Friday, June 5, 2015

La Dolce Vita

This is the last restaurant blog post for the Outer Banks part of our trip. We ate here on our last day: La Dolce Vita. It's next to Steamers, where we ate the first night. It was a warm, sunny evening, so we sat outside on the deck. Here's what we enjoyed:
Fresh brewed iced tea.
Delicious bread with dipping herbed olive oil.
Crispy Calamari - lightly breaded, spicy marina dipping sauce. The breading was not too heavy and not too greasy. The calamari was soft and flavorful, not tough/rubbery. Excellent calamari.
Orange & Arugula Salad - Crisp romaine, arugula, fresh cut orange segments, goat cheese, red onions, and walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette. I picked out all the onion chunks. This was a really good salad, and a little different form the kinds of salads we usually have. The greens were crisp, the oranges juicy, the goat cheese soft and tangy.
SP ordered an appetizer as his entree: Mussels Sicily -Mussels sautéed with spicy marinara and fresh garlic. He said they were really good and, bonus, our server brought out some extra mussels, explaining that not all the mussels had opened the first time so the chef had made some more for him. That was really nice, especially since the portion we originally received seemed large. A good appetizer to be shared.
I chose Milano Pizza – Prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese. Our server knew about my garlic issues and spoke with the chef so instead of the usual garlic sauce, they substituted marinara sauce on the pizza. This was huge! And tasty, one of the best versions of this pizza I've had. Thin crust, salty prosciutto, crisp arugula, melty cheese. We managed to eat half and took the other half back to the hotel. We ate it for breakfast the next morning.
I can never resist Cannoli, so we got one to go. The shell was coated in chocolate, which I'd never before seen. One end was coated with chocolate chips, the other with almonds. We ate it back at the hotel and it was very good. The filling was smooth and creamy. While the chocolate covered shell was good for something different, I think I prefer a plain shell.
Our server was a very friendly young lady who chatted with us and with a nearby table whose occupants were also staying at out hotel. Everyone we interacted with was helpful and considerate. The food was really good. I think we both liked getting away from seafood for a night since up until that point we had eaten seafood every night. Definitely a place we'd return and one we recommend.
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