Monday, September 28, 2009

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita (the cafe and the experience) can be found at 484 Cherry Street in downtown Macon, adding yet another delightful eatery to the Hobbit's Shire. With its coffee bar/patisserie atmosphere, the environment is relaxed and the staff friendly and attentive. Unlike most other Macon restaurants, La Dolce Vita offers something of a light Tapas-style menu of classic and intriguing Italian-inspired dishes priced from $3.00 - $5.00. The menu boasts a number of soups, features some excellent salads, and offers a variety of sandwich/roll-up/pastry items.

The Hobbit and fellow travelers each tackled a couple of dishes apiece, making for a satisfying light dinner all round. Items selected and enjoyed by the group included an avocado and crab salad, spinach and bacon quiche, smoked salmon spread with onions and red peppers on black Russian bread and Gazpacho soup. Although every item on the menu was not available, including the highly recommended chilled almond soup, all were impressed by the quality of the food chosen. Hungry Hobbits might need to consider three dishes.

Tempting desserts were on display, but the Hobbit settled for an espresso doppio to round off the evening. La Dolce Vita is well worth visiting for a workday lunch, an afternoon coffee break, or a light dinner.