Houston >Food & Dining > Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca
500 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.744736 -95.387372
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Fri. 5pm - 10:30pm;Sat. - Sun. 12am - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
Delicious pizza that's thin, so you can eat even more. Definitely get the arugula pear pizza.
Such great thin crust pizza, I can eat a whole one myself – In the spirit of Valentine´s 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 Vita´s unbelievably good thin crust calabrese pizza, a pizza so good that I usually get greedy and horde a whole pizza by myself. But it´s not just the pizza, it´s 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.!
Manager has major problem! – 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!
very expensive for what you get – bad service
never going back
they seem they're doing you a favor
Rude and arrogant wait staff – 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.
Great Food, Service & Ambience – 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.
Pathetic Pizza – 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!!!
don't be intimidated by the menu....ask!! – 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!!
Great food but... horrible service, very noisy, mandatory valet parking – 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.
best pizza best service in houston – 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
Pizza, etc. – 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!
True old-world taste and real inflated price – 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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