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Southwark has been blessed by the authentic Italian cuisine of La Dolce Vita for many, many years. Locals know that this London Road restaurant is the place to go for some lunchtime lasagna, while evening diners are treated to a full, classically-structured Italian dining experience. To round off what is already a proper Italian culinary journey, there’s a real chance you’ll get to chat with the owner, who makes a point of serving diners himself. With traditional dishes and hospitality, plus affordable, free-flowing wine, La Dolce Vita has certainly brought the sweet life to the streets of south London.
A truly authentic family concern, even down to one of the wines coming from the proprietor's family vineyard in The Veneto. We had, respectively, a massive sea bream, a chicken special and an overwhelming stuffed mushroom, all of them beautifully cooked to order. The décor is slightly faded, but seems to give the restaurant atmosphere and it was evident that the other customers arriving early on a Monday evening were regulars and, probably, locals. Handy for Southwark Playhouse and the Old Vic. We will be back!
Visited Sunday pre-theatre Southwark Playhouse. Well looked after by the owner and specials of the day were very good. House wine from Puglia region was fine both red and white. Service prompt and restaurant pristine. Wall prints and pictures gave a pleasant aura though chairs and tables in aluminium lent a slightly institutional feel. Altogether recommended.
Why not begin your meal at Southwark’s La Dolce Vita the traditional way, with a selection from the antipasti menu? There’s homemade bread for a start, plus mushrooms stuffed with ricotta and spinach, the colourful insalata tricolore (a salad that waves the flag for Italy), and La Dolce Vita’s signature Don Giovanni Bools – whole balls of mozzarella cheese filled with dolcelatte, mushrooms, tomato sauce, basil and garlic. Soups up next, and the soup of the day is always a good bet at this London Road Italian restaurant.
Next, you can take La Dolce Vita’s pasta dishes as a main course if you wish, with spaghetti vongole (with clams in a white wine sauce) or perhaps a traditional Sicilian pasta dish with aubergine, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Naturally, La Dolce Vita prepares some of the best pizza in the Southwark area, and while locals to London Road know that these are a surefire way to take the effort out of a night in (takeaway is always an option), there’s nothing better than sitting down in this traditional Italian restaurant with a slice of the best and a glass of red at your elbow. Experience La Dolce Vita in London – book now.