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Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian delights

by Robin Garr » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:31 am

Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian delights

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Chicken marsala at Volare.
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I hate to be a whiner, so before I get to my one complaint, let me tell you all the things that I love about freshly renovated Volare:

• It looks classier than ever, thanks to a light but effective makeover.
• Chef Joshua Moore’s menu is better than ever.
• Its impressive selection of pasta dishes has been kicked up by a fancy new Italian-made pasta machine.
• The bar’s comfortable vibe is not diminished by sophisticated live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. Volare scores as both a neighborhood hangout and a city-wide destination.

But first we had to get our table. Let’s talk about that. When Mary and I and Don and Anne arrived to take up our 7 p.m. reservation, we learned that the previous party at our table was lingering. They’d be leaving soon, the host said, hopefully.

Okay, that’s fair. Even with a reservation, I get it that restaurants operate on tight margins, and if you can squeeze in another between 5:30 and 7 p.m., you’re going to do it. I can’t expect you to hold a table open just for me. But it took 30 long minutes to be seated, hungry and frankly just a little cranky about waiting that long with a reservation on a week night.

It’s a problem. Giving the dilatory group the bum’s rush just isn’t done. But at some point, a little polite conversation is in order, perhaps inviting them to wrap up their evening at a table in the bar. I understand the goal of keeping customers happy, but that’s all the customers, both the departing party and the arriving party.

Once seated, beverages from Volare’s first-rate bar program quickly adjusted our attitudes - an Oregon Deschutes IPA ($6.50) for Don, and a sweet, smoky Volare Manhattan ($10) barrel-aged in-house for me. Volare’s made-over scene retains its familiar mural of Venice’s San Marco Plaza and floor-to-ceiling wine rack, yet seems a bit more casually upscale in black and beige tones, with a new art-glass fixture.

Fortified with our drinks, warm Italian bread and a crock of roasted garlic in olive oil, we studied the menu. ...

Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/volar ... n-delights

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly’s Food & Drink section today.
http://www.leoweekly.com/category/food-drink/

Volare Italian Ristorante
2300 Frankfort Ave.
894-4446
http://volare-restaurant.com
https://facebook.com/VolareLou
https://instagram.com/volare_italian_restaurant
Robin Garr’s rating: 90 points
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Re: Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian deligh

by Heather L » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:50 am

I'm just curious - how did you know that there was a vegetarian/gluten free menu available upon request? I've never been to Volare, even though it's practically at the end of my street. It definitely falls under the special occasion category for us due to budget but when I look at their menu online, there is no indication of other options and it wouldn't have ever occurred to me to ask honestly.
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Re: Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian deligh

by Robin Garr » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:32 am

Heather, the server told us. I had asked what the ravioli with vodka sauce was stuffed with, and he said ricotta, then mentioned that they have a vegetarian and gluten-free menu. Naturally, in information-gathering mode, I asked for a look. I thought it was kind of uninspiring, though. Here, I'll post a copy of the vegetarian page. If anyone wants to see the gluten-free, I'll post it. It's basically just dishes without any pasta or bread, though. :)

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Re: Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian deligh

by Heather L » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:52 am

Thanks Robin! And I agree..... :wink:
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Re: Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian deligh

by Robin Garr » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:56 am

Heather L wrote:Thanks Robin! And I agree..... :wink:

:lol:

The ravioli vodka is really good, though. It must have a huge amount of butter and cream in it ... it's very rich. But good.
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Re: Redecorated Volare brings its top game to Italian deligh

by TimT » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:49 am

I was in town visiting a couple of weeks ago and could not resist stopping in after dinner for a bourbon gelato and coffee. Love Volare.
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