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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Terrific Takeout: Dolcino Trattoria Toscana Est. 2002 Summer 2016 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

From the succulent Rib Eye steak to the superlative Tiramisu, Dolcino will delight you
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It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we know Ramo Besi, owner of Dolcino, a spectacular neighborhood restaurant for hit-the-spot Italian on 2nd Avenue at 29th on Manhattan's East Side.
It has been far too long since we have visited!
Dolcino sprinted into Peachy's Picks in 2014:
They were highly recommended off the bat, and this is their second review.  The Avocado salad is the perfect opener with baby arugula, cherry tomatoes and normally it comes with goat cheese.  Dolcino is happy to make you happy, and if you don't care for goat cheese either you can have some delicious shaved parmigiana cheese!  It is exactly what you want in a salad, and they are detail-oriented at Dolcino and put the dressing on the side.
Dolcino opened in 2002 and has always been at its current location, and Ramo Besi, who hails from Albania/Montenegro, is not only the owner but also the founder.  14 years evidences the quality of this restaurant; too many restaurants crash and burn in Manhattan much earlier.  Ramo's Eggplant Rollatine appetizer is one of the best we've had in recent memory.  Eggplant rolls stuffed with amazingly creamy ricotta and topped with tomato sauce is even better when you put more cheese on top.  This is just delicious and the perfect appetite-igniter.
Love is not a strong enough word for how Peachy Deegan feels about Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken, and at Dolcino, this favorite dish absolutely hits the spot. Dolcino excels in Italian comfort food and the bite-sized chunks of chicken elevated this pasta into delicious ecstasy.  Dolcino's Fettuccine Alfredo is much better than other competitive Italian neighborhood venues with its outstanding flavor.  If your little heart desires shrimp over chicken, there is that option.  
If it's a Friday in Lent or you just feel like fish, the Shrimp Scampi is divine.  It arrives in a lovely arrangement with shrimp, broccoli, and carrots that all firework out of the risotto topped with more shrimp.  
We'd definitely order this again and it is a solid seafood dish that will put a smile on your face.
Even better is the succulent Rib Eye, which really wowed us.  Not all Italian neighborhood restaurants have carnivorous endeavors that can compete with this; grilled prime aged angus rib eye is one of the strongest entrees on the menu!  An impressive cut, this steak and its companion garlic/broccoli/evoo and roasted medium potatoes were brilliant.
When you cut into it, you see that they cook it exactly how you request. 
 Finally, their tiramisu is quite laudable and the strawberry cut on top is the embodiment of precision to top off all delicious it rests upon.
Dolcino continues to be Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.  Now they have a website and a Facebook page!

Dolcino is located at 517 Second Ave, Manhattan.
212 448 9505

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