Villa Dolce: Mediterranean flavor in Middleton

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Matt Geiger
Ashley Tepper with a “Divinity” cocktail made from Kahlua, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Sobieski vodka and chocolate gelato.

It’s hard to imagine Middleton without the Lumani family. They’ve been here for nearly a quarter century, and their eateries have been the scene of so many local conversations, get-togethers and, obviously, delicious meals.

It was in 2006, with 16 years in the restaurant business already under their respective belts, that they decided to open a contemporary Italian café. A place where diners could take their time and lounge in stylish comfort, all while enjoying authentic pizzas, fresh gelato, and delectable dishes from across the Mediterranean. It was a surprising marriage of sophistication and casual dining.

Thus, Villa Dolce was born.

They chose a historic building, located at 1828 Parmenter Street – right in the heart of downtown Middleton. They filled it with color, cozy seating, and class. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Tony Lumani says they initially came to Middleton, years earlier, for a business opportunity offered here. (Members of the family opened Bavaria Family Restaurant, since renamed Sofra Family Bistro, just around the corner.)

At Villa Dolce, Lumani said the menu and ambiance are intended to “bring little bit of Europe [to] downtown Middleton.”

His favorite menu items? Lumani sliders, salmon salad, gelato and “everything else” on the menu.

“I can’t thank the customers enough,” he added. “[The] community, neighbors [and] Middleton.”

 

 

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