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Hapeville’s Hidden Gem

If you are looking for a special place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, look no farther than Volare Wine and Bistro: “Where Food Happens.”

Located in the heart of downtown Hapeville, across from the railroad depot, sits Volare on North Central Avenue. This hidden area gem is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention as you drive down North Central.

However, once you dine at Volare, you’re sure to return again and again, that’s a guarantee.

As Volare is not a huge restaurant, reservations are suggested for dinner and it also attracts a steady lunch crowd. A favorite to nearby Delta and Porsche employees as well as neighborhood residents, Volare is one of South Fulton’s premiere eating destinations.

Try the Bistro Meatloaf, complete with caramelized onions, smoked tomato jam, mashed potatoes and coffee-roasted carrots, or the Blackened Mahi Mahi. The Smoked Gouda Alfredo is a hit among pasta lovers and vegan choices like the Asparagus and Mushroom Ravioli are also available.

Volare’s vast wine selection offers a cultural cornucopia for wine enthusiasts.

“When people come here and they are having a birthday party or a nice time, we like to show them the reserve list,” said waitress Cheryl Carnes. “Nothing’s by the glass. That’s the good stuff there.” Hint: Try the Altamura.

As far as the vino rosso (red wine) selection, the Gouguenheim Malbec from Argentina is a local favorite. Rich with strong aromas, including scents of ripe fruits, plums, black cherry and black currant, chocolates and violets, it has a well-balanced acidity and a long finish which lends to good structure and soft tannins. Volare’s craft beer selection will delight as well.

I enjoyed the Schlink Haus Riesling while I dined, which is well-balanced and slightly fruity, semi-dry white wine. It’s a crisp, refreshing wine harmoniously balanced, with fragrant, fine fruit and a light sweetness. The wine was excellently paired with the Blackened Mahi Mahi.

The thick, mild, flaky white fish was perfectly grilled with chilled lump crabmeat served atop mashed potatoes with red tobiko (fish eggs). A pickled red onion salad with arugula, radish, berries and pumpkin seeds finished with vanilla bean vinaigrette complemented the meal.

This light but satisfying meal allowed enough room for dessert, a scrumptious flourless chocolate bourbon cake. The gluten-free cake is a savory, warm, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate delight. Similar to a fudge brownie, this unbelievably delicious dessert is topped with pecans, caramel and homemade whipped cream.

Volare will feature a three-course special for Valentine’s Day, so book today for a night you won’t forget! Bon Appetit!

Volare Wine and Bistro

603 N. Central Avenue

Hapeville, GA 30354