Why Do We Love La Dolce Vita? Let Us Count the Ways.
La Dolce Vita
165 S. Main Street, Roanoke
La Dolce Vita in Downtown Roanoke is so much more than a place for gourmet food and retail items, but rather a fabulous blending of all the amazing talents and interests of Laura Wilson, the shop’s owner. Everything that she does is of the utmost quality and with a sense of delight in doing what she loves.
1. First things first, this place is gorgeous! I never tire of stopping into the shop as I feel like I am escorted away from “Small Town USA” to an elegant European shop that is bright, sophisticated and elegantly decorated.
2. We love Wednesday lunches. If you are looking for a great way to get out with friends and have a beautifully prepared meal with a glass or wine or beer, consider making reservations for Wednesday Lunches at La Dolce Vita. Lunches are only served on Wednesdays so it’s a special occasion and does tend to fill up so reservations are a must. No two menus are the same so watch postings on their social media. And ask for an outdoor seat on the lovely patio in the warmer months. (The Wednesday lunches will return in April so follow La Dolce Vita’s Facebook page for details).
3. The perfect place for private parties. Hold your party at La Dolce Vita in Roanoke and have it elegantly catered by the staff. Check her website for menu suggestions and pricing information.
4. Not your ordinary pantry items. A quick look around the shop and you will find carefully selected food items that you can use to prepare your own meals at home including olive oil and packaged pasta from Italy, specialty coffees, spices, sauces and other gourmet items. Many of the items are imported and are used in the food prepared at the shop. Feel free to ask for suggestions and recommendations.
5. A few of her favorite things. Laura sells a variety of items for the kitchen, home and many personal items such as French soaps and lotions. You might find quality table linens, aprons, towels, books, bags and other home décor items.
6. Join one of her culinary tours to Europe. Once a year, Laura takes a group on a culinary tour-of-a-lifetime to different locations in Europe where you will be sampling and learning culinary skills in some of the most amazing places you could ever imagine. Past trips have included locations in France and Italy but tours vary each time in case you want to join the tour again. Check her website for details on her next upcoming trip.
7. Did we mention she does fabulous cooking classes and demonstrations? With titles like “Pies and Tarts,” “French Classics” and special guest chef “Thomas Keller” you will want to grab your friends and sign up. Classes run through May so make sure you check the schedule now as many classes have filled up.
8. She’s expanding. Laura has opened a new shop, Fearless Cook, just a short block away at 142 N. Main Street. This retail shop carries a selection of cooking tools, whisks, spoons, spatulas, bar equipment, knives, linens, aprons, beautiful pictures from Italy, locally made wooden bowls, cutting boards, cheese boards and so much more!
La Dolce Vita is located in the lovely shopping village in Roanoke, Indiana, just minutes from Huntington and Fort Wayne in Allen County. For additional shops click here. For restaurants in the area, click here.