I've been intrigued by Maudies5 pronouncements that Dolce Isola is really great despite being a production kitchen for the Ivy. I've been to the one for BreadBar in El Segundo and Drago's Dolce Forno in Culver City. While you can get some good staples there, they're not really places to go for lunch.
Went in around 1:30 and found a mob of kids who were just let out of Hamilton High, most of whom were asking what the cheapest thing on the menu was. For the record, its the chocolate chip cookie for 75¢. The staff seemed to be taken by surprise since classes usually don't get out till 3, but this was an early release day. I didn't mind the kids. It was fun people watching and they were gone almost as fast as they arrived.
Usually they will do table service but at that point it was easier to order at the counter. I had the corn chowder, which was reminiscent of one of my favorite clam chowders back in Newport RI. Very buttery. Also it's a huge portion served with a toasted baguette and butter. For a sandwich I had Dolce Club on sourdough. Since they seem to bake the sourdough in large baguette form, the plate consisted of two sandwiches made from sliced rounds. The crust of the bread was break your teeth crunchy but the inner bread was tender and light. I couldn't quite tell how good the sourdough tasted since their was a lot going on with the turkey, avocado, very crisp bacon, ripe tomatoes, even though tis not the season. The sides were potato salad and red cabbage slaw. The sandwich and sides were very good. The food came out fast, fresh and hot [soup and toasted baguette] The cup of water served to me had a slice of lemon and cucumber in it.
I was so full there was no room of dessert. My only little quibble was the tables are so tiny my soup and sandwich took up more than 2/3rds of a table which had 3 chairs around it.
I know my co-workers are happy that there is a replacement for Bluebird where they can get lunch and a cupcake. While the price was bordering on a little high for just lunch [$19 +tip] but it's worth it for a once in while splurge.
2869 South Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
8am - 3pm, Saturday