There are a lot of excellent reasons to make a booking at the just-opened Harry’s Dolce Vita on Basil Street. For one, you’ll want everything you see for your own dining room. The giant hammered brass vases on the bar, the sleek stools that line the bar, the little red glass goblets that serve as saltcellars, the quaint floral patterns on the flatware, the Fortuny fabrics and the Murano water glasses decorated with playful blue squiggles. You may even want the jauntily striped awning outside – we do.
Yet another reason: cocktails. The Harry’s Dolce Vita bartenders don’t mess about. Theirs will possibly be the best Negroni you’ve ever tasted. For each of the three ingredients (gin, vermouth and bitter aperitivo) there are six options on the cocktail list, so you can design your own or roll the dice and let fate decide. Then there’s the Espresso Martinis. You could order the classic (and you won’t regret it, we promise), or you could try Harry’s version with a twist, made with limoncello, espresso and gingerbread syrup with an “H” monogram dusted on top in chocolate.
But, for us, these are the six reasons why you need to try Harry’s Dolce Vita as soon as humanly possible.