Well, I went to Dolce. My conclusion: vastly overrated. My prediction: the restaurant won't exist three years from now.
Getting the reservation was difficult even on a Thursday evening at 7:30. It turned out the restaurant was 70% empty when we arrived and 40% empty when we left. Do they intentionaly claim not to have tables even when they do?
I noticed when I left that there's a velvet rope out front that prevents those without reservations from even entering the restaurant. The fact that restauranteurs are importing the completely infuriating policies of LA club owners is thoroughly disgusting.
The interior of the place is unfortunate -- unfortunate because they destroyed the rather nice interior of the former Carafe (which, I believe -- but am not certain about -- was imported entirely from France). The place is black, very black, with uncomfortable little booths that struggle to seat four. The lighting is harsh. Decorative fluorishes include live flames that rise up from behind the bar. Classy.
I found the menu completely conventional -- nearly the same as any of a hundred Italian restaurants in LA. I had some perfectly acceptable gnochi with pesto and a veal milanaise. The veal was properly done, marinated in a bit of cognac, but I could have made this dish as well myself in about 15 minutes.
Mediocre food with attitude. Let's hope it dies soon.