With the charm and fine Italian fare that has made it such a success in its original Miami Beach location, Dolce brings "la dolce vita" to Chicago with its fresh take on Italian classics like homemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, antipasti, and the restaurant’s signature, Veal Milanese. Dolce is all about socializing and indulging in the hospitable charm of the Italian dining culture -- guests are encouraged to get caught up in the effortless elegance of Fellini’s Rome of the 1960s, lingering over an Aperol spritz or a barrel-aged Negroni at the bar or on the outdoor patio overlooking the luxury shopping district, or enjoying a sublimely Italian meal in the dining room or private space. The contemporary elegance of The Godfrey Hotel complements Dolce’s warm, inviting ambiance and balanced blend of sleek and rustic design elements.
Hosted by chef and restauranteur Tom Colicchio, the series pitted 16 restaurants from New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Austin against one another with each being judged on not only the dishes they served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept. In the end, our Dolce took home the title as well as an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at America’s number one global food festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit 2015, and $100,000.
Opened January 2013, Miami Herald three-star Dolce Italian is an inviting café and restaurant located at the Gale South Beach. The mozzarella bar takes center stage, featuring made to order mozzarella dishes, while Italian-born executive chef Paolo Dorigato’s menu of updated Italian classics includes perfectly made pastas such as the Pappardelle alla Bolognese, brimming with braised beef, veal and pork, a rich seafood risotto loaded with shrimp, scallops and calamari and a simply sublime Spaghetti al Pomodoro. Main plates include lemony roasted branzino, succulent roasted chicken and veal Milanese served with arugula salad and Tuscan fries.