By Andrea Gable
After establishing Da Corrado Ristorante as one of the top restaurants at Lake Oconee, Corrado Corrias and his wife, April, are expanding into their hometown of Madison, adding a bit of the “sweet” life to the downtown square.
Their newest endeavor, Dolce Caffe, is set to open in early August and will offer a different atmosphere to the town’s culinary scene. Focusing on American fare for lunch and brunch, the café will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will serve special weeknight dinners on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Corrado Corrias said he is working on a quality dinner menu similar to that for which he has become known for throughout the lake and plans to bring the same special events including wine tastings, casino nights, and live music to Madison.
“We want to give people in Madison a new menu in a unique atmosphere,” he said. “We are trying to create a real Italian, welcoming ‘house’ that is different than just going out for dinner. We want it to be more of an entertaining situation.”
The café will occupy the former tea room on Hancock Street near the courthouse. Corrias said the building offered a perfect environment for them to create a classical, old-style atmosphere.
“It is very classic and we were able to create a nice wood-style dining room in the old tea room,” he said. “The bar is made of cedar so the smell inside is amazing.”
Dolce Caffe will offer an extensive wine list, full bar, and specialty coffees. In addition to lunch and brunch options during the day and dinners on Wednesday and Thursday, the restaurant will also offer “family dinners” to go, Tuesday through Saturday.
Though he is still involved with his restaurant at the lake, Corrias said he is looking forward to spending a few days during the week closer to home and his family. Toggling between the two locations, he and April are working to finalize plans to open Dolce Caffe in the coming weeks, hire employees for the new location, and craft quality menus for their new patrons.
“We are working to give Madison what we give at the lake,” said Corrias. “We want to give an upscale restaurant with a fair price.”