Around Bowling Green with Leona + Novo Dolce

Being from England I love a good pub.  Meat and potato pie, cheese and onion pie, fish and chips ... excuse me while I reminisce.  Granted I was 8 when I left England but what I've heard is that nothing beats a good pint of ale!  So when I learnt about Novo Dolce, the sophisticated gastro pub in Bowling Green, I had to visit.

All images are by Kelly Lee Flora Photography.  Below is a chat I had with executive chef Sasa Mandrapa.

'so what you're saying is ...'

'I'm just so funny'

'haha yes you are'

'thanks, I really am aren't I'

LM – What is your business name and how long have you been open?

SM – Novo Dolce Gastro Pub has been open for 2 and a half years.  The first year and a half we were located on Morgantown Road.  The 'Pub' originated in England and concentrated on the bar sales of the business with food as a side note.  The 'Gastro Pub' has almost flipped that around with a bigger concentration on good food.

LM – What was your life like before what you do now?

SM –  I've always worked in restaurants.  I started at the Brickyard in 1999 when they opened and then me and my wife moved to St. Louis.  We moved back to Bowling Green and I opened my first restaurant The Bistro.

LM – What is the hardest part of managing a small business?

SM – Being away from my family.  The days are long and I don't get to see my baby girl Mona as often as I'd like.

LM – What is your favorite part about what you do?

SM – Creating a space for friends and families to gather around the table with good food, drink and conversations.

LM – If you could do any other job for a day what would it be?

SM – I ask myself that all the time!  Maybe a surgeon??  An ER surgeon with the fast paced lifestyle they have.

LM – What is your favorite part about Bowling Green?

SM – The fact that even though Bowling Green is big and growing every day, we still have a small and cozy feel.  My wife's family is here and I really like the schools for my girl.

LM – Last but definitely not least, a gun is pointed at your head and you have to choose triple layer black forest cake with chocolate shavings, New York original cheesecake, or fruit?

SM – Fruit  (this is the third time in a row that I got the fruit answer!!)

Thanks Sasa!

Cheers to happy hour, English ale and fruit!

P.S. My scarf and sweater vest are from Old Navy.