Back in April we broke the news about the opening of Dolce Cubano Rum Bar & Restaurant (thanks Nick), an Italian/Cuban fusion restaurant and bar that would soon grace the waterfront of Stamford. People freaked out in excitement: killer drinks and dishes, views of the Sound and Long Island, and a wicked hot spot…yeah, doesn’t get better than that!
Well, when we first had the chance to visit with Nick Racanelli in April, the restaurant was stripped to the bone. It’s hard to imagine what a place will look like with everything ripped apart, but for Nick and co. it wasn’t that tough. He had the vision, he knew.
Lucky for us, Nick invited us back in to see Dolce Cubano and see the massive changes made. Starting off, the restaurant was pretty lucky during Sandy. The water came just six inches away from getting into the restaurant and a boat nearly dislodged and crashed through the windows. Nick weathered the storm (literally), watching the docks sink under two feet of water and move like waves. The only casualty, luckily, was the awning for the outside bar, now torn in two.
So, when can you expect Dolce Cubano to open? The staff and cooking staff are hired and are all ready to get started. Awesome news: the tentative opening date for the kitchen at Dolce Cubano is Monday, November 19. We’ve tasted some of the dishes and we’re still dreaming about them. Here are some of the great parts of the lunch menu (dinner won’t have sandwiches and will have a few other changes):
- Antipasto, ceviche, and raw bar…yum.
- Salads and sandwiches. Nick says the Cuban sandwich is amazing, btw. We trust his taste buds.
- Tapas and small plates! Yes, this is the heart of Dolce Cubano! Some must tries are the roasted truffle brussels sprouts, the grilled oysters, the goat cheese cakes, our favorite butternut squash gnocchi from Zaza, and the king crab cazuela. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to head back to Dolce Cubano at least 10 times to try all the other dishes. Ah, the sacrifices we make to gain food knowledge and wisdom. We do it for you…
- Classic dishes that span Italian, Cuban, and fusion. The ropa vieja is incredibly good and we’re looking forward to trying the lobster linguini fra diavolo, spicy Cuban chicken al pimientos, Cuban spicy pork ribs, Havana roast pork, and the classic Spanish paella. Again, we’ll have to come back to try the other entrees, too.
- Don’t forget the sides like broccoli rabe & sausage, fried plantains with salsa, fried yucca, Cuban herb fries, or sweet plantains. These will be fun for noshing while you’re waiting for a friend, chatting over drinks, waiting for your tapas, or even to go with your tapas.
Click here for a copy of their lunch menu for your own little preview. Commence drooling.
Well, enough chitter-chatter, let’s take you on a before/after journey of Dolce Cubano:
Dolce Cubano Restaurant and Rum Bar
Address: 78 Southfield Ave.