West Chester’s dolce Zola, an Italian BYOB on East Gay Street, offers seasonal menus filled with delicious meals served in an intimate atmosphere, writes Ken Alan for Main Line Today.
The food is prepared by Pietro and Antonella Belfiore, who work alongside their son, Giorgio, in perfect family harmony.
The menus reflect the flavors of several regions in Italy, especially the province of Novara, which is known for its Gorgonzola. The restaurant is famous for its delicious pastas, as well as daily meatball, soup, and crostini offerings.
Pasta highlights include silken nests of angel hair and tonnarelli and potato gnocchi. These can be paired with a choice of ragu, bacon-flecked carbonara, or the rousing jalapeño-puttanesca sauce, among others.
The special touch is provided by Pietro, who uses his scientific knowledge as a former biochemist to profile the flavors of the curated cheeses he pairs on his boards.
Desserts include fried pastries and chocolate mousse spiked with amaretto.
The restaurant is located in a circa-1865 townhouse that matches the cuisine perfectly. It offers a series of cozy dining spaces and a 12-seat chef’s table with a nice view of the bustling kitchen. There’s also a charming back patio for al-fresco dining.
Read more about dolce Zola in Main Line Today here.