Chicago is the home of the deep dish pizza and known for its Italian cuisine. While there are plenty of restaurants for delicious pasta and pizza, there is one that stands out from the pack. Dolce Italian should be a go-to for any out-out-towner looking for a fun and delicious night on the town. It’s a great date night spot for Chicagoans and tourists alike. Dolce Italian serves up sweet and savory meals that foodies are sure to devour, no matter what city they call home.
You know you’re in good hands from the moment you step into Dolce. Located in the Godfrey Hotel, its central location makes it easy to access via public transportation (or just a short elevator ride, if you’re staying at the hotel). No matter how you get there, you’ll be greeted by a fast-moving environment that comes straight out of the open air kitchen and ends up on your plate. You can smell the authenticity of the cuisine, made by famed Chef Paolo Dorigato and served with care and expertise by the Dolce team.
Begin with wine from their list of Italian classic varietals; the staff can help match your glass to your intended meal. The custom cocktails are also delicious. Topped with prosecco and created with Aperol and Dolin Blanc, the Aranciata is a light option that is perfect for sipping while perusing the menu.
Then start your meal with the grilled octopus or the tuna crudo. You’ll want to start light to save room for a hearty main course and all the dessert you can handle. The octopus comes with a pistachio vinaigrette that leaves the seafood melting in your mouth, and the crudo is a delightful seasonal specialty.
There is no wrong choice for the main course—from pizzas to delicious handmade pastas to dishes like their whole roasted branzino touched with thyme, palermo sauce, and that special Dolce magic. In terms of pasta, the lobster mezzaluna is not to be missed. Artichokes and mushrooms give it an almost smoky, truly autumnal taste, but the creamy sauce and large pieces of lobster are what make it a stand-out dinner.
Last, but certainly not least, is the dessert menu, which is worth its own special trip to Dolce Italian. Their tiramisu is award-winning and worth every bite, and the limoncello panna cotta is so light and fluffy, you’ll want to order more than one. And you definitely deserve that extra slice.