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Hip Hollywood-We picked DOLCE

Cat'sChow | Dec 9, 200412:38 AM

Well, we had been to so many of everyone's wonderful suggestions but chose Dolce for a new experience.

Everyone was super friendly and not a hint of snobbery...in fact, EVERY one of the 8 people with whom we had contact from entry to wine ordering was incredibly talkative and warm.

All 3 of us started out with various salads which had nice slices of quality cheeses on each.

Had pumpkin ravioli which was wonderful; another had whole wheat penne with veggies which was yummy; and then a special: risotto w/white truffles which was quite good.

Shared 2 bottles of Far Niente Chardonnay '02 which was marvelous. Ended with 3 decaf capps, and one OUTSTANDING chocolate souffle. We were on cloud nine and loving our experience and girls' night out. That is, until the check arrived....

.hmmm, our wine was $70/bottle, and entrees on the menu averaged $18-22. (3 risotto dishes on the menu were around $21) Yet the special risotto, which one of us ordered, was a whopping $85! yep, $85!! Not a peep from our waiter as to the substantial cost differential from the rest of the menu. I felt this unprofessional and a underhanded considering our wine was less expensive than the entree and the average entrees were substantially less. Having just returned from Florence where we had a white truffle dish which was around $40, we were FLOORED.

The restaurant was great, but give me a fricken break. $85 for RICE? The delta between this dish and the rest on the menu warranted a heads up in my opinion. I felt so taken advantage of and told them so. We got some lame response (didn't want to insult you...to which I replied "you don't insult someone with the prices when they are ordering bottles of $200 wine, but when the entree exceeds the price of the bottle...) He didn't get it.

Anyway, it left a pretty bad taste in our mouths. We still tipped well and the rest of the experience was quite nice, but I'd think twice from going again for anything other than drinks.

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