La Dolce Vita has had its doors open in Provo for almost 30 years. It’s a local, family-owned Italian restaurant that sits off the beaten path around the corner from Los Hermano’s new location downtown.
We were seated quickly, but taken to a back room that had originally had the light turned off before we got there. It was very odd since there were many empty tables in the dining areas we passed. The restaurant is a conglomerate of multiple dining rooms that all have a different feeling to them. Interestingly, the dining areas they were using that night seemed to be those that were more convenient for serving, but not as nice. All the areas were very quiet. It would have been nice to have some soft background music to bridge the conversation between tables.
We asked to be moved from the back area to the main dining area. Our server obliged, but was not very cheerful about that or anything else that night.
Toasted bread with dipping sauce made from balsamic vinegar, olive oil, & herbs was served to our table, but was nothing special.
Strawberry Italian Soda ($2.99) – Mr. Diner’s favorite, which was generously portioned to the point of overflowing.
Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada ($3.99) – Sweet Diner loved it!
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri ($3.99) – Amazing Diner said this was the best part of his meal.
Mr. Diner had the Small Supreme Pizza ($10.99) with fairly typical toppings (pepperoni, ham, sausage, olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, & onions). The tomato sauce was quite sweet and Mr. Diner loved the bread-like crust.
Sweet Diner chose the Child’s Rigatoni ($4.49), which was served in a ragu sauce. The pasta was overcooked and too soft, which she wasn’t thrilled about.
I had the Chef’s Combo ($12.99), which included La Dolce Vita’s Chicken Parmesan, Rigatoni, Tortellini, & Pasta a Gratte. I really enjoyed the chicken, which was tender and just slightly breaded, but well seasoned with a generous amount of sauce and cheese. The tortellini had a beef filling and was served in a cream sauce with little bits of ham. Pasta a Gratte seems to be the favorite pasta in this restaurant, as it is the one that is served alongside many dishes. It is a penne pasta with alfredo sauce sprinkled with cheeses and little pieces of salami. All the dishes in the Chef’s Combo were good except the rigatoni, which was no better than Sweet Diner’s portion.
Entrees are served with a side salad or Minestrone soup. I chose the Minestrone, which was pretty good.
Both Amazing Diner & Little Diner had Mini 6” Pizzas (a pepperoni – $5.29 & a cheese – $4.79, respectively). Amazing Diner wasn’t thrilled with his; he said he didn’t really like the sweet sauce, but Little Diner ate his up.
Overall, we weren’t too impressed with La Dolce Vita. The atmosphere and the service were lacking, but we can see past those if the food is great. In this case, the food was hit-and-miss, but the prices are decent. If you go, I’d recommend the Chicken Parmesan with a side of Pasta a Gratte.
La Dolce Vita
61 N 100 E
Provo, UT 84606
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.5
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 3.5
Amazing Diner: 3
Sweet Diner: 3
Little Diner: 4