“La Dolce Vita” in Italian means “the sweet life,” a good life full of pleasure and indulgence. In Castle Pines, the restaurant La Dolce Vita, off Castle Pines Parkway, is a fun and inviting, family friendly, Italian restaurant that provides good eats for a reasonable price.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by friendly, smiling faces and seated at a table, so things were off to a good start. It’s easy to see that patrons feel welcome as the servers chat with you in an unpretentious way.

The décor, though perhaps a bit on the theatrical side, is still fun and quaint, reminiscent of a Tuscan village. Classic Rat Pack music plays quietly as you peruse the pages of the menu. On Friday and Saturday nights, they showcase a live singer, that provides entertainment for the family.

Erin was our server and was extremely friendly and helpful when we asked questions on their rather extensive list of dining choices. Having arrived for Happy Hour and seated in the bar area, we took advantage of the cheaper prices on some small plates and half price cocktails, wine and beer.

Small plates range from $5-$7, so we decided to try  Sausage and Peppers, Mozzarella Caprese, and calamari, which is always essential for an Italian restaurant to serve. The Sausage and Peppers and Caprese salad were delicious.

Veal La Dolce Vita when it arrived at the table...
Veal La Dolce Vita when it arrived at the table…

After learning their customer favorites from Erin, I was encouraged to order Veal La Dolce Vita for the main course. However, when the food arrived, the taste was pallatable, and more time could have been spent on the presentation.

I would suggest La Dolce Vita as an experience for a family with kids. It’s a great place to bring the youngsters with the entertaining atmosphere and on Sundays, they eat free.

We want to give them a pat on the back for the great selection of food choices for even the pickiest of eaters.