I had never been to Volare until about a month ago when we went with some dear friends. We had a great time. The food was outstanding, service great and the atmosphere upscale but relaxed and not stuffy. So when we wanted to take a friend out for his birthday last week we decided Volare would be a good place to go.
Based on our first experience at Volare I knew we’d have really good food and service but I didn’t know how they’d go above and beyond to make it a special evening. When I made the reservation the hostess had asked if we were celebrating anything. I told her we were celebrating a birthday and she made the notation. Our meal was great, the owner came by and said hello to our table, our server was fantastic, the whole deal. Right after we finished eating our server came with a special treat for the birthday boy. It was an absolutely gorgeous, shiny red apple made entirely of spun/blown(?) sugar. When you cracked the apple open with a spoon you found it was filled with pound cake and fruit. It was an absolute delight. Really a great, great way to end a meal. Two things about it really struck me. The first was that sculpting that dessert out of sugar must be such a time intensive project that requires so much skill. I respect a dedication to pastry arts like that so very much. The second was just an appreciation of the restaurant really wanting to make the evening special for the birthday celebrant. A free dessert on your birthday is of course nice but a free dessert that so much care and time went into making really puts Volare on an elevated pedestal for me.
More specifics about what I like at Volare: Goat cheese bruschetta, Kentucky Martini (bourbon, amaretto and a splash of cranberry juice), wedge salad with dried cranberries, risotto and portions big enough that B and I split one entree very happily (with a $4 split entree charge).
2300 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206