for the love of pastry
La Dolce Vita simply means the sweet life. And this is perfectly fitting for a new little café that has opened its doors in Johannesburg.
Situated in the suburb of Craighall Park, is Dolci Cafe. A little Italian cafe offering you a taste of authentic Italian done the Italian way. Not only is this little hidden gem a coffee shop, but you will find a selection of the very best pastries and cakes because it is also a pastry shop and a baking boutique.
Dolci Cafe is the perfect little spot for weekend breakfasts, afternoon high tea, the most decadent pastries, and scrumptious croissants. As well as, a variety of pasta dishes, as one would find at an Italian cafe.
The breakfast menu includes egg and soldiers, eggs in hell (poached eggs in an arrabiata sauce) and anchovy toast just to name a few. High Tea will give you a variety of savoury and sweet delights, such as mini quiches, and feta stuffed zucchini rolls to lemon meringue and choc and vanilla binge’s. And most of all, you will find a fridge stacked with a big selection of pastries.
To me, this is the epitome of the sweet life.
While you’re sitting inside the café sipping on your cuppacino and nibbling on pastry it will feel as if you are in the heart of Italy. The vibe is cozy chic. With white furniture and a few colourful key pieces, the ambiance is smart but still homely at the same time. There is also an outside area, perfect for basking in the sun on a winter or summers day. And bonus: its pet friendly!
What We Ate
Le bf and I went to Dolci Cafe for the very first time one Sunday for breakfast, on a chilli winters morning. We were totally spoilt for choice and after debating what to have we decided on the following: I had the boiled egg and soldiers and le bf had a mini breakfast. We chose the smallest breakfast options baring in mind we needed to have a pastry or two after. The breakfasts were perfect. The boiled egg in my egg and solders was just soft-enough-to-dunk-the-toast-in which is exactly how I like my eggs 🙂 Le bf’s breakfast was finished within a minute. Before I could look up his knife and fork was already strategically placed together on his empty plate.
We then opted for two cuppacinos and finally a cream horn that was calling out my name. The cuppacinos came with a coconut macaroon. I devoured the macaroons and ended up ordering 10 to take home for my afternoon tea time. They were delicious. As I type this my mouth is watering for another 🙂 The cream horn was filled with the creamiest custard and the crumbliest pastry, and was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth.
I foresee myself being a regular at Dolci cafe.
You know how I like to think I am Italian, and finding an authentic Italian hidden gem like this, makes me so darn excited!
Dolci Café is located at 101 Lancaster Avenue (corner Clarence Avenue) in Craighall Park.
If you would like to know anything more, visit their website here.
Finally, pictured below is just a few of the dishes and pastries they offer. There is a reason I left it for the very end of this post 😉