DolceVino Offers a Bit of La Dolce Vita For Your Taste Buds
Owners Andrea Rainis and Luca Paltrinieri met years back working at Piola. Luca, the eternal host, jumps from table to table while replenishing wine glasses and chatting up guests to resonating laughter. Andrea keeps an eye on the kitchen, ensuring dishes worthy of a picture in Bon Appetit.
The printed menu changes weekly depending on what's available locally, but seems fairly uninspiring.& With dishes like caprese di bufala ($11), spaghetti with tomato and basil ($10.50), spaghetti chitarra with meat sauce ($14) and filet mignon with fingerling potatoes ($28), we suspect it's designed to entice hotel guests looking for the familiar. However, when Luca starts reading off the long list of daily specials, we know we are in for a treat.
|butternut squash soup with grilled shrimp|
|linguine with parmesan sauce and prosciutto|
Our main course, lamb wrapped in spec ($35) , was served with a mushroom reduction, buttery fingerling potatoes and spinach that's been sauteed into garlicky submission and sits majestically on the plate. The lamb is a bit underdone for our taste, but the cut of meat so tender we eat it all anyway.
|kanaderli - bread gnocchi|
|lamb wrapped in spec|
At DolceVino both Luca the sweet lover known as "Dolce" and Andrea, a passionate wine collector, hence "Vino", put their best foot forward. But to us the food stole the show -- just be sure to ask for the specials because they are very special indeed.
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DolceVino at the Claridge Hotel
3500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
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