Owner Mickey Martin’s deep appreciation of people, customers and staff shines in this popular dining spot.
Mickey Martin, Co-Owner
La Dolce Vita Restaurante
In the internet era where anyone can instantly become a restaurant critic, taking over ownership of a successful restaurant with an established and loyal clientele can be a daunting endeavor, especially if one does not have direct experience managing a restaurant. For Mickey Martin, however, enthusiastically diving into a new venture is typical. Starting his working life as a sheet metal worker, Mickey advanced to owning his own HVAC company and now runs several businesses, including one of the largest bakeries in the Chicago region. Mickey attributes his success to “a deep appreciation of people, customers and staff.” In fact, many of his first improvements to the restaurant, such as a re-design of the kitchen, were aimed at increasing employee comfort. Mickey worked closely with the Village on several other external changes to the building. But there was little tampering with the combination of factors that made the La Dolce Vita dining experience unique: the fine Italian food, extensive wine list, white table clothes with fresh cut flowers, impeccable service and the ambience of a dining room housed in an 1880s limestone building. Now, after a year under Mickey’s management, most would agree that the dining experience is even better than before, and La Dolce Vita remains one of the premier restaurant destinations in the region.