Fresh, plentiful and delicious best describes the food at La Dolce Vita. A local’s favorite – even those who drive from the northern beaches – this eatery has lots of choices. Come casual or dressy and sit in a window alcove or in cushy booths and enjoy Sicilian food including entrees, pizza, Stromboli, and hot and cold Panini.

Appetizers are sizeable, and the eggplant Parmigiana is a meal in itself. It is light, flavorful with a sauce into which you will want to dip. Entrees come with salad and bread with olive oil. The dressings are fresh.

Pasta choices include spaghetti, angel hair – a favorite – lasagna, penne, fettuccini, linguine, tortellini and ravioli fixed in a variety of ways. Some are spicier than others.

If you are not into heavy garlic, the chef will go easy!

Chicken dishes include Marsala, piccata, cacciatore, ripieno, and Parmigiana. Enjoy fish as well including crab cakes, flounder and tuna.  There are ten kinds of pizza from which to choose and a variety of salads including antipasto and steak tuna.

The Panini, or hot sandwiches, are served with fries. Feast on steak, burgers, meatballs, eggplant chicken, and crab and veggie selections.  The kid’s menu includes chicken fingers, ham and cheese and Italian choices.

Finish your dining experience with classic tiramisu, cannoli, Belgian Chocolate Moose cake and other delights. La Dolce Vita also serves beer and wine.

The Manteo La Dolce Vita is open year round. The Corolla eatery is open from the end of March through October. 


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The Cotton Gin

The Cotton Gin

Jarvisburg location is temporally closed. For those traveling to the Outer Banks, The Cotton Gin is a beloved landmark with its large windmill and picturesque gardens. The Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing to a gift store with 4 locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in our main store in Jarvisburg, as well as our beach stores in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head. Explore room after room filled with décor for your home and coastal fashions for both men and women. Discover the brands you really want, like, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, La Mer Luex, Simply Southern, Lindsay Phillips, Scout, Pandora, Kameleon, Brighton, Spartina, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide and Salt Life and Old Guys Rule - all under one roof!


Don’t forget the gourmet market, or shop our beautiful linens for your bedroom and bath. We also feature coastal books and fine art, or just a whimsical fun gift to bring home to family and friends. Stop by soon and don’t forget to try our estate grown wines in our stores or visit our vineyard and winery, Sanctuary Vineyards, located adjacent to the original Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.


Most know The Cotton Gin as a must-stop shop for fine gifts, beachwear, souvenirs and so much more, but this retailer has a long-standing history within the Outer Banks. A local landmark that holds almost a century of memories, The Cotton Gin started from humble beginnings and continues to adapt to the times and tourists. Tommy Wright’s family has been in the Outer Banks for nearly 200 years. His great-great grandfather, Jacob Francis Wright, shipwrecked in Duck back in the early 1800s. Calling these barrier islands his new home, Wright and his family acclimated to their new environment.


Adaptation is a common theme for the Wright family. Tommy and his wife Candace, who continue to steer The Cotton Gin, have seen not only their business change with the times, but the Outer Banks as a vacation destination as well. A farm market in Jarvisburg eventually transformed and flourished into several retail locations dotting the Outer Banks.


“As the area changed and tourism took off in the 1960s, the family saw people coming for vacations, so they began to grow vegetables and things developed from there,” says Tommy Wright. The Wright family expanded upon the farm market and began to remodel a working cotton gin, later transforming the gin into The Cotton Gin general store in the late 1960s. While the additions to the farm store drew visitors, it was their encounters with the Wright family that kept people coming back year after year, which is something that remains true today.

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