By: Silvia Perez
Chicago has no shortage of Italian restaurants. Yet there always seems to be word of a new one opening up. I was hearing a lot of buzz about this Italian restaurant in River North located inside the Godfrey Hotel called, Dolce. Have you been? If the answer is no, you are definitely going to want to add it to your “must try” list.
Where do I begin? Okay, how about this. Every course they brought out was AMAZING.
Dolce is a sister restaurant to award-winning Miami hot spot with the same name. The restaurant recently took top prize on Bravo TV’s Best New Restaurant. This location is certainly working hard to make sure Dolce Chicago keeps up that reputation. The decor is hip and pretty, but the best thing is the layout is very spacious. The tables aren't crammed together so you don't feel like you’re sitting on your neighbors lap.
We pretty much tried one of everything. It’s what I like to do. But we had a big group and we all shared. Here are a few things you should definitely order:
The Bruschetta came with three different toppings. The restaurant prides itself on using seasonally focused foods and local ingredients. So it's always changing. The fresh burrata, tomatoes, vegetables and prosciutto were accompanied with a delicious balsamic on a perfectly toasted crostini.
The Neapolitan pizza stood out. We went with two different toppings. The tartufata with spicy salami and truffle oil and the contadina topped with fresh vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and peppers. The crust was perfect and did not overwhelm the flavors.
One of my absolute favorite items on the menu is the grilled octopus with chickpeas, farro and pistachio vinaigrette. I could just go there and eat this alone. But that would not be good because then I’d miss out on the other tasty items like the Dolce meatballs, just to name a few.
Hold on, we haven't even gotten to the main course options yet. The pasta is homemade and delicious. We shared a few, but the fettuccine alla bolognese stood out. I have heard the seafood is quite good. I'll save that for my next trip.
I forgot to mention the cocktails. If you just want to pop in for a quick drink and appetizers, the bar is very inviting and roomy. The mixologists are helpful in steering you in the right direction. Finally – dessert. Oh wait! I didn't have any. After hearing about what I just ate I'm sure you understand there was no room left. But overall, everyone else seemed to enjoy the desserts and, really, the whole experience.
It’s definitely worth a date night with your special someone or a group of friends. Word is still getting out about Dolce so you might be able to snag a reservation with a few days notice. But hurry, it won’t be long, if it’s not already too late before this place is so packed you’ll be waiting weeks to get in.
Do you have any suggestions for "Supper with Sylvia?" Let me know. I love trying new dining spots anywhere, but especially, in Chicago. It truly is one of the best restaurant cities around.
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Photos courtesy of Dolce