Dolce Italian, 1690 Collins Avenue in the Gale South Beach.   786-975-2550 www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com.












By Simone Zarmati Diament

With the opening of Dolce Italian at the newly-renovated Gale South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, LDV co-founders and restaurateurs John Meadow and Curt Huegel —   LDV Hospitality oversees 15 restaurants, bars and lounges across the country, partnering with   celebrity chefs including Scott Conant, Marc Forgione, Alain Allegretti among others — are fulfilling their aspiration is to bring the dream of La Dolce Vita to life.

The design is simple and modern.  Vintage photos of young Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroiani, Anita Ekberg — the stars of La Dolce Vita ( the sweet life" or "the good life"), a 1960 comedy-drama film written and directed by the critically acclaimed director Federico Fellini — as well as stars of the 60’s line the wood paneled walls of the sleek restaurant.

Outside it is a typical Italian sidewalk café with big umbrellas and a bar.  GM Dean Tsakanikas orchestrates the different food and beverage locations of the hotel, from the sit-down restaurant dining room the outdoor café, the private room and the poolside deck to the Regent Cocktail Club and the Rec Room at the Gale where  Master mixologist John Lermayer shakes up a creative hand-crafted Italian cocktails.

In the kitchen, Italian executive chef Paolo Dorigato — formerly executive chef at Azure at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City— turns out a menu of Italian specialties including thin-crusted pizzas in the wood-burning oven ($13 to $18). From the classical Margherita with fresh mozzarella and Napoleatana to Prosciutto and Rucola and Tartufata, they are large enough for sharing among four for starters.  So is the Dolce tray of imported artisanal meats and cold cuts ($26) and the Caprese with house-made mozzarella ($14).

There’s a variety of fresh salads ($9-$13) from classic hearts of romaine with Caesar dressing to arugula salad with pears, asiago, speck and candied walnuts. Hot and cold antipasti ($14-23) list grilled tender octopus served on a bed of chickpeas and ginger pistachio farro; Dolce meatballs with soft polenta and Parmigiano; and burrata served with Boston Bibb lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crispy shallots and bacon.    In addition to seafood risotto redolent of shrimp, scallops, calamari and tomatoes, most pastas on the menu ($18-$24) are homemade like the silky trands of pappardelle alla Bolognese and the Tagliatelle with shrimp and pesto.

Main plates or Secondi ($24 - $32) include a luscious, slow-braised and fork-tender Veal Spezzatino over risotto alla parmigiana; seared red snapper  over artichoke hearts, soft polenta and olives;   roasted branzino served with fingerling potatoes and spinach; roast chicken and the more classical veal Milanese with salad and Tuscan fries, eggplant parmigiana and the Italian American spaghetti & meatballs.

Dolce Italian is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  1690 Collins Avenue in the Gale South Beach.   786-975-2550 www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com.



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Dolce Italian 1690 Collins Avenue in the Gale South Beach.   786-975-2550 www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com.

open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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