“The Sweet Life” is in Cleveland ~ Little Italy’s La Dolce Vita Bistro

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.

They’ve loved this place since Barbara first reviewed it.  Easy to taste why – we spent a good portion of an afternoon experiencing and experiencing… and experiencing!

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






La Dolce Vita, 12112 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, Little Italy

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1 Lucas September 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hello! I’m at work browsing your blig from my new iphone!
Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your
posts! Carry on the excellent work!

2 pat magee December 5, 2013 at 5:48 am

Hi Patti, It’s been too long! I just happened on your blog via LinkedIn today and as one click leads to another, found my way to Cleveland’s own Little Italy. Glad you enjoyed La Dolce Vito Bistro. One of my old favorites although “it’s been too long” for there, too, which I’d usually hit after a visit to the art museum not too far forward. Of course, your visit was more than a year ago. Mine’s been decades! Yikes. (Ich Bin Ein Clevelander!) All the best. – Pat (we met via the Philadelphia Candy Show in Valley Forge, in case you were wondering…..)

3 lisa james July 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

Oh Patty!!! My son lives around the corner from there, and we LOVE going to visit!! Don’t know if you went into Presti’s, but we always come home with a box of cookies. The pictures here and on your other post about visiting Cleveland were great! We were just there in May so my son and husband could run the marathon together. Visited the Hall of Fame for the 2nd time, and I would go back yet again. Always something new. I don’t care what they say about Cleveland, it’s a great town!!

4 Laura @ Family Spice July 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

It’s nice to know that anywhere the U.S., you can find a Little Italy! The food is definitely drool-worthy!

5 Worth The Whisk July 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Dorothy, I think you will end up finding one at a thrift store. Whoever finds one first, WINS.

6 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious July 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

That plant stand is magnificent! I need one! I am right this minute on Google images trying to find one.

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