On the busy street of Collins Avenue, amidst art deco buildings and swanky nightclubs, is Dolce Italian, a restaurant tucked inside the Gale South Beach Hotel. Happy hour is offered seven days a week from 4-8 p.m. at the bar and café area only. Sadly, this means you can’t sit outside and watch the characters of South Beach walk by, though there is plenty of traffic through the Gale to keep entertained. Dolce has an extensive wine selection, and during happy hour, four of their house wines including Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Chianti and Rosé Lacryma Christi Sorrentino are available for either $8 a glass or $25 a bottle. The only beer available on draft at happy hour is the Peroni ($4). There are eight cocktails on special, each $8. The Spicy Raspberry Collins is neither too spicy nor sweet, poured with Absolut vodka, lime, fresh raspberry, spicy syrup and ginger beer. And Dolce knows how to serve a good Old-Fashioned, too. Their Maple Wood Smoked Old Fashion is served with High West Campfire Whiskey, Angostura, mole bitters and sugar. Pizza is one of Dolce’s specialties. During happy hour, three are available at a discounted rate including a spicy salami, a broccoli and Italian sausage and a traditional Margherita, all $8. All other happy hour appetizers are also $8, including meatballs, tuna tartare and gnocchi al pomodoro. Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. Monday through Sunday Recommended drink: Spicy Raspberry Collins ($8) Contact: 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-975-2550, DolceItalianRestaurant.com!
The Spicy Raspberry Collins