Villa Dolce

4.7
334 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(608) 833-0033
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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Neighborhood
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Special events & promotions
Monday Night Special - 10% off all Pizza Wednesday is Date Night - 1/2 price bottles of wine.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 334 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gelato Was great!! Especially the salted caramel. Wait staff was very good and attentive. We can in late and we never felt rushed at all. Butternut ravioli was top notch.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

None only the best restaurant in Middleton I believe the best restaurant in all of Madison! Fantastic atmosphere wonderful and friendly staff and the food is outstanding healthy fresh and presented in a beautiful manner. Plus one of the greatest dessert experiences in the world is the gelato experience for afterwards!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress forgot our appetizer so she gave it to us on the house. Food came out pretty fast.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Biannual Madison trip- always make a point to have dinner there. Terrific food, reasonable prices. Heat was a bit high but no complaints

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FV
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Staff: helpful, attentive and friendly. Food: delicious. Drinks: wine bottles half price on Wednesdays.

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EL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local cafe with terrific delicious meals, and wonderful family run spot.

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A
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Villa Dolce is a nice little restaurant in the center of Middleton. Good food, nice ambiance and quiet. In short: all that you need! And excellent gelati of course!

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LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meals —they were very accommodating and the food was excellent!!

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D
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food!

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J
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and so accommodating for some food allergies that we had! We also stayed till close, but all the staff was so patient, which we really appreciated. A great evening and we will definitely be back soon!

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w
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our new neighborhood go-to for good Italian. We started with their signature salad—it had several great vegetable ingredients and was plenty for the two of us. Our entrees were butternut tortelaci and pasta farfalle w vegetables. Both dishes were wonderful and had leftovers to take home. If they could lower the noise level, the experience would be ideal.

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KB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites ever since it opened & it continues to provide wonderful food & service. It never disappoints!

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local restaurant! Unique eclectic atmosphere, great food, their handcrafted pizzas are fantastic. Our go-to spot when the mood strikes for a dinner out.

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LW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I would describe this little restaurant as a good thing in a small package. We have found the food and atmosphere to be reminiscent of a petite European Cafe’. Will return again and again....

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1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Nothing exceptional - small portions, bland, rushed wait staff, not one of Madison's better offerings.

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MT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Villa Doce several times and do highly recommend it. Their pizza is awesome! There were 5 of us at the table most recently and everyone loved it. I will most likely be back next time I am in the area.

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TC
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made a last minute decision to dine out. Got a table. We’re quickly seated. The room is small and there were two birthday parties in progressin our room. The noise level was high. Our server was attentive. Food was delivered in a timely manner. We both had the special and it was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with our first trip to Villa Dolce! The Portobello and Asparagus pizza is fantastic, as were our desserts

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Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Seated next to a a/c vent which could not be closed, so we were quickly seated at another table (very cold air blowing). Our waitress appeared quickly and we indicated that we needed a few minutes to look at the drink menu. Then we didn't see her again. The manager noticed this and we had our order taken soon after. The food was somewhat mediocre. The ahi tuna pasta didn't have much flavor. The pizza was better, but was not cooked as requested (more on the done side). This second visit wasn't as good as our first, so maybe it was an off night. Likely will not return.

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JK
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a favorite. Quaint and comfortable. Outstanding Italian...from paninis to fresh pastas, salads and pizzas. Service,also consistently above average. And gelato, if you have room!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal with excellent service from our servers. The only irritating part was when they wouldn’t seat us while several members of our party where trying to find parking. All my wife wanted to do was sit down and order a glass of wine while the rest of party arrived...

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a
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the pizza was the best. The wild mushroom ravioli is an excellent choice for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

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M
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went on a Saturday night - very busy, service was slower than usual we 4 of us) were seated at a banquette which had 2 of us lower than the other 2. Also in the same room there is a very long setup of tables to accommodate large groups, which tend to be noisy. Next time we will avoid Saturdays, and ask to be seated in the other room, which has tables with straight back chairs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at this fine establishment. The food is always great and it is fun to eat in a home setting. The mushroom ravioli is out of this world every single time.

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KB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a great experience. Only issue was that I made a reservation in OpenTable a few hours beforehand, and it hadn't synced with their system so my reservation was not found. They still ended up being able to seat us though, so no problem.

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CT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch salad called "Waldorf" was prepared with all the typical ingredients, but missing the apples. It was obviously a mistake in the kitchen as apples were included in the description of the salad. To compensate, the owner "gifted" a dessert for our table. However, the kitchen should pay better attention to the menu descriptions of the entrees.

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CS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasurable experience. Great food, exceptional service, unique ambiance. Always a favorite.

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JF
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Villa Dolce. We would go more often if we lived closer.

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TD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful pizzas and very classy, capable staff. Sure feel at home there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Double date with good friends. Villa Dolce is a favorite of ours! Perfect atmosphere and delightful menu. The special entree was outstanding and, of course, finished it off with flourless chocolate cake and coconut gelato. Villa Dolce is a treasure!

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first time there. Food was excellent. We were seated promptly. Good value casual and local.

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SH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Friendly staff. Nice outside space. Great food. All around wonderful evening each and every time

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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l
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, we ordered the grilled seafood platter and was disappointed in how little seafood it contained. Other than that, the lamb sliders were amazing and so was the mac and cheese. Would definitely come back but will try a pizza instead.

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FV
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villa Dolce never disappoints. The food is always tasty and fresh, the staff is friendly and helpful, anemone it’s a good value.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue with the best pizza I've had in a long time! We'll be back!

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H
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Pizza was cold and unremarkable. The place is nice. Seating is tight. Somehow they didn't get our reservation. For what we ate, it was expensive.

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AL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lot of fun at Villa Dolce! When we walked in they were obviously busy and the staff seemed stressed, but we got seated quickly, our waitress was kind and fast so truly we had a great dining experience! Would totally come back again!

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c
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizza and attentive professional service.

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