Dolci Café

Dolci Café
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R80 avg main meal
Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Italian
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Owner and Pastry Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her team continue to offer brilliant food and service. Dolci has established itself as the place to go for freshly made, delicious and authentic Italian food and pastries. Those familiar with the menu would vouch for their delightfully spicy Eggs in Hell (poached eggs in arriabata sauce on ciabatta), their variety of frittatas, or their gourmet sandwiches and wraps with fillings such as prosciutto, mozzarella, salami and cheese; and fillet steak and onions; among others.

If you go to Dolci for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed by the wide selection. Lunch is equally generous, with the traditional pasta dishes coming highly recommended. Burgers also feature on the menu, with Italian patties and home-made buns. Some tantalising specials to look out for include deep-fried camembert served with a bed of greens with bruschetta and carciofi ripieni (artichokes stuffed with ham, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs).

With the owner’s impressive reputation as a pastry chef, dessert is an other-wordly experience, whatever you choose from the freshly made desserts in the display fridge or set dishes on the menu. Try the zabaglione al frutti di bosco comprising marsala custard, fresh berries and Italian biscuits. Dolci Café fare is the real deal.

In addition to a wide choice of non-alcoholic cold drinks, there are fruit smoothies and milkshakes, Toni Glass hot teas, and speciality coffees and hot drinks. Wine is served by the glass and the wine menu has a wide variety, including Italian varietals like Terra del Capo sangiovese, Piccini chianti DOCG and Fantinel Refosco.

The service is superb, with Chef Righi-Boyd and her team truly going the extra mile to make every guest feel welcome and valued. It helps that the establishments has also ensured that there is plenty parking at the front as well as on the roof.

While the cheerful interior colours immediately lift the mood, the gentle, jazzy music playing in the background complements this very charming and elegantly decorated café. The ambience is very welcoming and relaxed, with the Italian goods for sale on the shelves making the eatery feel very genuine without seeming to try too hard.

You can order specialty cakes for any celebration from Dolci. The charming venue can also be hired out for private events.

(September 2016)

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  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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