We enjoy having Dolce Isola on Robertson, the bakery of the Ivy restaurant; they serve breakfast, sandwiches, salads and ice-cream. The downstairs space is way too small, but they do have a few more quiet tables upstairs. Ever since they opened in 2007 we sometimes order their pricey food for the summer park nights organized by our Reynier Village Neighborhood Association, where neighbors get together to eat, chat and have fun. This week I wanted to get cookies from Dolce Isola for the last park night of 2016, since we had bought them from Fred’s Bakery on Robertson and Grand Casino in Culver City for the other park nights. But I was unhappy that they only had one choice: chocolate chip cookies, so I bought Tiramisu instead. I adore this delicious Italian custard, that literally means “pick me up” and I make it myself with soft mascarpone cheese. The Dolce Isola version was so fabulous that many people attending the social evening asked for seconds. Only after I got home I noticed the green design on the paper bag. The Isola=island that is so sweet=dolce, is Capri, off the coast of Naples. The descriptions read in Italian: the island of Love, the island of Sun, Arrivederci a Capri=let’s meet again in Capri.
So if you can’t travel to the real place in Italy, you should go to our local Dolce Isola at 2869 Robertson and have a leisurely good time, Italian style.
Text and photos by Elisa Leonelli