Conveniently enough, dessert is just a few steps away, where the Bergamaschi's passion for fresh ingredients translates to over twenty rotating varieties of small-batch gelato. They range from stracciatella (like chocolate chip, but smoother and with tiny bits of crunchy chocolate), nicciola (hazelnut), and mascarpone to passion fruit, strawberry, and (my favorite) a highly refreshing lemoncello.

Whatever the Bergamaschis are doing with Dolce Vita Italian Grocer seems to be resonating with the area's Italian-Americans — many of whom can be seen enjoying a meal and watching Italian TV at one of the deli's tables topped with red-and-white checkered tablecloths, a pot of flowers, and paper placemats showing a map of Italy. But the couple tells me getting some of the American customers to understand why the pastas don't arrive loaded with sauce and cheese, why the sandwiches aren't twice their size, and why they don't have a pepperoni pizza on the menu, has been more an educational process.

A penchant for premium ingredients is what makes Dolce Vita Italian Grocer so distinctive.
Jackie Mercandetti
A penchant for premium ingredients is what makes Dolce Vita Italian Grocer so distinctive.

Location Info


Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

5251 E. Brown Rd
Mesa, AZ 85205

Category: Grocery Stores

Region: Mesa


Dolce Vita Italian Grocer
5251 East Brown Road, Mesa
Hours: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Spinach and ricotta ravioli: $13
Bresaola salad: $9.50
Classic bruschetta: $6
Dolomiti sandwich: $7

"This isn't American Italian food," Walter explains. "This is food from Italy."

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A wine, a candle light and a perfect table setting would be great. A complete set. It will make you feel like you are already in one of the elegant restaurants in Italy :)