We nabbed two seats at the bar, sipped beer and wine, took in the pre-theater scene and shared two appetizers -- one from the global menu, which changes each month, and one from the regular menu.
Photo by Robert Poormon
The plate in the foreground shows Ema Datshi, a creamy chile-cheese dip served with multi-colored tortilla chips. The dip was delicious and rich, thanks to mild gouda cheese, with a slight after-burn from the chiles. Behind that is an order of sweet potato fries with chile-garlic dipping sauce. The combination of the sweet fries and savory-spicy sauce was a winner.
Who could leave a restaurant named Dolce Vita (Italian for "sweet life'') without sampling at least one dessert? The offerings on Friday included several individual cakes, including chocolate lave cake (with a molten center) and Pear Williams Cake, a light, moist, white cake layered with pears. A day later, savoring the memory of it, Robert described the cake as "about the size of a can of tuna fish... and utterly delicious.''
Our tab for two beers, two glasses of wine, two appetizers and one dessert, including tip, came to about $48. For more information on Dolce Vita, call 475-4700.