It's been a good 3-4 years since I've eaten at La Dolce Vita, mainly because we moved out of the city centre into rural Leicestershire 3 years ago and there are enough good options out in the Shire to save journeying into the city centre.
Having been confident enough to state that this was the best Italian we'd had in Leicester after trying numerous others but always falling back to eating at LDV as our favourite, we had high hopes for another great meal.
Partly down to my choice of main and partly down to just something I can't quite put my finger on, it seems like a bit of the old magic has gone. There wasn't anything you could point at and catagorically state it was poor, in fact my goats cheese wrapped in vine leaves was a great dish and one I'd have again without hesitation.
The prices aren't unreasonable and the service is always good (or has been every time we've been there) so I can't really moan about anything in isolation. Aside from the starter, the veal main was fine albeit a bit of a leftfield choice for me and not something I'd have again despite it being cooked perfectly adequately (chips were excellent mind), my wife's steak looked good and she was happy enough whilst the tiramasu was ok but nothing special.
So whats happened? I'm not sure
Would I go back? I think so but not with the same excitement or anticipation we did this time
Would I recommend LDV? Just about but I can't help thinking that there must be better Italian options available in the City it's just that after 3 years living outside the city, I don't know where!
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