My hometown of Luton doesn't have a hell of a lot to offer, but it does have a few hidden gems. And since I'm hoping to start featuring more foodie posts - especially after attending the Bloggers Food Festival last week, I thought doing a little review of this cute Italian restaurant would be a great place to start.
La Dolce Vita is somewhere I must have walked past a thousand times in Luton, nestled away in the town centre, but up until recently I've never had a chance to actually eat there. That's surprising in itself because my friends and I love going out for food and I love Italian food. I did go here for my works Xmas do, but the food was from a set menu that night and, well, we were more focused on drinks then!
Therefore I was super excited to pop down a week or so back for my friend Jordan's birthday. There was only a small group of us and we had a table booked fairly early, so we were shown to the gorgeous open plan patio area for our meal, decorated with bold flowers and twinkling fairy lights. It truly was stunning and the restaurant as a whole has a dreamy and romantic feel to it, with pebbled floors and burning candles sticking out of the top of wine bottles. On some nights, they even have live music!
The food is spot on. I don't have much to compare it to but when we're talking about Italian food I think it's fairly easy to tell what's genuine and what's not. I had a delicious and classic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (my favourite!) with a bunch of starters shared between my friends and myself. The carbonara was delicious - creamy, tasteful and with just the right amount of flavour. Every time I've tried to make carbonara myself it's always been flavourless.
Between us we had bruschetta, mozzarella in carrozza (basically a mozzarella in breadcrumbs in a tomato basil sauce) and the most mouthwatering cheese doughballs, drenched in a garlic sauce. These bite sized balls of heavens were delicious enough to rival Pizza Express's!
I was definitely in a food coma by the end. Afterwards, we chose to head to a nearby bar and play a couple of games of pool, completing our laidback evening. In terms of food, Luton tends to be filled with takeaways or pubs serving typical pub grub. Although not bad, it's nice to have somewhere a little classier to go.
The restauraunt has a lovely ambience - a real family run feel, so pairing this with the delicious food
makes La Dolce Vita my new favourite place to eat!
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