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La Dolce Vita Bakery & Wine Bar Cafe Restaurant Review: Skip the touristy crab leg cavalcades and greasy pizza joints when hunger hits at the oceanfront and saunter over to this sunny slice of Europe one block from the beach. Albeit warm and casual, an undeniably sophisticated, continental flair infuses all its incarnations: café, bakery, wine bar (there’s even a market case with antipasto fixings and a demo kitchen for classes). Best of all, it’s a gleaming showcase for Victoria Caruso, a scion of the La Bella Italia family, and her husband Joe to produce well-crafted salads and sandwiches with fine ingredients. Start the day with a breakfast sandwich take-away or linger longer over lunch/early dinner (it’s open until 8 p.m. or so on weekends) with such dishes as roasted chicken salad, Vermont cheddar and fig jam with house dressing on thick-sliced, just-baked, seed-studded bread, or a chopped salad constructed as you direct. The wine bar dispenses interesting, unusual, well-priced offerings while the pièce de résistance is Victoria’s baking prowess on display in the form of whipped cream-stuffed lobster tail pastries, cupcakes and bread puddings.