Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

★★★☆☆
  • 500 Westheimer Rd

    Houston, TX 77006

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  • 713-520-8222

About Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

Hours
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Fri. 5pm - 10:30pm;Sat. - Sun. 12am - 10:30pm

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DO NOT VALET!!! These workers are crooks!! The stole my wedding ring from my car within 5 minutes of parking my car!! Restaurant general manager Nathan DID NOT CARE!! The restaurant does not care about their customers and the valet workers

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★★★★★

DO NOT VALET!!! These workers are crooks!! The stole my wedding ring from my car within 5 minutes of parking my car!! Restaurant general manager Nathan DID NOT CARE!! The restaurant does not care about their customers and the valet workers

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Delicious napoletana pizza in town. Love their fresh mozzarela di buffala and the tartufo for dessert. But I miss a good warming service.

3
★★★★★

Delicious napoletana pizza in town. Love their fresh mozzarela di buffala and the tartufo for dessert. But I miss a good warming service.

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I love their pastas, salads and the pizza with truffle oil. The food is exceptional but on my last visit I was not happy with the large bug in the parmasan. It was still alive and in the center of the bottle so I know it did not just fly

3
★★★★★

I love their pastas, salads and the pizza with truffle oil. The food is exceptional but on my last visit I was not happy with the large bug in the parmasan. It was still alive and in the center of the bottle so I know it did not just fly

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The Pizza to me is the most authentic and best in town. I even don't mind the increased prices as I an not comparing this to a regular pizza restaurant.

I have eaten here about 10 times since they've opened. The service for me has ben

3
★★★★★

The Pizza to me is the most authentic and best in town. I even don't mind the increased prices as I an not comparing this to a regular pizza restaurant.

I have eaten here about 10 times since they've opened. The service for me has ben

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When I moved to Houston I was terrified by the Italian food that was offered in the restaurants. I have been to Italy many times and ate Italian food in other European coutries and was always satisfied with the taste. \r
Until I came to

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★★★★★

When I moved to Houston I was terrified by the Italian food that was offered in the restaurants. I have been to Italy many times and ate Italian food in other European coutries and was always satisfied with the taste. \r
Until I came to

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I agree with DC Allen that this place offers an innovative menu selection for Houston. I wish other restaurants would venture out and get a little more creative and/or authentic with their offerings. The thin crust pizzas with interesting toppings are an exception to the usual thick crust versions with extra cheese. The salads are fresh and the greens (e.g., escarole) taste bitter as they should. The pasta is actually cooked al dente, also hard to find in Houston, and the sauce tastes fresh. I love the selection of vegetable and seafood small plates although I haven't gotten around to trying too many of them. The patio is enjoyable if it isn't too hot and the bar area is cozy. The manager approached our table once or twice and asked about everything which we also appreciated.

2
★★★★☆

I agree with DC Allen that this place offers an innovative menu selection for Houston. I wish other restaurants would venture out and get a little more creative and/or authentic with their offerings. The thin crust pizzas with interesting toppings are an exception to the usual thick crust versions with extra cheese. The salads are fresh and the greens (e.g., escarole) taste bitter as they should. The pasta is actually cooked al dente, also hard to find in Houston, and the sauce tastes fresh. I love the selection of vegetable and seafood small plates although I haven't gotten around to trying too many of them. The patio is enjoyable if it isn't too hot and the bar area is cozy. The manager approached our table once or twice and asked about everything which we also appreciated.

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Same quality as Da Marco with more affordable price and friendly atmosphere.
Awesome Sangria!

2
★★★★☆

Same quality as Da Marco with more affordable price and friendly atmosphere.
Awesome Sangria!

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Limited Parking - Crowded

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I love this restaurant. We used to here at least twice a month, whether for the delicious thin crust pizza or the simple and delicious pastas. Occasionally we'd even share the deliciously simple hazelnut tartufa. Unfortunately, on our last visit, the valet managed to put an 18 inch scratch down both doors or my car that I didn't see until the following morning. These were not small scratches so they had to have known but (obviously) denied everything (quite aggresively!) when I called and visited the next day. I haven't been back but was thinking about it until my co-worker emailed this morning to inform me that the same thing had happened to them Saturday night. It might be harsh to blame the restaurant but they employ these people so are ultimately responsible for their actions.

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★★☆☆☆

I love this restaurant. We used to here at least twice a month, whether for the delicious thin crust pizza or the simple and delicious pastas. Occasionally we'd even share the deliciously simple hazelnut tartufa. Unfortunately, on our last visit, the valet managed to put an 18 inch scratch down both doors or my car that I didn't see until the following morning. These were not small scratches so they had to have known but (obviously) denied everything (quite aggresively!) when I called and visited the next day. I haven't been back but was thinking about it until my co-worker emailed this morning to inform me that the same thing had happened to them Saturday night. It might be harsh to blame the restaurant but they employ these people so are ultimately responsible for their actions.

Pros: Great pizza & great pastas at reasonable prices

Cons: After repairing your car, you could eat at Da Marco cheaper!

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In the spirit of Valentines day and amore, I want to say a few words about one of my favorite restaurants in town, Dolce Vita pizzeria. Even though I live in Sugar Land, I will drive to satisfy my regular cravings for Dolce Vitas unbelievably good thin crust calabrese pizza, a pizza so good that I usually get greedy and horde a whole pizza by myself. But its not just the pizza, its the spicy patatas bravas (potato in spicy tomato sauce), the beets with horseradish and waltnuts, the pizza bread piping hot from the oven that enhances the texture of the piping hot eggplant parmesan, everything accompanied, of course, by a tasty and refreshing glass of house made sangria. I love the Bostonian-New England feel of the narrow wooden steps leading upstairs to a dining area that seems as if it was transplated from the east coast. I love that diners are happy and boisterous and the general gathering is one of joyous eating pleasure. I love meeting friends here for a one-on-one meal, and recently took a friend of mine who came in town from Frankfurt, Germany, a vegetarian who, after a bite of the margerita pizza topped with fresh arugula, rolled her eyes in food ecstasy after the first bite, then proceeded to clear the entire plate only to sigh in self disgust at the end ugh, i feel like such a pig! No worries my dear, we can visit Dolce Vita and be piglets together, LOL

Yes, Dolce Vita, you have my love. Just keep doing what you do and crank out those tasty pizzas as I am ever yours, a true die-hard fan.!

2
★★★★★

In the spirit of Valentines day and amore, I want to say a few words about one of my favorite restaurants in town, Dolce Vita pizzeria. Even though I live in Sugar Land, I will drive to satisfy my regular cravings for Dolce Vitas unbelievably good thin crust calabrese pizza, a pizza so good that I usually get greedy and horde a whole pizza by myself. But its not just the pizza, its the spicy patatas bravas (potato in spicy tomato sauce), the beets with horseradish and waltnuts, the pizza bread piping hot from the oven that enhances the texture of the piping hot eggplant parmesan, everything accompanied, of course, by a tasty and refreshing glass of house made sangria. I love the Bostonian-New England feel of the narrow wooden steps leading upstairs to a dining area that seems as if it was transplated from the east coast. I love that diners are happy and boisterous and the general gathering is one of joyous eating pleasure. I love meeting friends here for a one-on-one meal, and recently took a friend of mine who came in town from Frankfurt, Germany, a vegetarian who, after a bite of the margerita pizza topped with fresh arugula, rolled her eyes in food ecstasy after the first bite, then proceeded to clear the entire plate only to sigh in self disgust at the end ugh, i feel like such a pig! No worries my dear, we can visit Dolce Vita and be piglets together, LOL

Yes, Dolce Vita, you have my love. Just keep doing what you do and crank out those tasty pizzas as I am ever yours, a true die-hard fan.!

Pros: Excellent thin crust pizza, upbeat New England ambience

Cons: Always busy so theres usually a wait, valet parking

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We walked in to Dolce Vita this past Saturday night hoping to have a nice meal before going out. When we arrived around 7, we were told that our wait would be 30-45 minutes. So we proceeded to wait near the hostesses and saw more and more people entering and the quoted wait time going up to about 1 1/2 hours. Well after about 30 minutes we noticed a party of four approach the hostess and ask to be placed on the list. After another 15 minutes, one guy that was part of the party of four, walked over with his drink and started talking to the hostesses. The guy asked, "how much would it cost to be the next table seated?" The hostess responded, "one hundred bucks." He responded, "how about 15?" The hostess agreed. She then turned to other hostesses and told them that they could split the money. The other hostesses giggled and appeared to be okay with taking THE BRIBE. The guy then went back to his party of four and bragged about bribing the hostesses. Within five minutes, the party of four happily walked to their table upstairs.

SO THE LESSON FOR DOLCE VITA IS DON'T WORRY ABOUT WAITING IN THE LONG LINES THAT ARE COMMON FOR THE RESTAURANT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING, JUST BRIBE THE HOSTESSES AND YOU WILL GET THE NEXT TABLE.

OR IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BRIBE THE HOSTESSES, BEWARE THEY ACCEPT BRIBES SO PLEASE PAY ATTENTION.

NEXT TIME WE WILL LET THE MANAGER ON STAFF KNOW THIS HAPPENED, SO BEWARE LITTLE LADIES.

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★☆☆☆☆

We walked in to Dolce Vita this past Saturday night hoping to have a nice meal before going out. When we arrived around 7, we were told that our wait would be 30-45 minutes. So we proceeded to wait near the hostesses and saw more and more people entering and the quoted wait time going up to about 1 1/2 hours. Well after about 30 minutes we noticed a party of four approach the hostess and ask to be placed on the list. After another 15 minutes, one guy that was part of the party of four, walked over with his drink and started talking to the hostesses. The guy asked, "how much would it cost to be the next table seated?" The hostess responded, "one hundred bucks." He responded, "how about 15?" The hostess agreed. She then turned to other hostesses and told them that they could split the money. The other hostesses giggled and appeared to be okay with taking THE BRIBE. The guy then went back to his party of four and bragged about bribing the hostesses. Within five minutes, the party of four happily walked to their table upstairs.

SO THE LESSON FOR DOLCE VITA IS DON'T WORRY ABOUT WAITING IN THE LONG LINES THAT ARE COMMON FOR THE RESTAURANT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING, JUST BRIBE THE HOSTESSES AND YOU WILL GET THE NEXT TABLE.

OR IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BRIBE THE HOSTESSES, BEWARE THEY ACCEPT BRIBES SO PLEASE PAY ATTENTION.

NEXT TIME WE WILL LET THE MANAGER ON STAFF KNOW THIS HAPPENED, SO BEWARE LITTLE LADIES.

Pros: Great Pizza

Cons: Long Waits - But hey bribing works!

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I've visited Dolce Vita twice now, once with my husband and parents and again with a group of 25 women. Each time the service and food were superb. If you've been to DaMarco's you won't be disappointed with this sister restaurant. I've had the cheese and meat board, the brussel sprouts, and a couple of different salads that were all of the highest quality. The pizzas feature interesting flavors by Houston standards, and each I have sampled were wonderful with crispy (not soggy) crusts. Dinner companions have thoroughly enjoined the nightly specials as well.

Bottom line: if you are looking for American style pizza go to Romano's on West Gray, but DV has the best thin crust Neopolitan style pizzas in Houston.

By the way to the previous reviewer, it is not illegal to record a phone conversation so long as one party consents, in your situation, that was the manager.

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★★★★★

I've visited Dolce Vita twice now, once with my husband and parents and again with a group of 25 women. Each time the service and food were superb. If you've been to DaMarco's you won't be disappointed with this sister restaurant. I've had the cheese and meat board, the brussel sprouts, and a couple of different salads that were all of the highest quality. The pizzas feature interesting flavors by Houston standards, and each I have sampled were wonderful with crispy (not soggy) crusts. Dinner companions have thoroughly enjoined the nightly specials as well.

Bottom line: if you are looking for American style pizza go to Romano's on West Gray, but DV has the best thin crust Neopolitan style pizzas in Houston.

By the way to the previous reviewer, it is not illegal to record a phone conversation so long as one party consents, in your situation, that was the manager.

Pros: Very inventive menu for Houston

Cons: Loud in the upstairs dining room; overwhelming truffle smell

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The manager was very friendly suggesting cavas and cool drinks on a hot day. Very good customer service. The pizza was good... it was the prosciutto, basil, almonds and tomatoes pizza. Crust is thin and crispy and generous servings of prosciutto. Ordered a olive oil, garlic and calamari spaghetti (made to order) ... good try but a bit watery....
I'd still go back for the pizza and try the other pastas...
That campari and cava on a hot day is good and so was the bloodorange vodka drink was even better.

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★★★☆☆

The manager was very friendly suggesting cavas and cool drinks on a hot day. Very good customer service. The pizza was good... it was the prosciutto, basil, almonds and tomatoes pizza. Crust is thin and crispy and generous servings of prosciutto. Ordered a olive oil, garlic and calamari spaghetti (made to order) ... good try but a bit watery....
I'd still go back for the pizza and try the other pastas...
That campari and cava on a hot day is good and so was the bloodorange vodka drink was even better.

Pros: Friendly manager

Cons: made to order spaghetti so so

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Several weeks in advance, my friend made dinner reservations for 12 at Dolce Vita Pizzeria to celebrate my birthday. The day of the reservation I called to speak to the manager, as I wanted to arrange for something special for my friends and I to share; an antipasti plate and/or desserts, and wanted to arrange to pay for that separate from the rest of the bill, as a treat for my friends. Well, first the "manager", Patricia, couldn't get passed the fact that I was asking to pay for something separate. She kept insisting that they don't split checks/no separate checks, no way. Nothing I could say could make her understand that I was not really asking to split the check, and she became more rude by the minute, talking about their "regulations" and if I didn't like it, too bad. Then she referred to the reservation book and after insisting that we never had a reservation to begin with (she later found it, misspelled) she claimed she wasn't going to be able to hold the table as we hadn't reserved it with a credit card (the friend who made the original reservation was asked for a cc, but told she didn't need to leave it as long as she called in advance to confirm). For trying to bring 12 people to dinner at her restaurant and trying to arrange something extra special on top of that, all I received was major attitude and argument from the so-called manager. When I told her that I thought Marco Viles would be extremely disappointment in how this conversation had gone, she actually had the gall to tell me that the phone call was being recorded (illegal last time I checked). Well, good, I said, since he should then have clear evidence of the disgusting treatment she is giving people while he is supposedly "out of town" (I asked to speak to him). I would have been happy to give my credit card if she had broached the topic in an acceptable manner and I would have gladly reexplain what my intentions were (there may have been a language barrier?), but at that point I gave up promptly canceled all plans there and fortunately, was able to get us into Benjy's in the Village at the last minute and still have a great celebration. I even arranged for appetizer pizzas...in honor of my never, ever going to Dolce Vita. There are way too many great restaurants in Houston to ever bother giving them any business. Shameful!

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★☆☆☆☆

Several weeks in advance, my friend made dinner reservations for 12 at Dolce Vita Pizzeria to celebrate my birthday. The day of the reservation I called to speak to the manager, as I wanted to arrange for something special for my friends and I to share; an antipasti plate and/or desserts, and wanted to arrange to pay for that separate from the rest of the bill, as a treat for my friends. Well, first the "manager", Patricia, couldn't get passed the fact that I was asking to pay for something separate. She kept insisting that they don't split checks/no separate checks, no way. Nothing I could say could make her understand that I was not really asking to split the check, and she became more rude by the minute, talking about their "regulations" and if I didn't like it, too bad. Then she referred to the reservation book and after insisting that we never had a reservation to begin with (she later found it, misspelled) she claimed she wasn't going to be able to hold the table as we hadn't reserved it with a credit card (the friend who made the original reservation was asked for a cc, but told she didn't need to leave it as long as she called in advance to confirm). For trying to bring 12 people to dinner at her restaurant and trying to arrange something extra special on top of that, all I received was major attitude and argument from the so-called manager. When I told her that I thought Marco Viles would be extremely disappointment in how this conversation had gone, she actually had the gall to tell me that the phone call was being recorded (illegal last time I checked). Well, good, I said, since he should then have clear evidence of the disgusting treatment she is giving people while he is supposedly "out of town" (I asked to speak to him). I would have been happy to give my credit card if she had broached the topic in an acceptable manner and I would have gladly reexplain what my intentions were (there may have been a language barrier?), but at that point I gave up promptly canceled all plans there and fortunately, was able to get us into Benjy's in the Village at the last minute and still have a great celebration. I even arranged for appetizer pizzas...in honor of my never, ever going to Dolce Vita. There are way too many great restaurants in Houston to ever bother giving them any business. Shameful!

Pros: We'll never know!

Cons: Horrible management

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bad service
expensive
regular quality
never going back
they seem they're doing you a favor
bad,bad,bad

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★☆☆☆☆

bad service
expensive
regular quality
never going back
they seem they're doing you a favor
bad,bad,bad

Pros: we will have to find one

Cons: everything

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I visited this place with 2 girlfriends and we were completely disappointed with the service. My friend ordered some parmesan cheese for her pizza and they brought her a little plate with about a spoon of shredded cheese, when we got the bill we noticed that they had charged us 6 dollars for it.

The waiter kept clearing the table and making it obvious that he wanted to sit somebody else, he picked up our pizza trays without even asking if we wanted to take our leftover pizza (there were several slices in the tray).

We did not enjoy our dining experience and I don't believe we will be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited this place with 2 girlfriends and we were completely disappointed with the service. My friend ordered some parmesan cheese for her pizza and they brought her a little plate with about a spoon of shredded cheese, when we got the bill we noticed that they had charged us 6 dollars for it.

The waiter kept clearing the table and making it obvious that he wanted to sit somebody else, he picked up our pizza trays without even asking if we wanted to take our leftover pizza (there were several slices in the tray).

We did not enjoy our dining experience and I don't believe we will be going back.

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My fiance and I tried Dolce Vita out this past weekend. The gourmet pizzas were amazing- the best thin crust pizzas I've ever tried. We also ordered an appetizer and dessert recommended by our waiter and they were also very delicious. The waiter was very energetic and very attentive. I liked the music- it was a mix of popular top 40 hits. I didn't get a chance to try the mixed drink, but had a pinot grigio by the glass which was great. I didn't like the fact that it was valet only, but the property is pretty small. Overall- great experience and we'll be going back.

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★★★★★

My fiance and I tried Dolce Vita out this past weekend. The gourmet pizzas were amazing- the best thin crust pizzas I've ever tried. We also ordered an appetizer and dessert recommended by our waiter and they were also very delicious. The waiter was very energetic and very attentive. I liked the music- it was a mix of popular top 40 hits. I didn't get a chance to try the mixed drink, but had a pinot grigio by the glass which was great. I didn't like the fact that it was valet only, but the property is pretty small. Overall- great experience and we'll be going back.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Valet Parking Only

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We shared a poor excuse for a pizza here last night. Dry, stale crust with a minute splash of tomato sauce, non-existent cheese and a few springs of arugula. Our over attentive waiter gave us no time to look at the menu. Thank goodness we only ordered the one pizza. We ate it (not the burnt edges) only because we were so hungry. Three waiters appeared as soon as we finished, clearing and wiping down the table as we sat. Very annoying. And the music and the traffic noise was horrendous. We would never consider ever going there again. I have spent time in Italy and this type of pizza is nothing what you would ever have there!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We shared a poor excuse for a pizza here last night. Dry, stale crust with a minute splash of tomato sauce, non-existent cheese and a few springs of arugula. Our over attentive waiter gave us no time to look at the menu. Thank goodness we only ordered the one pizza. We ate it (not the burnt edges) only because we were so hungry. Three waiters appeared as soon as we finished, clearing and wiping down the table as we sat. Very annoying. And the music and the traffic noise was horrendous. We would never consider ever going there again. I have spent time in Italy and this type of pizza is nothing what you would ever have there!!!

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I had heard alot about Dolce Vita so i with a girlfriend decided to check it out. We went on a Wednesday because we heard how amazingly busy it gets on the weekend. What a great choice!! We decided to sit at the bar after looking at the menu hoping the bartender could help with our selections. After explaining to the bartender that we had never been in before she guided us through the entire menu and every selection she made for us was amazing. Starting with the basil and lemon martinis to the amazing truffle egg toast. She helped us choose wine for each course and we left feeling full, happy and educated on the all italian wine list. it was refreshing to go to a new place and have someone guide you through the experience without making you feel like you were an idiot for not knowing everything there is to know about italian food and wine. can't wait to go back and take my friends to show off my new food and wine knowledge!! Best dining experience we have had in a long time!!

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★★★★★

I had heard alot about Dolce Vita so i with a girlfriend decided to check it out. We went on a Wednesday because we heard how amazingly busy it gets on the weekend. What a great choice!! We decided to sit at the bar after looking at the menu hoping the bartender could help with our selections. After explaining to the bartender that we had never been in before she guided us through the entire menu and every selection she made for us was amazing. Starting with the basil and lemon martinis to the amazing truffle egg toast. She helped us choose wine for each course and we left feeling full, happy and educated on the all italian wine list. it was refreshing to go to a new place and have someone guide you through the experience without making you feel like you were an idiot for not knowing everything there is to know about italian food and wine. can't wait to go back and take my friends to show off my new food and wine knowledge!! Best dining experience we have had in a long time!!

Pros: new and interesting items

Cons: can be kind of noisy

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I will gladly concede that Dolce Vita has great food. Their pizzas are crisp and inventive. I also really like their Gnocchi with Bolognese sauce. However, I cannot bear the thought of going back. Each time I have been there (at least 4 times) we've had sloppy/forgetful service which got extremely aggravating after a whiile. It is also extremely noisy what with people's screaming kids and the bus boys constantly slinging dirty diishes into a tub on the front porch right next to diners.

As other reviewers have noted, they have a tiny parking lot which is lorded over by the valet parkers and you have to park with them in order to park there. I guess it doesn't matter that we are coming there to potentially spend $50 a head for food and drink.

Last of all, someone needs to tell the owners that burgundy walls with a large oil painting of a bald old man is simply not something one wants to look at while eating.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will gladly concede that Dolce Vita has great food. Their pizzas are crisp and inventive. I also really like their Gnocchi with Bolognese sauce. However, I cannot bear the thought of going back. Each time I have been there (at least 4 times) we've had sloppy/forgetful service which got extremely aggravating after a whiile. It is also extremely noisy what with people's screaming kids and the bus boys constantly slinging dirty diishes into a tub on the front porch right next to diners.

As other reviewers have noted, they have a tiny parking lot which is lorded over by the valet parkers and you have to park with them in order to park there. I guess it doesn't matter that we are coming there to potentially spend $50 a head for food and drink.

Last of all, someone needs to tell the owners that burgundy walls with a large oil painting of a bald old man is simply not something one wants to look at while eating.

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Dolce Vita was fenomenal great host staff, great servers, and especialy great wine menu who ever does their wine menu does a great job...the food here is delicious its nothing like star pizza, dolce has reazonable portions i mean if u want a huge pizza with a galon of grease on i sugest you go to piza hut, the appetizers are supeb, the hostess that greeted us was great Adriana was her name i think, she quoted us 30 minutes and thats what we waited she was great she took our wine up and also our appetizers, our server was great and very funny too he greeted us right after we got sat by adriana, he was verry attentive in the good way, we spent about 120 buks with a bottle of wine and our 2 pizzas, 4 appetizers, 2 salads, and 2 desert.....GREAT JOB YOU GUYS!...i will so go back

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★★★★★

Dolce Vita was fenomenal great host staff, great servers, and especialy great wine menu who ever does their wine menu does a great job...the food here is delicious its nothing like star pizza, dolce has reazonable portions i mean if u want a huge pizza with a galon of grease on i sugest you go to piza hut, the appetizers are supeb, the hostess that greeted us was great Adriana was her name i think, she quoted us 30 minutes and thats what we waited she was great she took our wine up and also our appetizers, our server was great and very funny too he greeted us right after we got sat by adriana, he was verry attentive in the good way, we spent about 120 buks with a bottle of wine and our 2 pizzas, 4 appetizers, 2 salads, and 2 desert.....GREAT JOB YOU GUYS!...i will so go back

Pros: great service from the valet to the hostess, to the server

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THE FOOD IS GOOD, VERY GOOD, BUT NOT WORTH THE ABSOLUTELY RUDE NON-CARING STAFF. EVERYBODY THERE FROM THE HOSTESS TO WAITER, TO MANAGER, TO BUSBOYS WERE HORRID. NOBODY SEEMED TO CARE, SERVICE WAS HORRENDOUSLY SLOW ALTHOUGH THE RESTAURANT WAS ABOUT HALF FULL. THE ONLY (AND I CAN'T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) NICE PERSON AT THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT WAS THE SHERRIF'S DEPUTY WHO WORKED SECURITY. I MEAN EVEN THE VALET DRIVER WAS RUDE. NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH A POOR STAFF AND WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE IT THERE AGAIN!

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★☆☆☆☆

THE FOOD IS GOOD, VERY GOOD, BUT NOT WORTH THE ABSOLUTELY RUDE NON-CARING STAFF. EVERYBODY THERE FROM THE HOSTESS TO WAITER, TO MANAGER, TO BUSBOYS WERE HORRID. NOBODY SEEMED TO CARE, SERVICE WAS HORRENDOUSLY SLOW ALTHOUGH THE RESTAURANT WAS ABOUT HALF FULL. THE ONLY (AND I CAN'T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) NICE PERSON AT THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT WAS THE SHERRIF'S DEPUTY WHO WORKED SECURITY. I MEAN EVEN THE VALET DRIVER WAS RUDE. NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH A POOR STAFF AND WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE IT THERE AGAIN!

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I've always loved Dolce Vita's pizza because it is truly old world. The rest of their menu is real italian, as in European, not New York.

However, their prices have jumped. If you look at their menu online, a margarita pizza is $11 on their website. I ordered take out and they charged me $15! WTF? Two people explained to me that 1) the prices have increased 2) they hadn't updated the website and 3) the website said the prices are subject to change. The pizza was okay, but not worth $15 by any stretch of the imagination.

I checked their website and there was no mention of "prices subject to change". I called their manager and pointed this out. He offered me a pizza next time around at the "discounted" price (the price online, which was the regular price before they upped it by 45%).

Will I go back? Eventually. But Romano's is cheaper, friendlier, more dependable, and just as delicious in a New York way. Why pay the premium, especially in this economy?

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★☆☆☆☆

I've always loved Dolce Vita's pizza because it is truly old world. The rest of their menu is real italian, as in European, not New York.

However, their prices have jumped. If you look at their menu online, a margarita pizza is $11 on their website. I ordered take out and they charged me $15! WTF? Two people explained to me that 1) the prices have increased 2) they hadn't updated the website and 3) the website said the prices are subject to change. The pizza was okay, but not worth $15 by any stretch of the imagination.

I checked their website and there was no mention of "prices subject to change". I called their manager and pointed this out. He offered me a pizza next time around at the "discounted" price (the price online, which was the regular price before they upped it by 45%).

Will I go back? Eventually. But Romano's is cheaper, friendlier, more dependable, and just as delicious in a New York way. Why pay the premium, especially in this economy?

Pros: tasty

Cons: overpriced

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Expected good to great food. Got it.
Expected poor service. Service was great thanks to our waiter Jason! He was very attentive.
This was our first visit. We'll be back

2
★★★★☆

Expected good to great food. Got it.
Expected poor service. Service was great thanks to our waiter Jason! He was very attentive.
This was our first visit. We'll be back

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For great Italian pizza this is the place. Great service and wine. I recommed the Tellagio pie with the beats for an appetizer. I am not big on beats but love this appetizer. For wine I would go with the Cerema white label which is a Nebbiolo red which is hard to find and they have a great price. Not everyone has a taste for food like this which I think is why there is some bad reviews. If you love Pizza Hut this place is not for you.

2
★★★★★

For great Italian pizza this is the place. Great service and wine. I recommed the Tellagio pie with the beats for an appetizer. I am not big on beats but love this appetizer. For wine I would go with the Cerema white label which is a Nebbiolo red which is hard to find and they have a great price. Not everyone has a taste for food like this which I think is why there is some bad reviews. If you love Pizza Hut this place is not for you.

Pros: Pizza, Service, Wine, Location

Cons: tight tables at some parts

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I have been to Dolce Vita several times, each time hoping it'd be good. About the only decent thing I've had thus far is a pizza and some of the pasta. There is so much potential here too bad it doesn't usually click. What's up with Houston way-overcharging for mediocre food? $4 for the two-bite serving of an "ok" cauliflower antipasto. $14 for a tasteless rapini pasta special. (Of which the manager said: well maybe you're just not used to the taste of our food. She tried to make me and my friend feel like we were the only ones who ever complained about the food. Maybe so--others just don't say anything but never return. I know of plenty.) $18 for an appetizer-sized portion of pork tenderloin and polenta that Dolce Vita is serving as an entree. Yes, Montrose real estate is expensive but that's no excuse to overcharge for this food. Yes, the portion sizes in Houston restaurants are way out of control but why not serve less AND charge less? What a concept! Go down the street to Empire Cafe or Pronto for good pasta at much better prices with similar ambience. Or better yet Carrabba's on Kirby, where the pasta is exceptional and priced right AND the service is excellent. Just got back from living in Italy, where my family is from. This food is similar only in the way that there are many mediocre places that overcharge. Mr. Wiles: do what you do for Da Marco for this place. It needs help. It PAINS me to write such a bad review of a place I want to love so much, but I'm OVER paying $40/person for food and wine that I can get much cheaper and better down the street. I'll return after the new year to see if it's gotten any better...

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Dolce Vita several times, each time hoping it'd be good. About the only decent thing I've had thus far is a pizza and some of the pasta. There is so much potential here too bad it doesn't usually click. What's up with Houston way-overcharging for mediocre food? $4 for the two-bite serving of an "ok" cauliflower antipasto. $14 for a tasteless rapini pasta special. (Of which the manager said: well maybe you're just not used to the taste of our food. She tried to make me and my friend feel like we were the only ones who ever complained about the food. Maybe so--others just don't say anything but never return. I know of plenty.) $18 for an appetizer-sized portion of pork tenderloin and polenta that Dolce Vita is serving as an entree. Yes, Montrose real estate is expensive but that's no excuse to overcharge for this food. Yes, the portion sizes in Houston restaurants are way out of control but why not serve less AND charge less? What a concept! Go down the street to Empire Cafe or Pronto for good pasta at much better prices with similar ambience. Or better yet Carrabba's on Kirby, where the pasta is exceptional and priced right AND the service is excellent. Just got back from living in Italy, where my family is from. This food is similar only in the way that there are many mediocre places that overcharge. Mr. Wiles: do what you do for Da Marco for this place. It needs help. It PAINS me to write such a bad review of a place I want to love so much, but I'm OVER paying $40/person for food and wine that I can get much cheaper and better down the street. I'll return after the new year to see if it's gotten any better...

Pros: Centrally located, cool setup and space, pizza, some of the pasta

Cons: Food, Service (spotty) , Ambience, Attitude, Price

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The food here is just fine. Their menu has lots of obscure Italian words with no translation, but the food is not like the food in Italy. If you're trying to seem Italian, I'd prefer a better pizza rather than an untranslated menu. The flavors are generally pleasant. The service has been very disappointing lately. There's some sort of eggplant side that I couldn't eat because it was terrible. They charged me for it anyway. And so on and so forth. The Houston pizza scene is pretty terrible, so this may be worth a try. But there's much better pizza in Dallas, for instance, and it may even be worth the drive.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food here is just fine. Their menu has lots of obscure Italian words with no translation, but the food is not like the food in Italy. If you're trying to seem Italian, I'd prefer a better pizza rather than an untranslated menu. The flavors are generally pleasant. The service has been very disappointing lately. There's some sort of eggplant side that I couldn't eat because it was terrible. They charged me for it anyway. And so on and so forth. The Houston pizza scene is pretty terrible, so this may be worth a try. But there's much better pizza in Dallas, for instance, and it may even be worth the drive.

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After hearing so much praise, we decided to try it. I ordered the mussels as an appetizer and a pizza as an entree. The mussels were fine but when I asked for a second slice of bread (only one small crouton was provided), I noted an extra $2 on the check. The pizza, a 12 incher was sparsely filled with a full 1 1/2" unfilled crust around the outside making it a 9 incher. Nothing noteworthy about it. Service was substandard and I bristled at the mandatory valet parking. There are many better pizza places in Houston at much fairer prices. Hope they enjoy that extra 2 bucks, they won't see me again.

1
★★☆☆☆

After hearing so much praise, we decided to try it. I ordered the mussels as an appetizer and a pizza as an entree. The mussels were fine but when I asked for a second slice of bread (only one small crouton was provided), I noted an extra $2 on the check. The pizza, a 12 incher was sparsely filled with a full 1 1/2" unfilled crust around the outside making it a 9 incher. Nothing noteworthy about it. Service was substandard and I bristled at the mandatory valet parking. There are many better pizza places in Houston at much fairer prices. Hope they enjoy that extra 2 bucks, they won't see me again.

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This is my second time to visit this restaurant. I brought friends because I know they had visited Europe many times and I thought they would enjoy this place. I had my 2 daughter with me. They are older and very well behaved. After waiting for over an hour for a table outside, the hostesses instructed me that if we sat outside at the table they were about to give away to someone else, the kids would have to sit and not run around. I guess they thought I had brought my dogs with me. The hostesses as well as the manager were just RUDE. The waitress was very pushy. Our bill was over $200 at a pizza place.
I do not recommend this place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is my second time to visit this restaurant. I brought friends because I know they had visited Europe many times and I thought they would enjoy this place. I had my 2 daughter with me. They are older and very well behaved. After waiting for over an hour for a table outside, the hostesses instructed me that if we sat outside at the table they were about to give away to someone else, the kids would have to sit and not run around. I guess they thought I had brought my dogs with me. The hostesses as well as the manager were just RUDE. The waitress was very pushy. Our bill was over $200 at a pizza place.
I do not recommend this place.

Cons: Rude Staff

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The tallegio, rugula and pear pizza is one of the best things to eat in Houston, in my opinion. Couple that with a basil martini and I'm game any day. Honestly, every item on their menu is very particular and has its own personality, so I think a lot of people walk through the door with too many Americanized expectations. But if you really like the taste of food not watered down, or sauced over, or creamed up, then you will really adore this place. Our meal, with one martini for each of us (strong martinis), cost us less than $50 with the tip. We had three kinds of appetizers, a pizza, two drinks and a small desert. The service was classy & perfunctory, and (right so) with food this exciting, I would rather the staff hang back and not stand at my table the entire time. The manager came by our table to see how our experience was, which is always pleasant, and he even sent us over an extra appetizer. The wait was not long, as it usually it, but we were there right when it opened. I have been there in the evenings when the wait claimed to be twenty minutes and really was more like forty-five. All-in-all, a great place for the adventurous food lover.

2
★★★★★

The tallegio, rugula and pear pizza is one of the best things to eat in Houston, in my opinion. Couple that with a basil martini and I'm game any day. Honestly, every item on their menu is very particular and has its own personality, so I think a lot of people walk through the door with too many Americanized expectations. But if you really like the taste of food not watered down, or sauced over, or creamed up, then you will really adore this place. Our meal, with one martini for each of us (strong martinis), cost us less than $50 with the tip. We had three kinds of appetizers, a pizza, two drinks and a small desert. The service was classy & perfunctory, and (right so) with food this exciting, I would rather the staff hang back and not stand at my table the entire time. The manager came by our table to see how our experience was, which is always pleasant, and he even sent us over an extra appetizer. The wait was not long, as it usually it, but we were there right when it opened. I have been there in the evenings when the wait claimed to be twenty minutes and really was more like forty-five. All-in-all, a great place for the adventurous food lover.

Pros: unique food for the adventurous, fine dining on a casual dining budget, inventive martinis

Cons: the wait can be long, not really the kind of place if you want a saucy, american cheese pizza

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I've heard how good the pizza was here and finally got around to trying it. I tried once a few months before but it was beyond crowded. But this time I was in the area at an odd time so I jumped at the chance to finally try it. And if you want to try it be warned. It's not all that.

The waiter recommended the Pizza with Proscuitto and Arugula. Sounded fine to my wife and I so we went with it. Supposedly it is their most popular pizza. Well once it came out it didn't look too promising. It didn't have a lot of cheese covering the sauce. The arugula was on a little thick but it fell right off (I'm guessing it was just placed on top after they took it out of the oven). The proscuitto was a huge square that was cut super thin and simply placed on top. The toppings tended to fall off since they weren't cooked in at all and the combination was average at best. It was definitely not the best pizza in town as others have claimed. Hell Bambolino's down the street is probably better. I still think Palmano's Pizzeria was the best Houston's ever had for true Italian pizza. Star Pizza is good for an Americanized version.

The place is nice and cozy and the prices are better than I'd expected. Service was also above average. But the pizza we tried was nothing close to the best in town.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've heard how good the pizza was here and finally got around to trying it. I tried once a few months before but it was beyond crowded. But this time I was in the area at an odd time so I jumped at the chance to finally try it. And if you want to try it be warned. It's not all that.

The waiter recommended the Pizza with Proscuitto and Arugula. Sounded fine to my wife and I so we went with it. Supposedly it is their most popular pizza. Well once it came out it didn't look too promising. It didn't have a lot of cheese covering the sauce. The arugula was on a little thick but it fell right off (I'm guessing it was just placed on top after they took it out of the oven). The proscuitto was a huge square that was cut super thin and simply placed on top. The toppings tended to fall off since they weren't cooked in at all and the combination was average at best. It was definitely not the best pizza in town as others have claimed. Hell Bambolino's down the street is probably better. I still think Palmano's Pizzeria was the best Houston's ever had for true Italian pizza. Star Pizza is good for an Americanized version.

The place is nice and cozy and the prices are better than I'd expected. Service was also above average. But the pizza we tried was nothing close to the best in town.

Pros: Good location and atmosphere

Cons: Overhyped Pizza

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This restaurant is great! I love their eggplant pizza! The wait can be long, but you can get a drink at their bar. The atmosphere is really cute! They have an upstairs and a downstairs. They also have valet parking.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant is great! I love their eggplant pizza! The wait can be long, but you can get a drink at their bar. The atmosphere is really cute! They have an upstairs and a downstairs. They also have valet parking.

Pros: great food

Cons: some wait

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A friend and I recently went to Dolce Vita on the recommendation of another friend. We both ordered coctails and those were delicious and strong and delivered very quickly. The Caprese bufala was out of this world...thick slices of flavorful tomatoes and mozzarella. We ordered the spicy salami pizza which actually tasted quite a bit like pepperoni. It was delicious with fresh mozzarella and shredded basil! To top it off, the service was spectacular. After eating the Caprese, the waiter cleared our forks and plates and we were immediately given new cutlery and plates.

They have other fare such as gnocchi ragu, chicken and eggplant parm, spaghetti etc. I will definitely be going back to try their dishes other than pizza also!

I have to say, I've had pizza at pizzeria's in New York and Dolce Vita definitely rivals those places.

2
★★★★★

A friend and I recently went to Dolce Vita on the recommendation of another friend. We both ordered coctails and those were delicious and strong and delivered very quickly. The Caprese bufala was out of this world...thick slices of flavorful tomatoes and mozzarella. We ordered the spicy salami pizza which actually tasted quite a bit like pepperoni. It was delicious with fresh mozzarella and shredded basil! To top it off, the service was spectacular. After eating the Caprese, the waiter cleared our forks and plates and we were immediately given new cutlery and plates.

They have other fare such as gnocchi ragu, chicken and eggplant parm, spaghetti etc. I will definitely be going back to try their dishes other than pizza also!

I have to say, I've had pizza at pizzeria's in New York and Dolce Vita definitely rivals those places.

Pros: Awesome service, inexpensive pizza and wonderful cocktails!

Cons: None

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This is the best pizza I have ever eaten outside of Italy. If you are wanting heavy, greasy cheesy a pepperoni type pizza like Pizza Hut, Dominos or Pappa Johns don't look here. This is authentic woodfired oven pizza. It is really simple but the fresh veggies and good olive oil are the key to its amazing taste. I also had the Gnocci with Ragu and a Rigatoni with red sauce panccetta and peas. Every last bite was amazing and I will be going back. The staff was also very friendly and when seated by a door way promptly moved us to a table of our liking. I will be going back here soon!

2
★★★★★

This is the best pizza I have ever eaten outside of Italy. If you are wanting heavy, greasy cheesy a pepperoni type pizza like Pizza Hut, Dominos or Pappa Johns don't look here. This is authentic woodfired oven pizza. It is really simple but the fresh veggies and good olive oil are the key to its amazing taste. I also had the Gnocci with Ragu and a Rigatoni with red sauce panccetta and peas. Every last bite was amazing and I will be going back. The staff was also very friendly and when seated by a door way promptly moved us to a table of our liking. I will be going back here soon!

Pros: Fresh pizza and pasta

Cons: confusing authentic Italian menu

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i went for the first time last night, and this place is great! we ordered pizza, just cheese and sauce but delicious, 4 different little bowls which were devine, great atmosphere. i can't wait to go again!!

2
★★★★★

i went for the first time last night, and this place is great! we ordered pizza, just cheese and sauce but delicious, 4 different little bowls which were devine, great atmosphere. i can't wait to go again!!

Pros: valet parking, great service and ambience

Cons: none

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My husband's company had their Christmas party at Dolce Vita last night, and it was great! The servers that attended to us were so helpful and quick with their service. The bartenders were helpful and knowledgeable also. The pizza was amazing! I highly reccommend the Margherita pizza, it's so tasty! Also, you have to try a Pomegranate Martini, they're spectacular! If you're in this area, and need great pizza, then Dolce Vita is the place to go!

2
★★★★☆

My husband's company had their Christmas party at Dolce Vita last night, and it was great! The servers that attended to us were so helpful and quick with their service. The bartenders were helpful and knowledgeable also. The pizza was amazing! I highly reccommend the Margherita pizza, it's so tasty! Also, you have to try a Pomegranate Martini, they're spectacular! If you're in this area, and need great pizza, then Dolce Vita is the place to go!

Pros: Great food and drinks!

Cons: Parking

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Life IS sweet with a restaurant like Dolce Vita gracing our presence in Houston. What a quaint little pizza place that has all the charm of a New York family eatery with the best of Italian flavors. When you step in, it feels like you've entered someone's home - it's inviting and cozy - not pretentious. The wine menu consists of all Italian wines which gives it a stamp of authenticity. Plenty of dining area and lots of Italian-style mingling. It was definitely loud with the laughs and voices of different tables enjoying themselves. Family-style dining is the best way to dine so you can try lots of different items - which you will want to when you see the choices awaiting you. The menu starts with Italian-style tapas...which I recommend the Pumpkin Goatcheese or Arrabiata Potatoes...and of course you cannot go wrong with an Insalata Caprese. The pizzas are the claim to fame, so I'd definitely go that route for your main course. If you like pizza, you will LOVE these - especially with the different well-paired varieties of toppings! But save room for dessert - for $6 your choice you can choose from panna cotta, cakes, cannolis, and of course GELATO! Dark chocolate or Nioccola (nutella/hazelnut flavored) are my favorites Great date spot, great place to go on a double date...very fun, cute place that takes you away and makes you forget your worries! (or maybe that was just the Prosecco - ha!) Enjoy life - enjoy Dolce Vita!

2
★★★★★

Life IS sweet with a restaurant like Dolce Vita gracing our presence in Houston. What a quaint little pizza place that has all the charm of a New York family eatery with the best of Italian flavors. When you step in, it feels like you've entered someone's home - it's inviting and cozy - not pretentious. The wine menu consists of all Italian wines which gives it a stamp of authenticity. Plenty of dining area and lots of Italian-style mingling. It was definitely loud with the laughs and voices of different tables enjoying themselves. Family-style dining is the best way to dine so you can try lots of different items - which you will want to when you see the choices awaiting you. The menu starts with Italian-style tapas...which I recommend the Pumpkin Goatcheese or Arrabiata Potatoes...and of course you cannot go wrong with an Insalata Caprese. The pizzas are the claim to fame, so I'd definitely go that route for your main course. If you like pizza, you will LOVE these - especially with the different well-paired varieties of toppings! But save room for dessert - for $6 your choice you can choose from panna cotta, cakes, cannolis, and of course GELATO! Dark chocolate or Nioccola (nutella/hazelnut flavored) are my favorites Great date spot, great place to go on a double date...very fun, cute place that takes you away and makes you forget your worries! (or maybe that was just the Prosecco - ha!) Enjoy life - enjoy Dolce Vita!

Pros: Pizza, Ambiance, Gelato

Cons: Loud, Long wait (grab some Prosecco!)

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I do not understand why this place has gotten such high reviews. The food was just bad. The pizza we ordered was extremely runny and inundated with grease or olive oil.... so much that the cheese and the rest of the toppings just fell off when you picked a slice up. I kept telling my friend through out the entire meal how bad the food was and how much better we would of been of by staying at home and ordering Pizza Hut. I also had some very undercooked and bland pasta. The so called parking valet service is a joke, just another excuse to rip you off on money. The parking lot is the size of my bathroom and they valet for you., LOL!!! Ok now the few good things I came across....the fried calamari was actually good. Our waiter was attentive.

Conclusion: I would definately NOT recommend this place or ever return. I went home feeling nauseas from that nasty pizza and pasta. Eat at your own risk.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I do not understand why this place has gotten such high reviews. The food was just bad. The pizza we ordered was extremely runny and inundated with grease or olive oil.... so much that the cheese and the rest of the toppings just fell off when you picked a slice up. I kept telling my friend through out the entire meal how bad the food was and how much better we would of been of by staying at home and ordering Pizza Hut. I also had some very undercooked and bland pasta. The so called parking valet service is a joke, just another excuse to rip you off on money. The parking lot is the size of my bathroom and they valet for you., LOL!!! Ok now the few good things I came across....the fried calamari was actually good. Our waiter was attentive.

Conclusion: I would definately NOT recommend this place or ever return. I went home feeling nauseas from that nasty pizza and pasta. Eat at your own risk.

Pros: hmmm...im still thinking

Cons: the food!

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So I have been a loyal customer of this restaurant and recommended it to all my friends, took out of towners here, had birthday parties here, etc.
Thus, when my dad came into town, my sister and I were so excited to take him here. we ordered the arrugula and cherry tomato salad, a pizza, and some other appetizers.

Our salad came out, and we were all talking about how good it was I realized what I thought was a raisin was actually an insect.

I have worked in a kitchen and understand that things like this happen. But it ruins the rest of the meal for you. We told our waitress, who I think was new and didn't know how to handle it. However, the manager's response?

"So, heard the salad was a little fresh this evening?"

Not an apology really...which angered my dad. I am just so sad that this place, which I have been to upwards of 10 times, would do this. my sister, who had been to this restaurant earlier that week and also had eaten at that restaurant at least 20 times, was also disappointed. we had probably brought over so much business, and we had ordered only two appetizers and a pizza, so would it really have been such a profit loss to try to make this up to us by giving us a free meal?

While the manager was talking to us, our pizza came, but my family was so upset and nauseated that we couldn't stay, and walked out with a pizza which I let go cold, and we still paid the bill, minus the insect salad.

It makes me so sad because I love this place - but I refuse to go back or recommend this place anymore because this experience left such a bad taste in my mouth. I think the manager really needs to learn what running a higher class restaurant means, otherwise I think La Dolce Vita will lose more business.

I mean, the food is good, but if service is that bad, I guess you have to decide if it is worth it to withstand.

1
★★★☆☆

So I have been a loyal customer of this restaurant and recommended it to all my friends, took out of towners here, had birthday parties here, etc.
Thus, when my dad came into town, my sister and I were so excited to take him here. we ordered the arrugula and cherry tomato salad, a pizza, and some other appetizers.

Our salad came out, and we were all talking about how good it was I realized what I thought was a raisin was actually an insect.

I have worked in a kitchen and understand that things like this happen. But it ruins the rest of the meal for you. We told our waitress, who I think was new and didn't know how to handle it. However, the manager's response?

"So, heard the salad was a little fresh this evening?"

Not an apology really...which angered my dad. I am just so sad that this place, which I have been to upwards of 10 times, would do this. my sister, who had been to this restaurant earlier that week and also had eaten at that restaurant at least 20 times, was also disappointed. we had probably brought over so much business, and we had ordered only two appetizers and a pizza, so would it really have been such a profit loss to try to make this up to us by giving us a free meal?

While the manager was talking to us, our pizza came, but my family was so upset and nauseated that we couldn't stay, and walked out with a pizza which I let go cold, and we still paid the bill, minus the insect salad.

It makes me so sad because I love this place - but I refuse to go back or recommend this place anymore because this experience left such a bad taste in my mouth. I think the manager really needs to learn what running a higher class restaurant means, otherwise I think La Dolce Vita will lose more business.

I mean, the food is good, but if service is that bad, I guess you have to decide if it is worth it to withstand.

Pros: Arrugula and cherry tomato salad is good if you don't get an insect, and food usually comes out fast.

Cons: I hate that the tables are so close to each other. you have to valet or you will get a ticket. if you don't get there early, you may wait a long time.

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Strong Points: Authentic Italian Pizza

Weak Points: Everything else, especially the service! This was the second time we have been to this place. On our first attempt, we walked in at 6:30 on a Friday to be greeted with a 1.5 hour wait. Obviously a good thing for the restaurant, but not alot of fun for the patrons. On our second attempt we were greeted with a 45 minute wait, and decided to give it a try. At the bar, we asked for a drink and wine list from the manager helping out. He abruptly told us that they did not have a list, rudely pointed a chalk board with some drink names and no wines, and turned his back to help someone else. After querying the hostess, we found that there was a drink list, but the manager was not going to be bothered to take the time to get it! STRIKE ONE

Upon finally being seated, it took the waiter approximately 15 minutes to even come by and ask for our drinks and food. STRIKE TWO

After our meal (which was authentic, but not worth the wait or the insult from the manager at the bar!) we received our check. It had an item that we did not pay for, so we flagged down the waiter. He took the check to correct it only to bring it back with the same item still on there! We asked him to remove it a second time, and wouldn't you know it, that item was still not removed! Finally after the third attempt, we were beginning to get suspicious that this was intentional! After bringing us the third check correctly, the waiter peered over my wife's shoulder to watch her fill out his meager tip! STRIKE THREE, THEY ARE OUT!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Strong Points: Authentic Italian Pizza

Weak Points: Everything else, especially the service! This was the second time we have been to this place. On our first attempt, we walked in at 6:30 on a Friday to be greeted with a 1.5 hour wait. Obviously a good thing for the restaurant, but not alot of fun for the patrons. On our second attempt we were greeted with a 45 minute wait, and decided to give it a try. At the bar, we asked for a drink and wine list from the manager helping out. He abruptly told us that they did not have a list, rudely pointed a chalk board with some drink names and no wines, and turned his back to help someone else. After querying the hostess, we found that there was a drink list, but the manager was not going to be bothered to take the time to get it! STRIKE ONE

Upon finally being seated, it took the waiter approximately 15 minutes to even come by and ask for our drinks and food. STRIKE TWO

After our meal (which was authentic, but not worth the wait or the insult from the manager at the bar!) we received our check. It had an item that we did not pay for, so we flagged down the waiter. He took the check to correct it only to bring it back with the same item still on there! We asked him to remove it a second time, and wouldn't you know it, that item was still not removed! Finally after the third attempt, we were beginning to get suspicious that this was intentional! After bringing us the third check correctly, the waiter peered over my wife's shoulder to watch her fill out his meager tip! STRIKE THREE, THEY ARE OUT!!!!

Pros: Authentic Italian Pizza

Cons: Everthing else, especially the service!!!

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I had fun here. After dating for two years, my boyfriend and I went here and suddenly it was like we were on our first date. The place was elegant and treated us like we mattered from the second we walked in. As everyone else writes, the pizza was amazing. The wine was good. If your relationship is in need of a breath of fresh air, go to Dolce Vita! We had great conversation and left feeling like we'd felt after our first few dates. I attribute much of that to the seamless service and delicious food.

2
★★★★★

I had fun here. After dating for two years, my boyfriend and I went here and suddenly it was like we were on our first date. The place was elegant and treated us like we mattered from the second we walked in. As everyone else writes, the pizza was amazing. The wine was good. If your relationship is in need of a breath of fresh air, go to Dolce Vita! We had great conversation and left feeling like we'd felt after our first few dates. I attribute much of that to the seamless service and delicious food.

Pros: Pizza that is a meal, not a snack

Cons: They kind of get you with the wine - but it's still good wine

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Wherever I go - small, mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, national chains, high-priced spreads, the trendy and the posh, all I want is my money's worth. I expect good food properly prepared, prices in line with the decor, and an efficient, congenial, but not patronizing staff doing its best to assure return business. That's really not much to ask. Yet, many restaurants I visit fail to meet these basic criteria. I agree that finding good help is difficult, but successful restaurateurs know how to train staff, and offer enough inducements to keep their best people. Yet another pervasive problem I encounter is the way in which some managers show contempt: serving a shoddy product but expecting the customers not to notice. Here are some notes:
Ordered two dishes: prosciutto e rucola and vongole pizzas.
Clams - smelled and texture (freshness was questionable!!!)
arugula -color little brown and dry (freshness again not caused by oven heat)
Service: rude hostess, unfocused, dirty fingernails, shoes are dirty
Atmosphere: Loud
Cleanliness: sweep floors more often after table rotations
Recommend? In Houston perhaps, if it was in Italy NEVER!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Wherever I go - small, mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, national chains, high-priced spreads, the trendy and the posh, all I want is my money's worth. I expect good food properly prepared, prices in line with the decor, and an efficient, congenial, but not patronizing staff doing its best to assure return business. That's really not much to ask. Yet, many restaurants I visit fail to meet these basic criteria. I agree that finding good help is difficult, but successful restaurateurs know how to train staff, and offer enough inducements to keep their best people. Yet another pervasive problem I encounter is the way in which some managers show contempt: serving a shoddy product but expecting the customers not to notice. Here are some notes:
Ordered two dishes: prosciutto e rucola and vongole pizzas.
Clams - smelled and texture (freshness was questionable!!!)
arugula -color little brown and dry (freshness again not caused by oven heat)
Service: rude hostess, unfocused, dirty fingernails, shoes are dirty
Atmosphere: Loud
Cleanliness: sweep floors more often after table rotations
Recommend? In Houston perhaps, if it was in Italy NEVER!!!

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, Clientelle was Nuvo Rich, Taste, Freshness

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I invited my friends to join me at Dolce Vita where I had been a few times and enjoyed the food and ambience. Several went to citysearch and questioned my choice based on the negative reviews about service. I convinced them otherwise in advance and I must say, THEY WERE THRILLED when they left Dolce Vita.

We had superb service and excellent food. The pizza's are quite yummy and you can choose to try some of their more exotic toppings like rapini (kinda a little broccoli) or stick with a tried and true like the Calabrese (spicy salami similar to a pepporini). The waiter handled the group with ease and kept us happy with bread and wine until our salads and pizzas came. While not a wine bar, the waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine options and answered all the questions of my wine aficianado friends.

I would recommend going when you have a group of 6 or more as you can make a reservation and avoid the wait. Although there was a limited wait for parties of <6 when we arrived on Sat night at 7pm - nothing one couldn't expect when out in Houston on a Sat night. We had originally made a reservation for 7 and they easily accommodated our increase at the last minute to 9 people (thank you thank you).

We had 4 bottles of wine and some cocktails, salads, pizza and dessert. About $40 per person. Quite reasonable in my opinion. Definitely going back again and again

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★★★★★

I invited my friends to join me at Dolce Vita where I had been a few times and enjoyed the food and ambience. Several went to citysearch and questioned my choice based on the negative reviews about service. I convinced them otherwise in advance and I must say, THEY WERE THRILLED when they left Dolce Vita.

We had superb service and excellent food. The pizza's are quite yummy and you can choose to try some of their more exotic toppings like rapini (kinda a little broccoli) or stick with a tried and true like the Calabrese (spicy salami similar to a pepporini). The waiter handled the group with ease and kept us happy with bread and wine until our salads and pizzas came. While not a wine bar, the waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine options and answered all the questions of my wine aficianado friends.

I would recommend going when you have a group of 6 or more as you can make a reservation and avoid the wait. Although there was a limited wait for parties of <6 when we arrived on Sat night at 7pm - nothing one couldn't expect when out in Houston on a Sat night. We had originally made a reservation for 7 and they easily accommodated our increase at the last minute to 9 people (thank you thank you).

We had 4 bottles of wine and some cocktails, salads, pizza and dessert. About $40 per person. Quite reasonable in my opinion. Definitely going back again and again

Pros: pizza, service, groups

Cons: parking

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I love this place. If you notice, the only people that are complaining are the ones complaining about gratuities on checks, and short wine pours, and plateing charges for outside cakes. In other words, cheapos. Hate to break it to you, but you ARE GOING TO WAIT for a table on a Saturday night. If you like to dine out, and you like excellent pizza, GO TO DOLCE VITA. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. I have been here many times, and NEVER had bad service. I especially like to sit at the bar downstairs. The female bartender takes WONDERFUL care of my friends and I everytime we go. Don't listen to the people who whine about bad service. To those people I say -- Keep in mind that if you were nice to the staff when you walked in the door, your name would probably still be on the list, or better yet, your butt would be in a seat.

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★★★★★

I love this place. If you notice, the only people that are complaining are the ones complaining about gratuities on checks, and short wine pours, and plateing charges for outside cakes. In other words, cheapos. Hate to break it to you, but you ARE GOING TO WAIT for a table on a Saturday night. If you like to dine out, and you like excellent pizza, GO TO DOLCE VITA. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. I have been here many times, and NEVER had bad service. I especially like to sit at the bar downstairs. The female bartender takes WONDERFUL care of my friends and I everytime we go. Don't listen to the people who whine about bad service. To those people I say -- Keep in mind that if you were nice to the staff when you walked in the door, your name would probably still be on the list, or better yet, your butt would be in a seat.

Pros: Food, Creative Cocktails, Kickin' patio, Excellent Bartender(s)

Cons: Vallet sometimes gets overwhelmed

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We arrived at Dolce Vita for an early dinner on Saturday around 6:30. We were told that the wait would be about one hour. We had called to make reservations, but were told that they only accept reservations from parties of 6 or more. We were a party of 4, so we decided to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine while we waited. The house chardonnay was $9, but the problem was they didn't even pour a glass of wine....it was a taste. I let the hostess know that it was my friends birthday just in case they did anything for celebrations. She told me if we bought a desert they could put a candle on it....okay they aren't big on celebrations. Another thing that is concerning is everyone is nervously running around like they don't have enough staff to handle a typical Saturday evening crowd. After checking with the hostess periodically and being told we were next on the list for 2 hours we decided to go stand at the hostess station. We saw a 4 top being cleaned off and assumed it was ours...since there were no other "parties of 4" left waiting. The hostess explained that this table would be going to a "doctor" friend of the managers and she was sorry, but we needed to continue to wait. We were shocked and furious, but it gets better. The "doctor" friend and 3 others parked, walked in and were immediately greeted by the manager Rich Parrott. He seated them right away. We went over and told him that we have been waiting for 2 hours and that this was unacceptable. He stated that he is the manager and he can do whatever he wants for his friends because "He's the Manager".....get a life Rich. What a waste of time.....We did go next door to Indika and had a wonderful birthday dinner. They even overheard us wishing our friend a "happy birthday" and brought out a desert with a candle. Indika is a wonderful restaurant and I would rate it a 10. They are lucky to be next door to Dolce Vita...I'm sure they get plenty of unhappy customers from that place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We arrived at Dolce Vita for an early dinner on Saturday around 6:30. We were told that the wait would be about one hour. We had called to make reservations, but were told that they only accept reservations from parties of 6 or more. We were a party of 4, so we decided to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine while we waited. The house chardonnay was $9, but the problem was they didn't even pour a glass of wine....it was a taste. I let the hostess know that it was my friends birthday just in case they did anything for celebrations. She told me if we bought a desert they could put a candle on it....okay they aren't big on celebrations. Another thing that is concerning is everyone is nervously running around like they don't have enough staff to handle a typical Saturday evening crowd. After checking with the hostess periodically and being told we were next on the list for 2 hours we decided to go stand at the hostess station. We saw a 4 top being cleaned off and assumed it was ours...since there were no other "parties of 4" left waiting. The hostess explained that this table would be going to a "doctor" friend of the managers and she was sorry, but we needed to continue to wait. We were shocked and furious, but it gets better. The "doctor" friend and 3 others parked, walked in and were immediately greeted by the manager Rich Parrott. He seated them right away. We went over and told him that we have been waiting for 2 hours and that this was unacceptable. He stated that he is the manager and he can do whatever he wants for his friends because "He's the Manager".....get a life Rich. What a waste of time.....We did go next door to Indika and had a wonderful birthday dinner. They even overheard us wishing our friend a "happy birthday" and brought out a desert with a candle. Indika is a wonderful restaurant and I would rate it a 10. They are lucky to be next door to Dolce Vita...I'm sure they get plenty of unhappy customers from that place.

Pros: none....mark my words they won't make it in Houston.

Cons: Terrible Management, Incapable Staff, Food--who knows.. didn't get any.

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If I go out to eat, I want to enjoy the experience. Unlike other reviewers, we were sat promptly, it was 7 PM on a Thursday. However, that's were the positives end. The wait staff was impersonal- never actually looking AT us when we ordered, but rather glancing around the room. I had a guest from out of town and was looking forward to drinking a bottle of wine and catching up. However, I had 4 different waiters asking me if I am ready to order my next course before the previous one is even out. The staff was taking away plates when only one of us was done, they were dumping our bottle of wine into our glasses before they were even close to finished. The major impression I got was "Please hurry up and leave- by the way you better tip well"

The food was really good- it totally reminded me of my vacation to Rome-but from now on, I will be doing take out. There is no reason to spend 100+ on a meal and to feel rushed the WHOLE time.

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★★★☆☆

If I go out to eat, I want to enjoy the experience. Unlike other reviewers, we were sat promptly, it was 7 PM on a Thursday. However, that's were the positives end. The wait staff was impersonal- never actually looking AT us when we ordered, but rather glancing around the room. I had a guest from out of town and was looking forward to drinking a bottle of wine and catching up. However, I had 4 different waiters asking me if I am ready to order my next course before the previous one is even out. The staff was taking away plates when only one of us was done, they were dumping our bottle of wine into our glasses before they were even close to finished. The major impression I got was "Please hurry up and leave- by the way you better tip well"

The food was really good- it totally reminded me of my vacation to Rome-but from now on, I will be doing take out. There is no reason to spend 100+ on a meal and to feel rushed the WHOLE time.

Pros: Great Pizza

Cons: Crowded, loud, rushed service

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After reading mixed reviews of Dolce Vita on Citysearch I was hesitant to try it but some friends had raved about their pizza so we decided to give it a try. We were a party of 4. We arrived at 7pm and was told the wait would be about 30 minutes so we ordered some wine and headed out to the patio. After an hour we noticed that none of the host staff were coming out to seat people but if people went inside to inquire on their table they were getting seated. Several of these people had arrived after we did. When we went to check on our table we were told we were next on the list. By 8:30pm we decided to go and stand inside so the host staff would know we were there and not seat any others that arrived after us. A table of 4 became available as we were standing there but instead of seating us the staff separated the tables into 2 tables of 2. When we inquired why they separated the tables and didn't seat us we were told that they were reserved for a party of 6 and were going to put the table back together and add another table to it when they arrived. Right after that a party of 4 walked in the door and the manager, Rich, greeted them and had the staff put the 2 tables together again and seated them. I approached Rich to ask why that just happened and he advised me that they were friends of his and he could do whatever he wanted. He couldn't have cared less that we had been waiting an hour and a half and had basically been lied to by his staff. He made no attempt to rectify the situation. There was no way we were going to stay after being treated so poorly and went next door to Indika where we had a phenomenal meal and great service. We met several people at Indika that had also been treated poorly at Dolce Vita and ended up leaving as well. The wait staff at Indika told us it happens all the time. Dolce Vita and especially the manager, Rich, need to get their act together. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading mixed reviews of Dolce Vita on Citysearch I was hesitant to try it but some friends had raved about their pizza so we decided to give it a try. We were a party of 4. We arrived at 7pm and was told the wait would be about 30 minutes so we ordered some wine and headed out to the patio. After an hour we noticed that none of the host staff were coming out to seat people but if people went inside to inquire on their table they were getting seated. Several of these people had arrived after we did. When we went to check on our table we were told we were next on the list. By 8:30pm we decided to go and stand inside so the host staff would know we were there and not seat any others that arrived after us. A table of 4 became available as we were standing there but instead of seating us the staff separated the tables into 2 tables of 2. When we inquired why they separated the tables and didn't seat us we were told that they were reserved for a party of 6 and were going to put the table back together and add another table to it when they arrived. Right after that a party of 4 walked in the door and the manager, Rich, greeted them and had the staff put the 2 tables together again and seated them. I approached Rich to ask why that just happened and he advised me that they were friends of his and he could do whatever he wanted. He couldn't have cared less that we had been waiting an hour and a half and had basically been lied to by his staff. He made no attempt to rectify the situation. There was no way we were going to stay after being treated so poorly and went next door to Indika where we had a phenomenal meal and great service. We met several people at Indika that had also been treated poorly at Dolce Vita and ended up leaving as well. The wait staff at Indika told us it happens all the time. Dolce Vita and especially the manager, Rich, need to get their act together. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Pros: None, the staff is incompetent, especially the manager, Rich.

Cons: Poor customer service

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The gelato was not bad, and the appetizer (basically a red snapper sandwich) was really awesome! The pizza was unimpressive as it was warm, inconsistent cheese and overly greasy shrimp. Most comical of all is the kitchen that allows the ridiculously pungent cheese to sit out and fume the restaurant. Though, my table and the tables on both sides engaged in theory about what "that smell" was; the waitstaff responded with "What smell?" Hilarious!! Just cover the cheese, it's really pretty simple. This place isn't horrid because of the appetizer, dessert, and likeable wine menu. But, it does seem to have an ambience of superiority which is always a major turnoff. I was seated immediately without reservation.....not sure why some wait and others don't, but not cool to those who have to wait.

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★★★☆☆

The gelato was not bad, and the appetizer (basically a red snapper sandwich) was really awesome! The pizza was unimpressive as it was warm, inconsistent cheese and overly greasy shrimp. Most comical of all is the kitchen that allows the ridiculously pungent cheese to sit out and fume the restaurant. Though, my table and the tables on both sides engaged in theory about what "that smell" was; the waitstaff responded with "What smell?" Hilarious!! Just cover the cheese, it's really pretty simple. This place isn't horrid because of the appetizer, dessert, and likeable wine menu. But, it does seem to have an ambience of superiority which is always a major turnoff. I was seated immediately without reservation.....not sure why some wait and others don't, but not cool to those who have to wait.

Pros: appetizers, wine, dessert

Cons: pizza and that funky cheese smell

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I have come to this restaurant many times in the past and have been a fan of the great tasting food, but not even that will ever bring me back into this establishment ever again. We arrived at around 6:30 PM and were told that our wait time would be around thirty minutes. That's not bad here, so we decided to have a glass of wine and wait. 45 minutes later I went to the incompetant host on duty and saw that my name had been crossed off of the list and the host told me that "SHE... said to remove it from the list"... Who is "SHE"... The host had no answers, but she politely put my name back into the same spot that it had currently been in. Many tables had been sat both above and below my name, yet we waited patiently. After an additional 20 minutes I returned to the stand and asked about our table to be told by the same hostess, It will be another 45 minutes to an hour. She just looked at me and said, sorry if you don't like it.... (condescendingly)... I went up the stairs to the other hostess who seemed to be making all of the decisions and she said that the manager was too busy to talk to anyone. The place was busy, but when you make a mistake you need enough staff to handle the guests that require assistance. I never did get that manager and we finally left after waiting for him or a table for an additional 30 minutes..... Thanks for ruining a potentially great evening. As a General Manager of restaurants for over 15 years in the Houston area I hope that you would re-consider your options before dining here and consider the possibility of waiting for 1hour 45 minutes without ever getting a table.... two thumbs WAY DOWN!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have come to this restaurant many times in the past and have been a fan of the great tasting food, but not even that will ever bring me back into this establishment ever again. We arrived at around 6:30 PM and were told that our wait time would be around thirty minutes. That's not bad here, so we decided to have a glass of wine and wait. 45 minutes later I went to the incompetant host on duty and saw that my name had been crossed off of the list and the host told me that "SHE... said to remove it from the list"... Who is "SHE"... The host had no answers, but she politely put my name back into the same spot that it had currently been in. Many tables had been sat both above and below my name, yet we waited patiently. After an additional 20 minutes I returned to the stand and asked about our table to be told by the same hostess, It will be another 45 minutes to an hour. She just looked at me and said, sorry if you don't like it.... (condescendingly)... I went up the stairs to the other hostess who seemed to be making all of the decisions and she said that the manager was too busy to talk to anyone. The place was busy, but when you make a mistake you need enough staff to handle the guests that require assistance. I never did get that manager and we finally left after waiting for him or a table for an additional 30 minutes..... Thanks for ruining a potentially great evening. As a General Manager of restaurants for over 15 years in the Houston area I hope that you would re-consider your options before dining here and consider the possibility of waiting for 1hour 45 minutes without ever getting a table.... two thumbs WAY DOWN!!!

Pros: Great food if you can get to it through the incompetent host staff

Cons: Poorly managed, poorly staffed Host Stand, Loud Repetitive musc while waiting...

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This place is great. The waiter was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We recently went to Italy on our honeymoon and this is the same type of pizza that we ate in Rome. Everything from the pizza to the cappucino was wonderful. We highly recommend it and we'll be back.

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★★★★★

This place is great. The waiter was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We recently went to Italy on our honeymoon and this is the same type of pizza that we ate in Rome. Everything from the pizza to the cappucino was wonderful. We highly recommend it and we'll be back.

Pros: authetic Roman style pizza, great salad

Cons: A bit expensive, reservations are only allowed with parties of six or more.

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My husband and I have been there twice, and each time enjoyed our food emensely!
For starters, try the pomegranate martini, which is the best martini I have ever had in my life.
For lovers of truffle oil, it's a must to try the egg toast with truffle oil, it is to die for!
Our favorite pizza is the one with the arugala and proscuitto, simple yet wonderful.
Both times we had very good service. The waiter recommended the items we had and it was worth it.
I also recommend the escarole, peccorino salad.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston for sure! 9+ Bravo Houston!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been there twice, and each time enjoyed our food emensely!
For starters, try the pomegranate martini, which is the best martini I have ever had in my life.
For lovers of truffle oil, it's a must to try the egg toast with truffle oil, it is to die for!
Our favorite pizza is the one with the arugala and proscuitto, simple yet wonderful.
Both times we had very good service. The waiter recommended the items we had and it was worth it.
I also recommend the escarole, peccorino salad.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston for sure! 9+ Bravo Houston!

Pros: Food, service, ambience

Cons: parking

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Chef Marco Wiles of DaMarco has followed his passion and is showcasing wine and handmade rustic pizzas at this shabby-chic destination. Order the innovative Taleggio cheese, arugula, pear and truffle oil-drizzled pizza with a fruity lush…

 

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