Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon to Caffe Dolce Vita. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks.
- For $35, you get $80 worth of Italian fare and drinks for a group of four.
Caffe Dolce Vita seduces stomachs with a [menu](http://gr.pn/v7J7t7) of contemporary Italian pastas, paninis, breakfast dishes, and gelato. Seated in sage, leather booths, curvaceous wooden chairs, or atop skyscrapers, diners delve into the lists of dishes that comprise owner Gianfranco Marrocco's culinary oeuvre, including fluffy lemon-and-poppy-seed pancakes, topped with homemade raspberry butter ($6.95) and cannoli-cream-stuffed french toast ($10.95). Twenty varieties of pasta ($5.95–$15.95) wrap deftly around forks, and cold and grilled sandwiches ($7.95–$12.95) help silence hunger pangs. Entrees filled with chicken, veal, and seafood round out the menu, including the salmone alla griglia, grilled salmon topped with red and yellow peppers, scallions, capers, and olive oil ($16.95). No piquant meal is complete without a sweet finale, a requirement fulfilled by Caffe Dolce Vita's selection of indulgent baked desserts, imported gelatos ($3.95+), and romantic poetry read aloud by Luciano Pavarotti. Inside Caffe Dolce Vita, warm ochre, copper, and bronze tones and pink lighting surround golden, glass walls and a black, marble bar—fully stocked with cocktails and wines with which to wash down meals. On Friday, the restaurant stays open until 1 a.m., which means revelers can spend much of the evening painting a painstakingly accurate still-life of their marinara sauce.
Caffe Dolce Vita
When Gianfranco Marrocco left Italy for America, he had big dreams. But his high hopes for what he’d do with his new life were coupled with nostalgia for the outdoor cafés in his native country. Confident that the people of Providence would also enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere he longed for from back home, he decided to open an authentic Italian caffé. His dream was realized with the opening of Caffe Dolce Vita, situated in the heart of the picturesque DePasquale Plaza on Federal Hill.
Inside Caffe Dolce Vita, warm tones of copper and bronze showcase contemporary Italian style, along with sage-green leather banquettes (fondly referred to by many Americans by their pet name, “booths” or "great hide-and-go-seek spots"). The kitchen team brings out brunch, lunch, and dinner feasts of savory Italian dishes, such as veal parmigiana. Double espressos and cappuccinos perk up guests, along with specialty drinks at the bar, where servers pour popular Italian liqueurs such as Sambuca and Limoncello.