Authentic Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita, opens on Dale Mabry

Florida is known for its Sunshine, beaches, larger than life entertainment attractions, and exceptional Cuban cuisine. One thing it is not known for is its Italian food. That perception is slowly changing, at least in Tampa.

Olivia and Rocca have wowed critics since their respective debuts. Rocca earned a perfect 5-star review from the Tampa Bay Times food critic Helen Freund. That might have sometime to do with the table side mozzarella pull (a purer art form does not exist).


Another new spot is adding to Tampa’s Italian prowess: La Dolce Vita. The restaurant offers old school authentic Italian fare. It’s garnered mostly 5-star reviews from all who have visited in its short time open.

Items of note include the Polpete con Polenta, a lunch dish of creamy cornmeal and hearty meatballs. The fried calamari has garnered equal praise.

For my money, all I can think about is the fresh Mozzarella con Carrozza.

Ample pizza and pastas appear on the menu, though I find myself salivating over the Quattro Stationi pie. This pizza is made with funghi, prosciutto, carciofi, and black olives.

The pollo limoncello might be the perfect summer dish. Since summer is endless in this state, that you means you can revel in it year-round.


La Dolce Vita is located at 3301 S Dale Mabry Hwy.

Visit La Dolce Vita’s website for updates and to browse a full menu.

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