian and really know food.
Food and service are wonderful.
Wonderful experience! Like being a member of the family
Exceptional Italian food in a casual, friendly environment.
Wonderful meal, and great service! Will be back soon!
Always a great meal! Rita and her staff do an outstanding job every time!
Wonderful dining experience for two family birthdays! Every dish was unique and fresh and amazing. It felt like going to someone’s amazing kitchen in Italy!
Restaurant is very small and tight. While the chicken piccata was good and prepared properly, the pasta was just fair.
But more importantly, the pasta sauce did not have a depth of flavor that a good sauce should have. It tasted watered down.
The salad was dry and didn’t seem fresh.
Overall, I was disappointed because this being an Italian restaurant, the pasta dishes should be the best! Doubt we’ll be back anytime soon.
Food was fresh and good taste. Service was a bit slow. Friendly staff.
The food was incredibly fresh, delicious, and creative! The executive chef, Rita, even swung by our table and checked on our service and food. You MUST order the limoncello cake!! You won’t regret it!
Dolce Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Dolce Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 332-7525.
Dolce Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 985 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.