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La dolce vita

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216 rue de Thizy | 69400, 69400, Villefranche-sur-Saone, France
+33 4 74 65 00 43
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Great food. Wonderful service. Great place for authentic Italian meals. Western travellers to France should look this place up.

1 Thank 290timothyb
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Unbelievable authentic Italian food in Villefranche-sur-Saone. Visited for my birthday with friends and wasn't disappointed. The food was very tasty and well presented. The host was excellent and made us feel welcome... she even arranged for her husband (the chef) to give us a lift home! Small family run, authentic Italian and a great evening. Many thanks for your fantastic... More 

Thank Paulo R
Pasquale F, Propriétaire at La dolce vita, responded to this review

thank you friends!! Have a good stay here in France and train your italian language! A kiss to mr Deejay, Mr Irish stew and Zucchero! Arrivederci. Stéphanie and Pasquale More 

Pilton, UK
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This looks an assuming cafe in a quiet street, but we had a very warm welcome from a great host, and some really excellent food. All homemade, fresh and delicious. The menu changes every 3 months, but if you visit soon, try the cappuccino of baby octopus cooked in ink with mashed potato to start - you won't be disappointed!... More 

1 Thank J0_RW
Weybridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015 via mobile

We were a group of 17 (8 adults and 9 children) stopping off in Villefranche for a night en route to skiing in the alps. Having done this 2 years ago and had a bad dining experience elsewhere we were in search of something more special. And we found it. Valentines night and they closed the restaurant for us (only... More 

Thank Mark T
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

On an overnight in Villefranche and happened upon this unassuming restaurant whilst walking our giant schnauzer - we were all made very welcome and had an amazing meal, steak was superb!! Really would recommend, our hostess was absolutely lovely and good was amazing.

2 Thank AnnamayNard
Lacenas, France
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This is a small restaurant, the look of the place is quite simple both outside and inside. The lady welcomes you with some italian words and make you feel confortable straight away. There are only 4 menus (starting around 25€ up to 40€) and not an very big carte. Lets make it straight, this is not a place to come... More 

3 Thank Patawaf
Montvale, New Jersey
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79 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2013 via mobile

I have lived in VSS for a while now and have walked past the restaurant often. I never saw anyone in it, so discarded it. Based on the reviews I had lunch there the other day and was impressed. Fresh, home made Gnocchi in tomatoesauce as the main dish. The appetizer was brilliant, the supplied actico balsamico one of the... More 

6 Thank Thore4869
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2013

We had such a warm welcome and the food was truly delicious and all home made. You won't get typical fast food pizza or bolognase type dishes but you will enjoy traditional italian dishes with good quality ingredients. We felt that the owners really cared that we should eat things we would like. Good value too. We left smiling and... More 

4 Thank Celia B
Storrington, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2013 via mobile

We have had a lovely lunch. There is a choice of the daily menu or a la carte, or a combination of both. We were fortunate to have tomato soup on the daily menu and is was the best tomato soup ever. The service was excellent and very helpful as English was spoken (we are working on our French). We... More 

3 Thank A319
London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2012 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant with a great welcome and truly lovely food. The rest of my family are vegetarian and when this was mentioned they got some really nice food as a starter. The reviews on here are correct and this is simply one of the nicest Italian restaurants around and I have spent lots of time in Italy.... More 

4 Thank Blasterchris

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$39
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 rue de Thizy | 69400, 69400, Villefranche-sur-Saone, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes  >  Rhone  >  Villefranche-sur-Saone
  • Phone Number: +33 4 74 65 00 43

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?