The tomatoes sit on a vintage flower pot stand on the sidewalk. In LA, they would have disappeared in a heartbeat, but in Cleveland’s Little Italy, they stay put… right out front of bistro La Dolce Vita. How did two Angelinos stumble on this culinary gem? By tagging along with restaurant reviewer friend, Barbara Snow, and marketing exec hubs, Bill.
La Dolce Vita is Italian for “the sweet life.” Proprietor and native Clevelander (actually, native LITTLE ITALY, too), Terry Tarantino is a friend I’d love to have in my home town. Earnest, successful, as proud of his cuisine as he is of his staff and community. Hometown boy.
Those sweet and meaty Ohio tomatoes were center stage in practically every dish we consumed during our Friday playing hooky from hectic lives. Barbara and Bill gave us the royal tour (another post upcoming on our full day together) when we traveled to Cleveland to achieve one of Larry’s big desires, to visit “the Rock” — the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Below, for your drooling pleasure, is my photo album of our lunch. Surprisingly, after consuming the array, we weren’t painfully full. Must be those miracle Ohio tomatoes! (PS – Barbara was not doing a review, that gig is in her past. This was just a real, live lunch.)
On your next visit to Cleveland, do not miss this destination or I’ll send Clemenza over. La Dolce Vita, 12112 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, Little Italy