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Dolce Italian to Open at the W Philadelphia in Center City

Marilyn Johnson

Dolce Italian by LDV Hospitality will open to the public at 1439 Chestnut Street, on the ground floor of the new W Hotel Philadelphia, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The restaurant will offer elevated yet approachable Italian cuisine in Center City. Dolce Italian is the hospitality group’s second restaurant concept to hit Philadelphia; the other is Scarpetta.

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Dolce Italian at the W Philadelphia.W Philadelphia

Led by Executive Chef Terry White, a nationally renowned chef within the Philadelphia culinary scene, Dolce Italian will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving authentic and seasonally inspired Italian dishes.

“We’re thrilled to finally open our doors to guests in Philadelphia,” says Chef White, previously with LDV Hospitality at Dolce Mare in Atlantic City. “This concept delivers a unique offering and contemporary environment that will complement the city’s robust culinary scene.”

Visible from the street, the bar aims to connect the restaurant with the vibrancy of Center City, featuring espresso and coffee service by-day and specialty Italian-inspired aperitifs, cocktails, and digestifs by night.

Breakfast highlights include the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Savory Croissant, and Egg White Frittata paired with a bold Cappuccino or Latte. For lunch, the Startufata pizza, Risotto Al Frutti di Mare and Eggplant Parmigiana, are among the favorites.  And, in the evening, signature plates like Veal Milanese, Whole Branzino, and Veal Ossobucco Tortelli headline the menu.

“Dolce’s interior is equally as approachable as its menu. Complementary, yet distinct from the hotel experience, the mid-century classic Italian design of the space speaks to the timeless narrative of the restaurant concept,” says Lynn Rinaldi, General Manager at Dolce Italian. “The choice of materials are all localized nods to Philadelphia, while signature accents showcase a more contemporary influence.”

The restaurant’s indoor seating can accommodate 127 guests (as COVID-19 restrictions allow), in addition to a private dining space that can accommodate up to 12 seated guests.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served Tuesdays–Saturdays from 7:00 AM-9:30 PM with a limited Pizza & Antipasti Menu available at the bar from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be available on Sundays from 7:00 AM-2:30 PM. Dolce will be closed on Mondays.

Reservations can be made via OpenTable or directly through Dolce Italian’s website.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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