CLOSED: Dolce Vegan

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Via San Gallo, 92/r, Florence, Italy, 50129

An organic restaurant, added a raw food menu in late-2013. Also is a shop and bakery selling products that are vegan, organic, and support fair trade. CONFIRMED CLOSED, DEC 2016.

Categories: Vegan, Italian, Organic, Raw, Beer/Wine, Bakery

86 Reviews

First Review by Paddy

Very disappointing... - Edit

We expected a great place based on previous reviews but we were very disappointed by the food and the place. We order various dishes, and most of them were really bland, not well presented and defrosted. The double cheese burger was one of the worst I've ever had and I was not able to finish it. The steak was really dry and not tasty at all. The tapas were not so bad but the ravioli were bland (except for the little sauce served on them). Even the desserts were not enjoyable and too dry. The place in itself was not really pleasant. There was no decoration and we were alone that lunch. The waitress was nice, but I would never go back here.

Pros: 100% vegan

Cons: bland food, no decoration, no vibes

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So tasty! - Edit

I was in Florence for three days and I came back to Dolce vegan twice!
Is a pretty small restaurant and they don't serve at the table you have to order on the menu and give it to the lady and than take your food but there are a lot of option, is completely vegan and the food is so good! Even my non vegan friend love it, everything is homemade and really high quality!
The prices are low and is absoluty a winning for me

Pros: Tasty, Lot of option, Homemade food

Cons: No service at the table

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Not great - Edit

We went here on the recommendation of trip advisor but were quite disappointed.

It was lacking in atmosphere and the lady working there was not very friendly.

We ordered the pasta which was ok but the pie was just vegetables with sauce. We ordered two puddings, one of which was carob based and smelled and tasted off.

The portions are very small and quite expensive. Would not recommend. Also the toilet smelt horribly of damp.

Pros: Central location

Cons: Strange service

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Avoid! - Edit

We were excited to try this after some great experiences with vegan food in Firenze. However, this would not be one of them.
The system for ordering is awkward at best - you check off things on a menu that you want and the counter person reviews with you. You then pick your food up at the counter.
Despite this our wine & second course we're still forgotten. The wine I should've left it forgotten because it was awful - I should've just drank some vinegar. We waited a while until the counter person remembered we had dessert, also something to avoid as it was carob based (why not real chocolate?!?! Chocolate is vegan). I let her know she forgot my main course, to which she halfheartedly offered to make a new one. I declined.
The gnocchi was "okay." The lasagna was not.

We are both service industry veterans so usually are pretty forgiving, but this was awful. Happy Cow won't let us give less than two stars but if we could we would.

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Forgot orders even tho written down, Unfriendly staff, Bad food

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The app wouldn't let me give less than two stars - Edit

I feel so bad giving a negative review, especially of a vegan place but I feel that I have to because the food was so bad. Me (vegan) and my vegan friend brought two carnist friends here and for one of them it was her first vegan experience and now they are both so turned off of vegan food. It is restaurants like this that give vegan food a bad reputation. I had the "cheeseburger", basically a bland vegetable patty, weird tomato sauce, gross bread that fell apart and maybe like a drop of cheese. Next I had papardelle ragu (not even what I wanted but they were somehow sold out of over half the menu). It was cold and just not tasty. The only redeeming factor was the Vegusto brand parmigian cheese garnishing the pasta but you could just buy it yourself at the store and make a much better pasta at home. Next we had dessert (don't know why we didn't just leave at this point) which was some type of carob tart (WHY WHY WHY is a carob a thing, JUST EAT CHOCOLATE!! The carob sauce formed a weird goop on top of a bland pie crust) and a tiramisu (which literally had no flavor and just tasted like cold gel), both were 100% sugar free (which I wish I would have noticed on the menu before we sat down, why do vegan restaurants feel the need to be sugar/gluten free, organic, raw whatever please just keep it about ethics and keep the dumb health fads out of it, this is why people think vegan food is gross!!). And at the end our bill for 4 people was 65€. Biggest waste of money and such a terrible experience. Also want to mention that they were playing animal planet on a huge tv dominating the restaurant showing animal buttholes and weird footage (just why?) ugh just don't go here go to veggy days instead or universo vegano.

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Very very good - Edit

I have been there once, food is good, the place is nice.
Nothing wrong about it.

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The Best eating place in Florence - Edit

If you go there try their vegan lasagna - it is incredible, the best lasagna I've ever had.
But actually all the dishes are delicious.
Good choice for raw and vegan visitors.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly atmosphere

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Not good not bad - Edit

I've only tried one of the seitan dishes here, the portion was rather small for the price and the seitan itself didn't taste like much. It didn't taste bad though. The vegetables were tasty as well as the bread.
I didn't eat dessert but it looked fresh and tasty too. The service was friendly but the menu is only in Italian and I didn't like the fact that they didn't help me read it but I had to ask for help and even then, it seemed to be too difficult for them to explain me the main things.
Apart from that it's a beautiful place and now that I now how everything works there I would probably go there again to try something else.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, vegan

Cons: little overpriced (as it's self-service), menu in Italian and a bit confusing

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A restaurant agains violence - Edit

This restaurant doesn't just use no animal ingredients, it actually informs all guests about veganism.
The ravioli were just great. 5 out of 5 stars for those. They have vegusto Swiss cheese.
But the mixed salad was a bit boring and there was no dressing. I'd expect more from a restaurant that also serves raw food. It was just lettuce, sprouts and carrots. No nuts, oils, dressing etc. It could be much more creative.
I like carob so I also liked the carob cake.
The form to order is a bit confusing if two people want the same dish but different sides. But there is an English translation, and it's fast to order and pay. Perfect for lunch.

Pros: fast, great pasta

Cons: boring salad

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hearty food - Edit

Self service place where you tick the boxes on the menu sheet and hand it up to the counter. They then bring out your food when it's ready and you go and get it yourself. Nice homely food, would recommend if you want something simple but tasty for lunch or dinner.

Pros: good location, simple but tasty food , kind staff

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**** - Edit

Tasty burgers and good desserts.

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Great for lunch or dinner - Edit

Had lunch at Dolce Vegan today and it was quite good. It's a mid-size place with a variety of first and seconds and desserts; additional raw options are also available. You order the food by taking the menu and a pencil and noting what you want, and then giving it to someone behind the counter. I had raw spaghetti, mixed vegetables, and a salad, my friend had the vegan burger. It was all tasty and staff were friendly. I bought a vegan t-shirt and took some pamphlets. Next time I think I'll try one of the vegan pasta options, and perhaps a dessert. This is a cool little place well worth a visit.

Pros: Fast service, tasty, healthy food, nice people

Cons: None, Dolce Vegan is good value.

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Good healthy vegan food :) - Edit

We went twice, first only to have some deserts and second time to have a dinner, we went out full and happy :) would recommend this place for sure.

Pros: Good food, nice atmosphere, very nice and helpfull

Cons: The menu only in italian, a bit confusing , to order

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casual vegan - Edit

We came for dinner on our last night in Florence. You order at the counter by filling out a form. It was only in Italian, so we had to double check on a few things with the waitress. We got the lasagna and ravioli with seitan ragu as mains with potatoes and veggies as sides. It was very good. We ordered the tiramisu and coconut cheesecake for dessert. The tiramisu was good, but the cheesecake was all coconut. I would not call it cheesecake. The space was basic with a video of animals playing while you sat and ate. We also saw some people coming to pick up their to-go orders. Good, but not great.

Pros: all vegan, vegan versions of Italian dishes

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Good food - Edit

Good tasty fulfilling meals. My non-vegan friend recommends the ravioli. I thoroughly enjoyed the shanti burger and cheesecake after. Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly waitress.

Cons: Menu mostly in italian

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Subpar vegan far - Edit

I hate giving a negative review for a vegan restaurant but also want to be honest. For me, this just wasn't good, even though I wanted to love it. I ordered €70 worth of food so that I could get a real sample of their menu. This reminds me of where California vegan cuisine was 10 years ago. The veggie burgers had good flavor but no texture other than soft. The lasagna was too creamy, but not bad. The seitan scampi wasn't great, either. I enjoyed my side veggies, salad and potatoes but that was it. The desserts weren't great, either. In the display case they had a really good looking panna cota but what the served me wasn't what was shown in the display case. I got a hard piece of what seemed like tofu with some sauce on it. So confused. My husband said the only thing that was good was the beer, the company and the video of baby animals playing on the flat screen. Sad to say that I agreed :(

Pros: All vegan, Serves beer, Air con/wi fi

Cons: Food wasn't great, No table service, Expensive for what you get

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nice - Edit

Great pasta!!! No table service, seems yo be an italian thing...
Pet friendly!

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Amazing - Edit

Amazing service and meal.


Dolce Chocloate cake was a little too sweet for me.

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Good vegan restaurant, great desserts - Edit

Though this does not match in any way the gourmet vegan restaurants that are found in New York City (and the service is casual - fill out a form and pick it up at the counter when called), it was quite good for what we find in many locations. The menu has a variety of burgers (something the gourmet vegan restaurants do not focus on so much) and some pasta dishes. I did enjoy the whole wheat pasta with the vegan cream sauce (carbonara vegana) very much. The desserts are excellent, and the Tiramisu was superb, and it outdid the Tiramisu that I had in one of the best vegan restaurants in NY. It was amazing there, though too sweet, and here the sweetness was better balanced, the flavor sublime.

Pros: pleasant staff, good food, great desserts

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perfect for travelers - Edit

Can't believe I was lucky enough to visit this place. Great desserts and ravioli. Plus the people are extremely friendly. Self serve

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Excellent vegan resource - Edit

Dolce Vegan had the best selection of vegan desserts I found in Florence - including tiramisu. The little shop was the only place I found Musculo di Grano seitan for sale so it was great to stock up before I left Italy.

Pros: Desserts, Choice, Shop

Cons: Location - a bit remote, Expensive, Not open late afternoon

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Excellent! - Edit

The food was wonderful, between the two of us we got three plates all were very, very good. So far this would have to be our favorite vegan spot in Florence (admittedly we've not hit them all yet, but don't worry we will). The girl at the counter made an excellent recommendation upon request - it was a pasta dish with seitan-based sauce; the eggplant parm was also VERY good. Also, it seemed like the food was ready before we even got to sit down. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great food, Great service, Friendly staff

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Great vegan take on traditional Italian favourites - Edit

This lovely modern cafe and shop has a great menu of vegan takes of traditional Italian favourites including lasagne. The desserts are divine - try the tiramisu.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Few tables

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Good, but strange service. - Edit

Great food, interesting selection of Italian classics (i.e. ravioli) and nice looking place - but the amount of food could be better. I am very happy i ordered both 1st and 2nd course, something i normally never do.

If you're on a budget such as i, you probably would consider this place somewhat expensive. At least in the higher end of mid-range.

As mentioned in a review further down, the service of this place is somewhat weird (half self-service, half restaurant). I'm sure Dolce Vegan has made this choice for some good reason, but if they just changed that little thing, i'd definately rate it 5 stars instead.

Pros: Great taste, Great menu, Good location

Cons: Weird service

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Great food, divine desserts - Edit

I visited Dolce Vegan twice during my brief stay in Florence, and wish i could've gone more. The menu offers a refreshingly diverse array of options, from raw creations to classic comfort foods. Personally, i appreciate both, and i enjoy having the option to mix and match. On this count, out of the many good veggie restaurants we tried in Florence, Dolce Vegan wins for variety.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, i'd recommend both the 'cheese'cake and the tiramisu.

Note that, though HappyCow states they are open till midnight, they only take orders until about 11:30 (maybe earlier).

Enjoy!

Pros: all vegan, Good variety, including great desserts, reasonable prices

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Great take away - Edit

We stopped here on the way back to our hotel, and were pleasantly surprised. The server was friendly and very helpful. Their menu is really big! Everything is vegan, which is always a huge plus. We had cheese, salted veggies, fettucini and lasagna. Everything was really good. The cheese was a bit pricey, but the other food seemed to be fairly priced. One thing important to note- if you get take away and are staying in a hotel, they do NOT have plastic silverware! However, the little shop next door does :) We definitely recommend stopping here!

Pros: Great food, Helpful staff, Good location

Cons: Prices a bit high, No plastic silverware for take away

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Good food - Edit

I was there twice during my stay in Florence. The food was very good, especially the desserts. The second time I was there, I had the Vegan cheese burger, which was very tasty but a bit small.
But all in all, I liked it a lot, I am always happy to find all- vegan restaurants. And the staff was very friendly :)

*It's not possible to pay with card under €10- a definitive minus
Updated from previous review on Sunday March 30, 2014

Pros: Palm oil free, Gluten- free options, Very friendly staff

Cons: Can't pay with card under €10

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