Featured Business: Dolce Vita Pizza

5/31/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Featured Business, Foodie
Dolce Vita Pizza
Dolce Vita Pizza
Dolce Vita Pizza
Dolce Vita Pizza
Dolce Vita Pizza
Dolce Vita Pizza

Inspired by his dad’s 40+ years in the restaurant industry, Shpat Ramadani decided to open his own Kenosha eatery: Dolce Vita Pizza. “This was my dream, so I’m happy,” Shpat says. Dolce Vita brings delicious, high quality New York style slices to Kenosha. “We’re bringing to the table what Kenosha doesn’t have – by the slice,” he says. Ideally located just off Interstate 94 near many hotels, stores, and hospitals, Dolce Vita opened on November 28, 2015, after many months of renovations to the building that used to house another pizza place. It was the location that Shpat always said he would buy one day.

Shpat, whose family is from Albania, was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He went to school in Albania and spent time in Florida and New Jersey before settling in Kenosha. “It’s a wonderful place to grow a family,” he says. He’s married to a local doctor, Sarah Ramadani. Dolce Vita translates to “sweet life”. When he goes back home to Albania, he sees various businesses with similar names. His friend owns a pizzeria there named Dolce Vita, and Shpat had told him he would name his own place that. In addition to a history of his dad owning Kenosha restaurants, he has family throughout the country that owns pizzerias. “We know pizza very well,” he says. He notes Albania’s proximity to Italy and that flavor profiles are often similar.

The pizza is New York style: hand-tossed, triangle cut, folded in half to eat. It’s sold by the slice, in one or two piece combos, and full size pizzas. Gluten free crust is available. Eight different varieties of pizza are available by the slice each day; the wait time is not long at all for the cooking process to be completed once you pick your flavor. Nana’s Pizza is the most popular (fresh mozzarella, fresh garlic marinated with extra virgin olive oil, marinara sauce, and fresh basil). Shpat’s favorite is Spinach & Feta Cheese. Other flavors include BBQ Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Parmesan, Margarita, and many more.

The dough, sauce, cheesecake, cannoli cream, buns, and more are made in house. Very few items are not, such as the appetizers. Shpat orders the popular jumbo party wings special from Milwaukee – they are large, bone-in, Kosher wings. Boneless wings are also available. Calzones are the most popular non-pizza item on the menu. Shpat brags they have the “biggest calzones in town”. A variety of calzones and strombolis are sold, and you can also create your own. Salads, subs, wraps, and desserts are also offered.

“We’re open for business,” Shpat says. The place is family-friendly. Dine-in, pickup, and delivery services are available. Delivery distance is officially within seven miles – though exceptions are made. There’s an outdoor patio (which sold him on the location) with a fireplace and a grill for cookouts. Customers can enjoy a relaxing visit outside with locally roasted organic coffee. Off-site catering is available.

Each year on the eatery’s anniversary, they celebrate with a Customer Appreciation Day. Also, Dolce Vita often partners with neighboring businesses and organizations for events. They are a regular participant – and winner – of the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s Annual Great Kenosha Area Pizza Bake-Off.

Located at 7435 117th Avenue off Highway 50 just east of Interstate-94, Dolce Vita serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. For a locally owned pizzeria and your own slice of #KenoshaFun, stop at Dolce Vita.

(262) 857-3331,

June 2018

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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