Blissful pizza at Dolce Vita


It took us a long time to finally get to Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca, but we won’t make that same mistake before our second trip there. Located where the much-missed Marrakesh used to be (500 Westheimer Dr.), Dolce Vita is owned by Marco Wiles (of the fantastic Da Marco) and is a total neighborhood hit.

Dolce Vita has a great little wine bar (hence the ‘Enoteca’) on the first floor, along with cozy dining seating and a great patio. We sat upstairs in a small room full of windows where we really got to soak up the homey and relaxed vibe.

The menu is pretty simple – appetizers are separated into meats, cheeses and veggies, which are perfect to nosh on if you’re just there for some great wine. There are also a handful of pasta dishes to choose from and a beautiful list of specialty pizzas baked in a wood burning oven.

Our meal started out with a fresh and tasty beets, horseradish and walnuts dish and a great mint, mushroom and ricotta rosa dish. So unique and refreshing.

We went specifically for the pizza and were not disappointed whatsoever. I had the Taleggio pizza with taleggio cheese, arugula, pears and truffle oil — heavenly. My boyfriend hit the jackpot with the extra-simple no-cheese Marinara pizza with amazingly flavorful tomato sauce, oregano and fresh garlic. I can’t believe how perfect their crust and marinara sauce is. I dream about it now. It blows other Houston pizzas out of the proverbial water.

Our only complaints – I’m not a fan of valet parking only, even if it’s free (yeah, I’m cheap – but tipping some guy to park your car 1 row over is kind of silly). Take this as you will, but it also kind of bugged me when our server appeared to tack on some extra money to our credit card bill as a tip… says my bank account. Accidents happen, but it makes me want to pay cash next time — especially as the service was on the slow and inattentive side and not worth the extra $4.89.

3 Comments so far

  1. sarah (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    Sounds delicious! But I don’t much enjoy forced valet & the unauthorized tip would leave a bad taste in my mouth (especially if I had left a tip already and the service was a bit slow). Hopefully they will realize these things & make their service match their food better in the future.

  2. Natalie (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    As I started reading your review, I was getting ready to bookmark it so I could remember to check this place out, but then I realized I’d already been there! A couple friends and I stumbled across it when we were in the neighborhood (we almost decided to keep walking, actually, but some guy in uniform (the valet?) told us it was yummy and cheap), so we gave it a shot.

    I agree — their pizza is fantastic! I forget exactly which pizza I had (arugula and some sort of ham), but it was scrumptious. Very reasonably priced, too: their pizzas start at around eleven dollars, iirc.

    I’d recommend parking nearby (if you can) and walking there to avoid the valet.

  3. Hesam (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

    Oh my!! Dolce Vita is my favorite place for pizza. The tallegio pizza (with the pears and truffle oil) is simply the best.

    Natalie makes a good suggestion – there’s plenty of parking around the area. Watch out for some “no parking” signs that are around there too, though.

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