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La Dolce Vita

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180 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P9, Canada
+1 613-233-6239
17:00 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here twice now and I've enjoyed both visits. Service is excellent, staff are very accommodating. Food is delicious, well seasoned, rich sauces, and generous portions (Bolognese, lasagna) Environment is very relaxing, clean. I will definitely be returning for a third visit.

Thank jdw862
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are so glad to see you are enjoying the food and atmosphere. We look forward to serving you again! More 

Sudbury, Canada
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything we tried during our visit was delicious, and all the food that was coming out of the kitchen and going to other tables looked fantastic as well. I would definitely eat here again, and would try anything on their menu. The owner is fantastic, he came out to sing Happy Birthday to 4 different tables while we were there... More 

Thank Stephanie L
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meals and your evening! We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I came to La Dolce Vita for dinner, largely because we found a substantial gluten free menu online. 'Gluten free' and 'delicious' do not often come in the same sentence. We ordered the manicotti and a chicken/tomato cream sauce (can't recall the name). Both were absolutely outstanding! Thank you for a DELICIOUS gluten free meal!

Thank Courtney L
Management response:

We're so glad to hear you both enjoyed your meal! Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We will be working on our Gluten Free menu in the next little while and hope to add some new goodies to the list! We hope to see you again! Paula and Chef Nelio More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We took our daughter here for her birthday. The food was fantastic and we received personal service from the new owner. There is a large gluten free menu and some of the best Italian food in the city. We will certainly be back.

Thank Grant R
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to La Dolce Vita and look forward to serving you again! Paula and Chef Nelio More 

Ottawa, Canada
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80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My Wife and I visited La Dolce Vita yesterday for the first time, and it won’t be the last! It is a quaint little restaurant with fifteen tables and an open kitchen. It is perfect for a romantic evening reminiscent of “Lady and the Tramp,” minus the checkered tablecloths, or a family dinner. Paula and Nelio purchased the restaurant last... More 

Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review! Your feedback is invaluable and will help us to create the type of experience we want all of our guests to enjoy. Please let me know the next time you plan to visit us and I will make sure I'm in! Paula and Nelio More 

Montreal, Canada
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

On a visit to Ottawa, a google search lead us to this restaurant as it had many gluten free choices. Unlike most Italian restaurants which usually have just penne with a tomato sauce, this restaurant offered cannelloni and manicotti plus others, cheesecake for dessert and many appetizers. The quality of the food was good, very flavourful. The service was excellent.... More 

Thank hola2010
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are always happy when we know our guests have left satisfied. It is our hope to offer even more options for those who are gluten intolerant in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you again! Paula and Nelio More 

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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

So I ordered a vegetarian lasagna which came with garlic bread and a side salad. The garlic bread was so badly burnt to the point of being black on the bottom it was inedible. The lasagna itself was quite sloppy, but the flavour was simply okay. I also was very excited to try my dessert of a chocolate Tartufo (remember... More 

Thank Kelli O
Management response:

Hi Kelli, We thank you for your review and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your meal overall. You are correct that the Tartufo is not one of our homemade desserts. We do make our own New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, gluten-free Chocolate Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Creme Brulé. The Orangina is sold at this price, in-house. as we... More 

Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
287 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

I've been coming to this restaurant for 30 years when it was under a different name but still carries many of the same menu items. The Five Cheese pizza is my favourite, no tomato sauce but plenty of hazelnut pesto to give it such a rich and delicious base for the tomato slices and the cheese. Check out the website... More 

Thank Grivola
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here for gluten free pizza and were surprised to find they had gluten free pasta, also! I had the gf lasagna, which was probably the best I have ever had, and my husband had gf pizza, also delicious! Great service, very sweet, friendly waitress. The chef even came out to check on us...Another place on our list... More 

1 Thank Jeanne W
Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Great food, good atmosphere. Staff is very friendly. Ingredients are fresh and the menu a lot of variety.

1 Thank WoodyInOttawa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-233-6239
We invite you to dine with us at La Dolce Vita where you will find traditional Italian cuisine served in an intimate, warm setting. We are delighted to carry on the traditional items you've come to love over the years and look forward to tempting you with some fresh new flavors, brought to you by Chef Nelio, with his flare for Mediterranean cuisine. As well, we are proud to offer options to those with special dietary needs and offer a full gluten free menu.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?