Miami Beach needs another Italian restaurant like it needs another nightclub, which is to say that it definitely does – as long as each is of spectacular quality and substance. Dolce Italian at Gale South Beach delivers on both, while also bringing that oh-so-elusive hip factor. It doesn’t hurt that the Gale is a Menin Hotel, and Keith Menin is a very popular man about town indeed. It could also be attributed to LDV Hospitality, with whom Menin Hotels has teamed up to operate Dolce and the Rec Room, its 70’s chic club downstairs. Of course, there is one more important factor: the food. The delicious Italian food pays homage to Trento, Italy, the hometown of executive chef Paolo Dorigato. Dorigato, has worked with renowned French chef Alain Allegretti at his Atlantic City restaurant, Azure, and will be bringing Italian classics to the table in the modern atmosphere of Dolce Italian.
The menu features both light and heavier traditional dishes, prepared with an expert hand. Favorites include wood-roasted pizza that comes in a number of varieties from the tartufata with formaggio bianco, speck and truffle oil; to The Zingara, a blend of spicy salami, peppers, onions and mozzarella. House made pastas, fresh salads and dishes like lemony branzino with fingerling potatoes ensure there is something for everyone. Dining can be done outside, under the shady umbrellas on the restaurant’s terrace or in the bustling, cozy restaurant where you are sure to see some familiar faces. You can also hide out in the private dining room with your entourage. Yet, one more ace up their sleeve includes a drink menu concocted by local celebrity mixologist John Lermayer. After a few of those crafty cocktails, you’ll be ready to go play in the Rec Room with Josh Wagner, who made subterranean magic with Lermayer once before at the Delano’s Florida Room and is sure to top himself with this new haunt that promises to be even cozier… and cooler.