Since we began publishing South Florida Gay news, we have never conducted a dining review of an establishment on Las Olas Boulevard. Well, that is about to change. For the past two months, I have been hearing about a new restaurant called SoLita. Some reviews were good, some bad, so I decided it was time to experience the restaurant for myself.
SoLita, which means South of Little Italy, is in a wonderful corner location on the boulevard. As guests enter the restaurant, they are overwhelmed by the attention to detail given to the de?cor and layout. The venue is divided into two sections, a formal dining room and an ultra-lounge, although there is not a distinct partition between the two. Guests who come to SoLita can either enjoy a complete dinner or grab a cocktail and perhaps a pizza in the lounge.
Speaking of pizza, the first item we sampled on our recent visit to the restaurant was the Meat Pizza. Pizza specialties change daily, but on our visit we got the pleasure of enjoying a pizza made with prosciutto, mascarpone cheese, arugula and aged balsamic – definitely not your traditional pizza, but delicious nonetheless.
The ingredients worked extremely well together and would definitely be complimented by a glass of cabernet.
Following the pizza, our very knowledge- able server brought us the chef’s special, Fried Mozzarella, prepared with a garlic butter, caper and tomato sauce. Both my guest and I thought the dish was a little oily, but were impressed by the quality of the fresh mozzarella used. For our pasta selec-
tion, the chef recommended we try the Shells Buon Gusto.
The pasta was pre- pared with smoked bacon, caramelized red onions and mushroom pomodoro sauce. This dish exemplified traditional Southern Italian cooking at its finest. no fancy ingredients or creams were used in its preparation. The dish relies on the smokiness of the bacon and savory pomodoro sauce for flavor. Definitely a favorite and equally as enjoyable the day after... Yes, I took this to go!
SoLita doesn’t offer a large selection of entre?es, but the dishes offered are plentiful and delicious. The first entre?e to arrive was the Yellow Tail Snapper with peppers, onions and mushrooms in a light tomato sauce. The fish was very flavorful and perfectly cooked.
Our second entre?e was the Veal Chop prepared with smoked bacon and mush- rooms, braised in white wine and veal stock. The veal was very tender and, to my surprise, worked well with the smoked bacon. In addition to the entre?es, we also enjoyed a side of Crispy Brussel Sprouts, which contained slightly too much lemon for my liking, but were tasty.
And if you still have room for dessert, I highly recommend the Drunken Berries. The name says it all: a combination of berries soaked in different liquors and topped with homemade whipped cream. This was the highlight of my evening. I absolutely loved this dessert. It was light yet flavorful, and the berries were fresh and sweet.
If you haven’t had the chance to stop by SoLita, I would definitely make an effort to in the near future, if only for a pizza.
1032 East Las Olas Blvd .