La Dolce Vita Offers Simple, Roman-Style Fare on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Indeed, it would be almost impossible for some of the seemingly simple dishes to grab anyone's attention in the cacophony of South Beach. However, a salad of tender roasted artichoke hearts mixed with egg and pecorino cheese plays perfectly against a bed of bitter arugula and deserves recognition.
CandaceWest.com "Chitarrina La Dolce Vita." Home made square spaghetti pasta with seafood.
Diners who love the rich, creamy sauces of Italian-American food can get their fix with polenta al tartufo. A warm disk of yellow cornmeal is topped with an earthy, almost-too-rich sauce made with cream, flecks of black truffles, wild mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese. A server effortlessly wielding two spoons in one hand splits the appetizer in two and gracefully places each half onto smaller plates. Any remaining sauce is quickly mopped up with crusts of the chewy, house-made bread that starts each meal.
Simplicity resumes in a thick-cut veal chop seasoned with salt, pepper, and rosemary, then simply grilled to a perfect medium rare. Each bite is juicy, though the small bits of fat that come with such a cut of meat might be displeasing to some. Additionally the cubed roasted potatoes that accompany the meat, and many other dishes on the menu, are overcooked and dry. Some are too tough to pierce with a fork.
With so many Italian restaurants across Fort Lauderdale and South Florida, it can be dizzying to separate the good from the bad. Some elements of La Dolce Vita, such as the name and its location among beachside dives, are suspicious at first glance.
Yet inside the quaint restaurant is something far too rare for Fort Lauderdale. Its owners care less about buzzy food trends and guessing what people want and more about offering the timeless flavors and dishes they've been cooking and eating all their lives.
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