Monday, October 28, 2019

Day 23, 2019: La Dolce Vita Malecon (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)


Interior and sidewalk seating area

DAY 23: OCTOBER 23rd, 2019

LOCATION: La Dolce Vita Malecon (Paseo Díaz Ordaz 674, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Paul Rothman, Lily Rothman

ORDER: 2 slices of Diavola (tomato sauce, mozzarella, red sausage, sliced onion, spicy pepper), 1 slice of Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella), 2 slices of Frutti di Mare (tomato sauce, mozzarella, seafood)

Authentic Italian on the Malecon. Amidst the myriad of restaurants along the Malecon (the pedestrian walkway that lines the Bay) in Mexico's Puerto Vallarta there is but one Italian institution: La Dolce Vita. According to my cab driver, some Italian tourists visited the area over twenty five years ago and decided to stay and live “the sweet life.”  They brought with them their Italian recipes, cooking techniques, and a profound love of Puerto Vallarta.  And who can blame them? The Malecon, in particular, is situated in the heard of downtown, surrounded by shops, cafes, clubs, bars, and some of the best Mexican food in the world. The owners of La Dolce Vita must have seen a lack of great Italian cuisine and committed to filling the void. With three branches in the region they have since filled even more voids. Fortunately, one of the items on the menu is pizza. Baked in a wood oven, the thin crusted personal sized pies feature signature pizzas with both traditional and local flavors. The Frutti di Mare (fruit of the sea) pizza combines conventional tomato sauce and a stringy mozzarella cheese with locally caught seafood like shrimp and octopus. These exotic local toppings are also offered in an assortment of other Italian dishes on the menu that looked amazing on other patron's tables.  Do not limit yourself to the pizza. If you are visiting from the United States, you will find it is quite affordable to indulge on even the more expensive items. Once you visit La Dolce Vita, you too will be living "the sweet life."



Frutti di Mare



Day 23

Sean Taylor, Paul Rothman, Lily Rothman, Robin Rothman
1. La Dolce Vita is located on the Puerto Vallarat Malecon.  The "Malecon" is the path around the bay that leads to the heart of downtown.

by the Puerto Vallarta sign

2. This was my first time walking around the town of Puerto Vallarta at night. It's very peaceful and the temperature in late October is very pleasant.  


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16.5/21 = .786 x 5 = 3.93

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