Looking for a special place for your date night? Snag a reservation at Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine, a chic new spot that just opened its doors here in D.C. The menu is an homage to owner Med Lahlou’s personal narrative, a rich family history with roots in Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Greece.
Start your romantic evening by sharing a few small plates such as the seared sea scallops with lemon zest and the kefta lamb meatballs with creamy tzatziki sauce. Savor a glass of fine wine alongside another round of meze like the beef souvlaki and the king crab-stuffed piquillo peppers. For the next course, share the grilled baby eggplant drizzled with honey and tahini alongside the Harissa-seasoned Moroccan potatoes and the lemon-pistachio Brussels sprouts. Then for the main course, split larger dishes fresh from the wood-fired oven. The 16-ounce bone-in beef chop with bone marrow, chermoula, and shishito peppers should satisfy anyone with a penchant for spice, while the chicken tagine is a milder Moroccan-spiced dish infused with fresh citrus.