Dolci Café

Dolci Café
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R120 avg main meal
Coffee, Family friendly, Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Italian
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

This is an everyday eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner most days of the week. Expect unpretentious but delectable dishes made with love.

Breakfasts are all-encompassing: everything from freshly baked croissants, scones and muffins to smoothie bowls, frittatas, eggs and soldiers and the full English. Popular dishes include the high-protein, egg white and oat griddle cakes with honey and banana and the simple cinnamon-and-sugar pancakes.

For lunch and dinner you have to start with one of Luciana’s best-known dishes: the zucchini fritti – light and crispy fried zucchini chips that are just heavenly. Also scrumptious is the cappelletti in brodo, a deliciously comforting broth dappled with stuffed pasta parcels. If it’s homemade pastas you’re after, look no further – the spinach-and-ricotta cannelloni and the lasagnes, especially the asparagus and brie twist on the traditional, are legendary.

For mains, any one of the the veal dishes is bound to hit the spot, as will the pollo farcito: tender chicken breasts layered with Italian cheese, wrapped in Parma ham, cooked with fresh sage and served with the crispiest, fluffiest potato wedges known to man. The polpette parmigiana – traditional Italian meatballs in a Napolitana sauce and mozzarella cheese – is another of their best sellers, and for good reason: it’s the ultimate comfort food.

For dessert it’s a toss-up between the famed dolci della Nonna – layers of zabaglione, cream, amaretti biscuits, pecan nuts and dark chocolate; a simple affogato; or some nibbles from Jackie’s pastry display (the cream horns and éclairs are fantastic).

There’s a great variety of both local and Italian wines, as well as lovely options from Europe and South America. Mark-ups are fair and there’s a good assortment by the glass. They’ve added a selection of classic cocktails to their drinks offering if you’re in the mood for an aperitif to start your evening.

Situated within a small strip mall along Clarence Avenue, Dolci is your quintessential neighbourhood eatery. The white interior is prettied in turquoise, emerald and pink tones and light jazz plays in the background. It’s a space filled with ladies lunching and business brunches during the day and family celebrations at nights. Shaded outdoor seating catches the afternoon sun.

Waiters are keen, knowledgeable and sincere. Great hands-on management from the owners.

Best for…
Business lunches, afternoon teas, breakfast with the girls and family dinners.

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(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • Food delicious and the staff go above and beyond!
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  • Went for the high tea with my best friend. Lovely vibe and atmosphere in this special place in Craighall. The owner and her staff members were super professional as they tended to our needs. As a tea lover, I was pleased with the assortment and the pastries were so tasty. Planning on taking my daughter there for a fun time.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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