Update: Dolce Cubano is now known as just Dolce and features just Italian food. We haven’t stopped by yet for the new menu yet, so remember that our review is for when it opened.
As we walked up to Dolce Cubano for a late night dinner, we were struck at how beautiful the restaurant looked. Trees were lit up for Christmas, music was spilling out, and the enthusiasm from people inside couldn’t be contained. We quickly found a seat and got down to business.
The vibe and heart of Dolce Cubano is an Italian heart with a Cuban soul. To be honest, we wondered how Dolce Cubano would work with this kind of fusion when we talked with Nick Racanelli Jr. and Sr. months ago (check out our announcement and the before/after post). Well, after our meal, we definitely understand the meaning. Here’s the breakdown of a 5 drink and 8 course dinner that we created from the extensive menu.
Let’s start with the food:
First of all, you can make your own meal/snack/feast at Dolce Cubano dish by dish if you’d like. There’s antipasto, a raw bar, ceviche, salads, sides, tapas, classic dishes, and sandwiches for lunch, too. There are some great dishes that you might recognize from Zaza Italian Gastrobar, Latino and Cuban classics, and dishes that land right in between Italuban land. We decided to go with dishes that spoke to the Cuban soul of Dolce Cubano. Let’s dig in.
Halibut Ceviche with a citrus marinade, onions, and pineapple. Bright, citrusy, and vibrant. The halibut, itself, is tender and juicy. The crunch from the onion and corn layered on top add a nice contrast in texture. An excellent ceviche. We’ll have to try the shrimp ceviche next. They’ll be changing the fish up depending on what’s in season…thanks for alerting us Leslie.
Empanadas with beef and a Cuban red sauce. The breading was crispy, thin, and didn’t come from a package of frozen junk. On the inside was well seasoned beef with the added kick of cilantro. The Cuban red sauce was like a tomato sauce with the consistency of chunky salsa and an added kick of herbs. It adds a tart, herby, and slighty sweet taste to whatever you dip it in.