Dolce Italian Celebrates Anniversary With Menu Change

In celebration of its first anniversary, Dolce Italian has revamped its menu and added tasty new offerings to showcase chef Paolo Dorigato's skills.

Located in the Gale Hotel, the Italian restaurant is unassuming yet charming. Short Order sampled the new offerings in celebration of the anniversary. Check out the pictures after the jump.

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New cocktails have been added to Dolce's beverage menu. We sampled the apple basil smash ($13), which mixes Zu Vodka with elderflower liqueur, basil, green apple, and lime. If you're a fan of apple and sweets, you'll particularly enjoy this.

Want something with more of a kick? El Diablo ($14) will do the trick. Añejo tequila, fresh lime, and spicy agave nectar are topped with a jalapeño slice. It's a strong yet delicious drink.

We started off with a crudo tasting ($21), which showcases three raw offerings of seafood. Langoustine carpaccio, tuna tartare, and marinated salmon provide a tour of the sea. The tuna was our favorite.

We continued with a beef carpaccio pizza ($21), which excludes tomato sauce and instead employs mozzarella, arugula, truffles, pecorino, and Parmesan. You'll have no problem eating the entire pie.

Do yourself a favor and get the duck and foie gras tortelli ($28). Perfectly al dente pasta has been delicately stuffed and then drizzled in duck jus and topped with Burgundy truffles. The result will astound your taste buds and make you wonder why you've never had foie gras like this before.

Another new pasta choice is a traditional linguine ai frutti di mare, with shrimp, scallops, a half lobster, and seafood sauce ($34).

Several main entrées have been added to the menu. Choose from lemon risotto with Gulf shrimp and basil pesto or roasted scallops wrapped in speck atop sunchoke purée with wild mushrooms.

We were craving meat, so we opted for the Australian rack of lamb ($44). Cooked to a perfect medium-rare, these bad boys come with your choice of sauce and are accompanied with fingerling potatoes.

For dessert, the budino ($8) comes coated with salted caramel, adding a delectable savory component. Homemade cookies make it even better.

Check out Dolce Italian for lunch or dinner. They've also ramped up midday selections, which now include a plethora of salads, pizzas, and panini, as well as gnocchi pomodoro and hearty pappardelle Bolognese.

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