La Dolce Vita
Finding a restaurant with as much history as La Dolce Vita has is rare. Being able to sit where Frank Sinatra once did is also rare. Luckily for me, I hit two birds with one stone during my Friday night dinner in Beverly Hills.
Established in 1966, La Dolce Vita is a cozy Italian restaurant full of Hollywood stories. Upon entering, you'll notice how intimate the restaurant is, from the lighting to the service you won't be left unnoticed. The staff is certainly on top of things and are eager to share amazing stories of famous Hollywood stars who used/still frequent the joint.
KSOLE and I started our evening with a glass of wine, followed by appetizers and fresh bread. We were placed in Frank Sinatra's favorite booth, what an honor that was. Each booth had a name plaque of the stars that would often sit at those tables. It was hard to narrow down our main entree course as everything sounded delicious, but I had to go with the traditional spaghetti and meatballs while KSOLE had a dish filled with an assortment of delicious seafood. We were both thoroughly satisfied with our picks and ended the night with dessert, espresso (for him) and press coffee (for me).
Starters: scampi and vongole oreganta
- Scampi: sautéed shrimp with garlic, white wine and lemon
- Vongole oreganta: fresh littleneck clams roasted with herbs, breadcrumbs and finished with white wine broth
Entrees: Polpette Di Vitelo and Summer (seafood) dish - forgot the actual name
- Polpette Di Vitello: slow cooked veal meatballs with spaghetti, tossed in classic marinara sauce
- Summer (seafood) dish: shrimp, crab, lobster, snow peas in yellow tomato broth
Desserts: Tiramisu and cinnamon donut holes with vanilla ice cream (forgot the actual name of this one too)
Parking was easy, with plenty of street parking available, as well as a lot. I highly suggest making reservations! This place is certainly great for date nights and don't forget to ask the waiters for a story or two.