If you truly like your friends and actually want to spend time with them, rush them to Villa Dolce in Middleton... and then slow things up at the dinner table.
As usual, Hannah McClung and I had the opportunity to check it out and have a great conversation with the restaurant's owner, Tony Lumani. He'll be featured in an upcoming Madison Magazine!
This is not a place that only cares about turning tables. They will not rush you out the door. In fact, owner Tony tells me that if you don't have time to eat here... don't come! I mean, he says it in jest... but it's best to take your time and enjoy good food and good company.
And why not? The food is gorgeous.
The pizza is so light and delicious. We had the prosciutto and arugula pie, made with imported prosciutto di parma, topped with fresh arugula and finished with an aged balsamic glaze.
Check out Lumani's artisan sausages-- gourmet, made-in-house beef and lamb sausages, grilled and served with a feta aioli spread. A tomato and cucumber salad top it off.
And check out this NEW summer salad - salmon, kale, arugula, fennel, goat cheese, strawberries, quinoa, golden beets, candied walnuts and farro are all mixed with a balsamic dressing. It is so light and refreshing - it will be perfect when the sun comes out again.
And GOOD LORD, there are gelatinis. Say it with me, "Gel-A-Teeny"... which is VERY BIG on taste.
Tony calls this one a grown-up milkshake, made with Kahlua, Godiva chocolate liqueur, chocolate vodka and fresh chocolate gelato. We were literally dying to drink the whole thing, but since we had to head to work, we only took a sip. What a waste! Totally bummed about that one, but we'll be back.
Definitely worth a visit! We'll be writing about Tony's background and detail some of the other things going on at the restaurant in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Stay tuned! It was one of my favorite places to visit.
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