La Dolce Vita
Posted by bhamfoodscoop on June 10, 2010
Last night, I had dinner at “La Dolce Vita” on Highway 31 in Hoover. It’s a small restaurant with a true Italian feel. Furthermore, it’s so small that I walked in and walked out because I only saw a bar and four tables, and I was expecting something larger. I thought I was in the wrong restaurant, so I went outside and read the sign on the door again, to make sure I was in the right place. When I went back inside and looked around and saw that there were more tables in the back, that is where I spotted my god-father waiting on me. Immediately, the waiter came over and began reciting the specials of the night, and I was so impressed by him because he had a heck of a lot to remember. I just had to compliment him on practically remembering the whole menu.
Once we ordered drinks, the waiter brought two pieces of “Bruschetta” to the table. “Bruschetta” consists of a small bread chip that is covered with chopped tomatoes. Once we finished the “Brushcetta”, the waiter took our order, and the rolls came out. These rolls were massive and they seemed to have been homemade, they were served golden brown with a little garlic butter on top, and they were so good! While we were waiting on our entrees, my god-father and I had plenty of time to catch up and talk. Finally, the entrees came out, I ordered the “Pecan Encrusted Salmon” and it was served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. My god-father had the “Grilled Grouper” and it came with risotto and sauteed vegetables. Both of our dishes tasted like the chef put his heart and soul into the food, the only complaint was that the risotto was a little too gummy. Other than that, everything was great! Also, they gave us large sized portions, so I ended up taking the majority of my food home.
Once we finished our entrees, the waiter told us about dessert. We couldn’t make up our minds about what to order so the waiter surprised us and brought two desserts on one plate. The plate consisted of the “White Chocolate Bread Pudding” and “Tiramisu”. Both of the deserts had a special strawberry topping on top, and the strawberries were really sweet. My favorite dessert was the bread pudding because the taste reminded me of a vanilla pound cake with strawberries on top, classic! Maurice says the “Tiramisu” was good, but I’m not a huge fan of it.
Wow, what a fun night we had and the food was excellent. I would recommend “La Dolce Vita” to anyone who loves authentic Italian food in a small family oriented atmosphere.