Dolce Vita Italian Grocer - Tasty/authentic Italian in Mesa!!!
Please, please, please help keep this new gourmet Italian restaurant/deli/grocery in business (not that they've doing poorly, it just wasn't THAT busy when I stopped in and I really want them to stick around!). Dolce Vita Italian Grocer was opened by the Italian couple who've been running the very successful Gelato Dolce Vita for years now at Brown and Higley. The new Italian place is within the same building as the gelato shop and on my visit, both sides were being run by the same 2-person crew. The small but truly Italian meats and cheeses are of the highest quality and priced accordingly despite the very casual service and atmosphere. The menu is simple - homemade pasta dishes and sandwiches - but very, very good. If you've been thinking of stopping in, please do so! I've been missing the old Sanguini's on Power and McDowell for YEARS and this new spot does a pretty good job of filling the void.
I've been to the Mesa location a handful of times for gelato and had my first lunch there the other day. I had a plate of house made cavatelli w/bolognese that was simple and delicious. My dining partner had the house made spinach/ricotta ravioli with sage/butter sauce. Also quite good.
I came home with an assortment of salumi. Like you said, pretty well priced at $14-16/pound. We'll be going back quite a bit. Tasty, homey food.