This week, Dolce Italian is pulling out all the stops for diners with a special 3-year-anniversary menu. For just $75, guests will enjoy five tantalizing courses, each paired with a different wine. This celebratory menu is only available through this Sunday (11/22), so head on over there before it’s too late.
The five dishes are pulled from the restaurant’s eventful history; long-time customers will find items that haven’t appeared since the restaurant first opened. According to our server, the menu is like a parade that celebrates everything from the restaurant’s beginnings to its Bravo “Best New Restaurant” win to where it stands today.
Based on our experience with the anniversary menu, this is one celebration you’ll want to be a part of. Full disclosure: We were first introduced to Dolce Italian through the Bravo TV show, which aired earlier this year. Before then, we had never heard the name. It’s a shame it took us so long to come in, but what a first impression!
If you opt for the anniversary menu (AND YOU SHOULD), prepare your body for a decadent feast that starts with a super-fresh burrata with lardons and herb vinaigrette paired with prosecco. On the plate, it looks pretty simple, but don’t let it deceive you: This dish doesn’t mess around – even the Boston lettuce is addicting. The tangy vinaigrette mixed with the saltiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the burrata made for a well-balanced salad.
Next up was our favorite dish of the night: Tagliatella “La Tartufo.” Mind = blown. The pasta is thin and salted to perfection.This is hands down one of the best pastas we’ve had in a very long time. It’s so rich but so light at the same time. And the shaved black truffle just made our mouths beg for more.
The two proteins of the evening – seared branzino and veal – looked, smelled and tasted spectacular. The former was beautifully plated and layered atop some butternut squash, which made for a flavorful combo reminiscent of fall. And the veal, served atop risotto alla parmigiana, just fell apart; super succulent, tender meat everywhere.
Italian desserts are among our favorite sweets, and the salted caramel and butterscotch budino left a great taste in our mouth. To quote one of our Instagram followers: It looks like a lil’ flan. And it does, but that’s where the similarities end. The salted caramel and butterscotch will make you feel super guilty, but you can always start your diet again tomorrow. Expect some chocolate chip cookies, too, which you have to dunk in the whipped cream.
We’re going to be blunt: This review can’t do the anniversary menu enough justice. This was one hell of a meal – and one you shouldn’t miss; it’s a steal at $75. You still have a few days to check it out, and we strongly recommend you make a reservation while you can. And you can bet that we’ll be back to try out the regular menu soon.