Little Italy smack dab in Dallas

Upon arrival of the Mediterranean villa style entryway, french doors opened for us greeted by a man in a well dressed suit, giving us a warm welcome into the establishment. Much like the rest of the Hardwood district, much went into the interior. The dinning room with whitewashed brick, white linen table clothes and blue checkered offsets with the chairs, Venetian glass chandeliers, and velvet and sateen cushions. With as much research and study that went into the decor I could only pray that the food would have been given as much thought.


Dolce Riviera hired a chef from Italy who trained in Milan and worked at the now-closed Fiamma Osteria in New York. The menu is based off costal Italy, meaning lots of fish dishes (which is right up my alley). Olives and focaccia and hunks of parmesan are presented as palate openers along with a really good extra virgin olive oil. I of course started with the crispy fried calamari which was light and perfectly done in my opinion. I came in with the intention of getting my favorite dish the veal Milanese but as soon as I saw they offered a whole Bronzino I had to indulge. The whole fish, tender and moist with lemon and a hint of white wine and thyme was perfect for the already flavorful fish. So happy with my dinner selection. Now onto desert which was BY FAR my favorite about my night out was the tiramisu. Served in a martini glass with dark cacao from rim to rim,was not only to die for but the presentation was just as on point!


Over all the experience was great. Our server was knowledgeable, the wine list was well thought out (kinda overpriced but, I get it) and the food was well enjoyed. Dolce Riviera is the perfect date night spot with a great ambiance. Definitely worth checking out! And remember to #Dressresponsibly


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