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: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian dinnercuisine at Dolce Ristorante.
The chefs at Dolce Ristorante prepare a seasonal menu of authentic Italian eats from fresh ingredients, homemade pasta, and delicate sauces served in an intimate environment. Chefs stuff the funghi appetizer with ricotta, spinach, and parmigiano cheese ($7.95), then swathe the plate in a cognac-cream sauce that is smoother than Barry White's pajamas. Prosciutto dances atop veal scaloppine in the saltimbocca ($18.95), then sears in a pan with a butter-sage sauce before arriving to sate stomachs. Because of its recent appearance on the Endangered Foods list, chefs only prepare gnocchi on Tuesdays ($16.95), designating the day as Gnocchi Tuesday and serving the specialty with a choice of butter-sage sauce, bolognese meat sauce, fresh tomato sauce, four-cheese sauce, or pesto sauce. Delectable desserts such as house-made gelato ($5) and light, creamy Italian-style cheesecake made with mascarpone ($7) end mealtime symphonies with a sweet encore.
So time intensive is their recipe for authentic italian gnocchi that the chefs at Dolce Ristorante only prepare the specialty once a week. On Tuesdays, chefs roll out the tender dumpling dough and toss it with coatings such as butter-sage sauce, bolognese meat sauce, fresh tomato sauce, four-cheese sauce, or pesto sauce. Even if diners can’t drop in on Tuesdays or send their homing pigeons for takeout, they can still sample Italian cuisine hailed by Creative Loafing Charlotte as the city’s best of 2012. Chefs roll out a half dozen other pasta dishes, such as cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and mascarpone, and sauté tilapia with pinot grigio and sweet red peppers. For dessert, chefs dole out scoops of housemade gelato and other housemade Italian sweets.
1710 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203