La Dolce Vita

★★★★☆
  • 361 Village Sq Ln

    Castle Rock, CO 80108

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  • 303-663-3421

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I love this place. Fun atmosphere and great service and food. Can't wait to go back.

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I love this place. Fun atmosphere and great service and food. Can't wait to go back.

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I have been going to La Dolce for 8 years. The food has not changed in quality nor has the staff. This shows you the quality of La Dolce Vita...... feels like a little restaurant in Italy when you walk in. The great staff as well as fair prices makes this restaurant the perfect choice for Italian dining.

Coming from a NY Yankees fan and knowing the owners are from Boston .....the fact that I still recommend the place speaks volumes! You will not be disappointed

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★★★★★

I have been going to La Dolce for 8 years. The food has not changed in quality nor has the staff. This shows you the quality of La Dolce Vita...... feels like a little restaurant in Italy when you walk in. The great staff as well as fair prices makes this restaurant the perfect choice for Italian dining.

Coming from a NY Yankees fan and knowing the owners are from Boston .....the fact that I still recommend the place speaks volumes! You will not be disappointed

Pros: Great Staff and Owner and Even Better Food!

Cons: They need a place to wait outside ie: Patios, chairs

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We just moved to the neighborhood and love La Dolce Vita. Our first visit was moving day and we were exhausted so we drove looking for the nearest restaurant. They were about to close but the waiter invited us in with great enthusiasm. Our food was very good and service excellent. We have since been back many times. We are very happy to have found this Italian restaurant.

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★★★★★

We just moved to the neighborhood and love La Dolce Vita. Our first visit was moving day and we were exhausted so we drove looking for the nearest restaurant. They were about to close but the waiter invited us in with great enthusiasm. Our food was very good and service excellent. We have since been back many times. We are very happy to have found this Italian restaurant.

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I heard that La Dolce Vita's owner has left, thus whomever is now cooking is not only not Italian but has no clue how traditional Italian food tastes. For example, do you put paprika in a bolognese sauce? Not an Italian sauce, that is for sure. I've only ever heard about La Dolce's food being good from people that have eaten meat dishes, but as for traditional Italian food - you will not find this here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I heard that La Dolce Vita's owner has left, thus whomever is now cooking is not only not Italian but has no clue how traditional Italian food tastes. For example, do you put paprika in a bolognese sauce? Not an Italian sauce, that is for sure. I've only ever heard about La Dolce's food being good from people that have eaten meat dishes, but as for traditional Italian food - you will not find this here.

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When you walk through the doors, you are instantly wisked away to Italy. The food is absolutely incredible. The staff is fabulous. The live singers, amazing, you can request anything from rock, country, to opera, and all the entertainers that I have seen there, can do it all.

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★★★★★

When you walk through the doors, you are instantly wisked away to Italy. The food is absolutely incredible. The staff is fabulous. The live singers, amazing, you can request anything from rock, country, to opera, and all the entertainers that I have seen there, can do it all.

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La Dolce Vita is on of the best Italian restaurants we have visited, anywhere! The food is as authentic as if you were in Italy, as are the authentic accents of several of the employees! They have many specials to tempt you further, so it never becomes dull or routine. The decor and ambiance is so inviting. I cannot do it justice, so I'll say simply, it is elegant and inviting. With the voice of an angel, a beautiful young woman will sing as you dine, drink and enjoy a truly unique night out! Children are welcome always, but it's a great place for a date night. Call for reservations and enjoy a suburban restaurant that makes you feel like you are on vacation!

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★★★★★

La Dolce Vita is on of the best Italian restaurants we have visited, anywhere! The food is as authentic as if you were in Italy, as are the authentic accents of several of the employees! They have many specials to tempt you further, so it never becomes dull or routine. The decor and ambiance is so inviting. I cannot do it justice, so I'll say simply, it is elegant and inviting. With the voice of an angel, a beautiful young woman will sing as you dine, drink and enjoy a truly unique night out! Children are welcome always, but it's a great place for a date night. Call for reservations and enjoy a suburban restaurant that makes you feel like you are on vacation!

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We went to La Dolce Vita for dinner last week for our first visit. It was a wednesday night and we had no reservation and they were able to seat us promptly even though it was quite busy. We had a great experience overall. From the decor, food, service, wine and the singer; all of this combined together made this the real Sweet Life. We highly recomend this restaraunt to our friends for a romantic night out or a family dinner. There menu and atmosphere makes it enjoyable for everyone. Ciao

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We went to La Dolce Vita for dinner last week for our first visit. It was a wednesday night and we had no reservation and they were able to seat us promptly even though it was quite busy. We had a great experience overall. From the decor, food, service, wine and the singer; all of this combined together made this the real Sweet Life. We highly recomend this restaraunt to our friends for a romantic night out or a family dinner. There menu and atmosphere makes it enjoyable for everyone. Ciao

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You wouldn't know it from the curb, but this little Italian restaurant is one of those rare places that has it all - romantic ambience, excellent service, and great food. We had reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday night, and we were seated promptly in the back room which was decorated nicely and very cozy. Adding to the romantic atmosphere was Carol McNeil who serenaded everyone with her lovely voice. The service was fast and friendly, and the food was delicious. I ordered the Cannelloni, and my husband ordered the Veal Parmesan, and both were very good. We also loved the garlic bread, and we enjoyed the triple chocolate cake for dessert. We will definitely be going back to La Dolce Vita for another romantic evening.

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★★★★★

You wouldn't know it from the curb, but this little Italian restaurant is one of those rare places that has it all - romantic ambience, excellent service, and great food. We had reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday night, and we were seated promptly in the back room which was decorated nicely and very cozy. Adding to the romantic atmosphere was Carol McNeil who serenaded everyone with her lovely voice. The service was fast and friendly, and the food was delicious. I ordered the Cannelloni, and my husband ordered the Veal Parmesan, and both were very good. We also loved the garlic bread, and we enjoyed the triple chocolate cake for dessert. We will definitely be going back to La Dolce Vita for another romantic evening.

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My food experience at La Dolce Vita leaves me not wanting to ever return. I ordered the bolognese. If you are unaware of what traditional bolognese is, I will tell you what it is not. You do not put parika in a traditional bolognese. There are variations, yes, but then don't tout your bolognese in an Italian restaurant as being Italian. The bolognese was a combo of ground beef/veal, a few vegetables, a sprinkling of peas on the top which looked dreadful and had no place in the bolognese sauce and no wine in the sauce (I was told by the waiter that they don't add wine to their sauce because they serve kids and obviously kids can't have alcohol. He obviously doesn't realize that the alcohol gets cooked out.) I pushed all the sauce to the side and requested a simple marinara but knew that the pasta had already been coated with the sauce, thus there would be no fix, but I tried. The waiter then brought me a small cup of their tomato basil sauce instead of the marinara, I hope, as I couldn't imagine them passing off what they gave me as a marinara sauce. Dreadful, just dreadful. I cannot believe that restaurant has stayed in business with that kind of subpar "Italian" food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My food experience at La Dolce Vita leaves me not wanting to ever return. I ordered the bolognese. If you are unaware of what traditional bolognese is, I will tell you what it is not. You do not put parika in a traditional bolognese. There are variations, yes, but then don't tout your bolognese in an Italian restaurant as being Italian. The bolognese was a combo of ground beef/veal, a few vegetables, a sprinkling of peas on the top which looked dreadful and had no place in the bolognese sauce and no wine in the sauce (I was told by the waiter that they don't add wine to their sauce because they serve kids and obviously kids can't have alcohol. He obviously doesn't realize that the alcohol gets cooked out.) I pushed all the sauce to the side and requested a simple marinara but knew that the pasta had already been coated with the sauce, thus there would be no fix, but I tried. The waiter then brought me a small cup of their tomato basil sauce instead of the marinara, I hope, as I couldn't imagine them passing off what they gave me as a marinara sauce. Dreadful, just dreadful. I cannot believe that restaurant has stayed in business with that kind of subpar "Italian" food.

Pros: atmosphere is decent

Cons: food, horrible

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My family just moved here from the east coast and we LOVE this place. Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere! It is family owned and you must experience it to believe it. Friday and Saturday nights are packed so we go mostly on weeknights now. We are very glad we found this local gem.

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★★★★★

My family just moved here from the east coast and we LOVE this place. Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere! It is family owned and you must experience it to believe it. Friday and Saturday nights are packed so we go mostly on weeknights now. We are very glad we found this local gem.

Pros: Parking, friendly and knowlegable staff, wine list

Cons: none

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This family owned restaurant is good, and the staff are friendly and attentive. We have found the appetizers and specials are usually the best options on the menu.

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★★★☆☆

This family owned restaurant is good, and the staff are friendly and attentive. We have found the appetizers and specials are usually the best options on the menu.

Pros: Friendly staff, good food

Cons: Red sauce is a little weak for my taste.

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I came here last weekend for a family birthday. It was very crowded and a tight fit but Wow... I know why. The menu has something for everyone..pasta seafood veal and not just the standard presentations on these either. Our waitress was very attentive to us and the birthday boy. The calamari was crisp, the mixed grill plate was a delight, and the chiati was like silk. My husband passed a piece of his pork around the table (a table of 10) he was so impressed he had to share. The espreso was a perfect ending to the meal.

Could have done without the lady singing Sinatra. You may also spend up to 20 mintues trying to get parking and there is no valet option.

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★★★★☆

I came here last weekend for a family birthday. It was very crowded and a tight fit but Wow... I know why. The menu has something for everyone..pasta seafood veal and not just the standard presentations on these either. Our waitress was very attentive to us and the birthday boy. The calamari was crisp, the mixed grill plate was a delight, and the chiati was like silk. My husband passed a piece of his pork around the table (a table of 10) he was so impressed he had to share. The espreso was a perfect ending to the meal.

Could have done without the lady singing Sinatra. You may also spend up to 20 mintues trying to get parking and there is no valet option.

Pros: Great food, attentive waitstaff, excellent wine

Cons: crowded, tight spacing, poor parking

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The menu says that you'll be transported to a small village in Sicily, but I was transported to the old neighborhood I grew up in....Brooklyn New York. Not any one thing in particular, just the whole "feel" of the place. The owner introducing himself, being treated like an old friend by the servers, the lady singin' Sinatra, the food, the food, the food. And the wine, the wine, the wine. I couldn't have been any more surprised or delighted if Ed Koch had walked in. Bravo, La Dolce Vita, BRAVO!!

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★★★★★

The menu says that you'll be transported to a small village in Sicily, but I was transported to the old neighborhood I grew up in....Brooklyn New York. Not any one thing in particular, just the whole "feel" of the place. The owner introducing himself, being treated like an old friend by the servers, the lady singin' Sinatra, the food, the food, the food. And the wine, the wine, the wine. I couldn't have been any more surprised or delighted if Ed Koch had walked in. Bravo, La Dolce Vita, BRAVO!!

Pros: Great food, great service, great atmosphere

Cons: Gets a little backed up on weekends

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When you live in a fairly small place like Castle Rock, it is easy to forget that size alone does not make up culture and sophistication. Because Douglas County is so new and affluent, people from all over America (and the world) have moved here. It is pretty amazing what you can find here in a restaurant. You can even go to the Big Apple. Just travel to La Dolce Vita in Castle Pines North. (Exit 1286 of I-25) It is an authentic Italian New York-stylerestaurant like the great eateries found in the New York metro area. Damon Runyon became famous writing stories about this New York world with Guys and Dolls and other great tales.

To pull off making a Runyonesque place, you need great service, great food and it helps to have a gorgeous doll belting out "My kind of Town" as she serenades the whole joint. That's La Dolce Vita. Vita's owner, Sicilian born Ignazio Mulei, has had a number of restaurants over the years, both here and in the Big Apple. He has simply nailed it this time with La Dolce Vita.

Chef Ken Benton studied at the Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Piedmont Dist.,Italy before coming aboard at La Dolce Vita. He made us Veal Marsala and Piatto di Mare when we visited. For a streaming video of Chef Benton making his signature Veal Marsala and Piatto di Mare, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com. His formal training, including graduating from the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, definitely has paid off for him and for La Dolce Vita as well.

If you want to go to Frank Sinatra's New York and still be in our community, you should go to La Dolce Vita. You don't need a subway token, just your car.

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★★★★☆

When you live in a fairly small place like Castle Rock, it is easy to forget that size alone does not make up culture and sophistication. Because Douglas County is so new and affluent, people from all over America (and the world) have moved here. It is pretty amazing what you can find here in a restaurant. You can even go to the Big Apple. Just travel to La Dolce Vita in Castle Pines North. (Exit 1286 of I-25) It is an authentic Italian New York-stylerestaurant like the great eateries found in the New York metro area. Damon Runyon became famous writing stories about this New York world with Guys and Dolls and other great tales.

To pull off making a Runyonesque place, you need great service, great food and it helps to have a gorgeous doll belting out "My kind of Town" as she serenades the whole joint. That's La Dolce Vita. Vita's owner, Sicilian born Ignazio Mulei, has had a number of restaurants over the years, both here and in the Big Apple. He has simply nailed it this time with La Dolce Vita.

Chef Ken Benton studied at the Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Piedmont Dist.,Italy before coming aboard at La Dolce Vita. He made us Veal Marsala and Piatto di Mare when we visited. For a streaming video of Chef Benton making his signature Veal Marsala and Piatto di Mare, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com. His formal training, including graduating from the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, definitely has paid off for him and for La Dolce Vita as well.

If you want to go to Frank Sinatra's New York and still be in our community, you should go to La Dolce Vita. You don't need a subway token, just your car.

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Never have we been to a restaurant that so many of our friends and family want to return to again and again! Managers Ignazio and son Michael are synonymous with "family" and "friendly service". We are always treated like family and the food is wonderfully prepared. And Regan's 'by request' singing adds to the ambiance several nights a week.
Italian wedding soup is a favorite and comes with your meal, and everything I've tried from the Mediterranean trout to the linguini with pesto sauce has been great. I recommend reservations on weekends.

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★★★★★

Never have we been to a restaurant that so many of our friends and family want to return to again and again! Managers Ignazio and son Michael are synonymous with "family" and "friendly service". We are always treated like family and the food is wonderfully prepared. And Regan's 'by request' singing adds to the ambiance several nights a week.
Italian wedding soup is a favorite and comes with your meal, and everything I've tried from the Mediterranean trout to the linguini with pesto sauce has been great. I recommend reservations on weekends.

Pros: Food, Decor, Service

 

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