We had a great meal the other day at Roberto’s Dolce Vita on LBI. Just about everything was perfect. Four of us were out to celebrate the end of the rental season and the beginning of the locals’ (our) season. Each couple split an appetizer. Our friends had the single crab cake, (a special that night) which was accompanied by corn salsa. I tasted the crab cake plus salsa and it was excellent. My wife and I had the Calamari Fritti served with a marinara sauce on the side (actually my wife doesn’t eat Calamari, so the split was a little uneven). It was the best Calamari I’ve had all season – and I've tried it at almost every Italian restaurant we went to this summer. No ‘rubber-bands’ here – it was fried to perfection. Our friends each had the Dolce Vita veal, which they said was tasty and tender. I had the Veal Marsala, which was indeed tasty and fork tender with fresh mushrooms and a real Marsala wine sauce. Each entree comes with a house salad and a small plate of pasta. Instead of a separate plate of pasta, I asked for my veal to be served over linguini, which they did. My wife had the Tortellini with a Bolognese sauce that she claimed was equally as good as our choices. The service was excellent, including a very attentive waitress, Catharine, and an ever mindful busboy. The ambiance of the newly refurbished, post-Sandy, dining area was spacious, clean, and nicely appointed and no one had to raise their voice above normal levels to be heard – a real plus. We ended our meal with three different desserts. Each of which was a perfect ending to a great dining experience. Dinner with tip came to about $90.00 per couple. Roberto’s is BYOB/W.
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