Named after Dave Andersen's daughter, Madeline, this is a new venture for this chef and entrepreneur. Even though his previous establishment, Madeline's Bistro, was one of the nation's top ten vegetarian restaurants, it just wasn't handy to the clientele who were traveling from LA to the valley to enjoy its delicacies. The co-owner, Dave Jerret, described their current state as a soft launch as they experiment with the menu and ideas on of which is the sign for outside which is currently a rectangular tarp. The tarp belies the interior that is beautifully and subtly themed with wooden bases, green forestry, darker green canopies, and a sky blue ceiling. Charming Lacquered wood paneling of different sizes, unframed oil landscape paintings of green hillsides by the sea, and aged metal upside down buckets as light fixtures, and metal European countryside café chairs visually make the place relaxing, even if the gelato case was way too noisy.
I had the Portophilly panini which was on an artisan ciabatta sandwich roll rather than sliced bread. This would've been a wonderful new take on the classic panini, but the thick dome of bread with the hard outer shell made it difficult for the panini press to penetrate to the center thereby not melting the cheese. Gotta have melted cheese in a panini...it's the law.
Onto the gelatos, they're all very good and reasonably priced. I wound up getting the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and the Chocolate Cream Cheese Walnut. Individually these were indulgent, but together they were amazing. The new gelato machine they have resolves the age old issue of vegan ice creams not being "creamy".