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Sep 12, 2006 05:53 PM

[HOU] DaMarco, Arcodoro, or Dolce Vida

Have you been to any or all of them. Which do you prefer?

DaMarco always is at the top of 'best of' lists all the time.

A friend from Rome says the closest thing to Roman type italian we have here in Houston is Arcodoro.

I really want to try Dolce Vida but have heard so many negative comments about their service.

Any first hand experiences with any of them.

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  1. I haven't been to Arcodoro in Houston, but the original in Dallas highlights its Sardinian dishes. Maybe the Houston restaurant has more Roman specialties?

    Arcodoro/Dallas serves some above-average food, but I don't go out of my way to eat there.

    1. Do go to Dolce Vida. The time we went, our waiter was attentive and professional. and the food shouldn't be missed, especially all the interesting appetizers. (You will be amazed to find out how much you like Brussels sprouts.)

      Of course the difference between Dolce Vida and DaMarco is the difference between "casual" and "fine dining'. Each is great in its own way.

      I've never been to Arcodoro, so can't address that.

      1. I have only been to La Dolce Vida and had a wonderful experience. Was there with husband, parents (mid sixties) and grandmother (mid eighties). My grandmother can be incredibly difficult at restaurants. (I often double the tip.) We had wonderful service and incredible food. I was worried it would be too hip and noisy for her, but she really wants to go back. Everyone had a great time and loved the food.

        1. Thank you all. It looks like La Dolce Vida is our choice. I'll let you know how it went.

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          1. re: tlegray

            Just wanted to report back on our trip/visit to La Dolce Vita. It was wonderful. We will definitely be going back again and soon....daughter wants to go.

            My biggest worry was service and it couldn't have been better. Waitstaff was attentive without being pushy or making us feel like we were being rushed.

            As for the food. It reminded us of our recent trip to Italy. When I saw the menu it reminded me of so many things we saw and ate while in Italy. It was hard deciding what to order.

            My husband had the brussel sprout appetizer. It was like an Italian cole slaw. It looked like there were radishes in it and it tasted like it had some sort of dry cheese. I don't think it had any type of dressing. It was just so fresh and delicious. I ordered the arugala salad with roasted tomatoes. Heavenly. I could eat this everyday. For entrees: Hubby ordered the margherita pizza. We'd heard so much about it. It tasted like the ones we had in Rome. I ordered all appetizers because it reminded me of Pienza and our lunches there. Prosciutto ham, pecorino cheese, and pizza bianco. They were all very good. The pizza bianco was my favorite.

            I don't know that I would order the pecorino again. I had asked if it was pecorino fresca and was told it was but it was actually secco. It was delicious none the less just not what I would have paired with the pizza and prosciutto.

            They offer an adequate selection of wines and we were pleased with our choices. Hubby ordered a chianti classico and I ordered an abruzzo.

            They also had a lamb and pasta dish that looked the next table. We'll try that next time. I'm just not sure what we'd leave out from our first visit to fit in another entree.