I'm a big fan of Italian cuisine but I'm a fussy eater so there aren't many restaurants I'd dole out 5 stars for. La Dolce Vita has my seal of approval with a 5 star rating. From the moment I walked into the restaurant, I fell in love with the atmosphere immediately. After being seated promptly, the servers were very attentive. The appetizers were brought out right away and included deliciously done Calamari to savory fried zucchini.
The cocktail sampling followed and they were all so scrumptious, I had to pace myself. The first drink on the sampling menu was The Rouge, made with 1800 Silver Tequila, grapefruit, lime juice and Serrano pepper. One of the reasons I love Italian is because it's on the spicy side so this hit the spot with the Italian food menu and was a great choice to kick off the evening of tasting. This truly was a masterpiece drink with just the right combination of ingredients. The spice added a flair but was softened to the perfect degree with the grapefruit and lime. Not to mention it was also visually appealing which is something I love when it comes to a cocktail.
Next up was The Daisy created with Grey Goose Pear Vodka (a fav of mine), lemon juice and fresh blueberries. The description alone had me dying to see this up close and personal. Like the first cocktail, this one was also visually pleasing and tasted even better than it looked. It was a refreshing drink, not heavy at all and was one of those drinks that could get you into trouble because it goes down so smoothly. Certainly one of my favorites on the night's drink list.
At this point, after finishing the first two amazing drinks, I had to be sure to stick to just tasting but it was a tad difficult given the next drink was a fun one. Made with Markers Mark, muddled blackberries, bold orange bitters and angostura bitters, it was a foodie's dream drink. It tantalized the taste buds with several different flavors and had me eyeballing the menu to find out just what this superb concoction was made with.
I usually shy away from any of the heavier liquors because they're just to harsh for me but The Paper Lion, made with Hendricks Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh basil was surprisingly light. The lemon and basil combo added an energizing zing.
The Piquette “piqued” my interest and was one of my absolute favorites of the evening made with Ketel One Vodka, lime juice, mint and St. Germaine. Lime and mint seem to be opposing ingredients but it was the right touch to this interesting drink.
Whether it's food or drink, the more colorful and flavorful the better in my opinion. The Old School Mai Tai fit the bill made with Mount Gay Rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup and Kraken Rum. Yet again I was surprised by the lightness of taste. I thought this one would be ultra heavy with two different rums and syrup but it wasn't at all.
Lastly was The 100. I was a little nervous about sampling this one as it's made with Stolichnaya 100 proof vodka but following suit with the light and refreshing theme of the evening, this one didn't seem nearly as strong as was prepared for. The added lemon juice and prosecco must have softened the blow because this one went down really smooth (too smooth). It was a nice finishing touch.
From start to finish it was a stellar drink menu and being a French Canadian from the East Coast, I know what a good drink is all about. La Dolce Vita is a bit pricier than your standard Italian restaurant but well worth the price tag. It has the ambiance, the service and a food and drink menu that is unmatched compared to any other Italian restaurant I've been to (and I've traveled all over North America). Without a doubt, this is my absolute favorite Italian restaurant to date. To top it off, it was my anniversary night and I couldn't have picked a better spot to enjoy a very special night. Hats off to La Dolce Vita. I'll be back and soon.
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