Supper with Sylvia – Dolce Italian

By October 2, 2015On Sylvia's Mind

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. It’s called Dolce. Have you been? If the answer is no, you are definitely going to want to add it to your “must try” list.


(photo: Barry Brecheisen)

Where do I begin? Okay, how about this. Every course they brought out was amazing. Dolce is a sister restaurant to an award winning hot spot in Miami by the same name. It recently took the 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 all crammed together so you don’t feel like you’re sitting in your neighbors lap.



(all food photos: Joel Hernandez)

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’s 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.


Startufata pizzaThe 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. All 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 dinning spots anywhere but especially in Chicago. It truly is one of the best restaurant cities around.






Sylvia Perez

About Sylvia Perez

Sylvia Perez is an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, news and health reporter, and major market anchor. Her expertise in revealing the personal side of headline stories and drawing their impact into “news you can use” viewership is now the foundation of Sylvia Perez Productions, a multi-faceted company specializing in video production and event planning for non-profits.


  • Cyndi says:

    Sylvia loving your new projects and so enjoy reading your blogs. I would love the opportunity for you to visit our small family owned (non-corporate) little restaurant on Taylor Street. So often us mom and pop shops get overlooked for the bigger corporate establishments and it would be refreshing to have a little “love”.

    If you might be interested, please let me know via email, so we can chat. If I do not hear from you, I totally understand and will still enjoy reading your blog.


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