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4/5

Dolce Italia

5, Skelton Road, Colombo 05


Dolce Italia's Skelton Road outlet is a beautiful house-turned-restaurant with a warm ambience and some stellar dessert options. Their pizza is alright, too.



Dolce Italia's new spot on Skelton Road is indicative of the brand maturing. Gone are the plastic tables and bright green decor of their old premises, the new spot is a cosy space with lots of seating, lots of staff, and even a pizza oven.

Drinks & Dining

We decided to get one of our old Dolce favourites, the Shrimp Fettuccine (Rs. 1150). The waiter suggested red sauce, so we went with that. Slightly al dente, with oodles of fragrant and herby tomato-based sauce, the pasta was great, and surprisingly filling.

They've got a whole new pizza menu now, so we decided to check out a couple of their toppings. We opted for half Quattro Formaggio (Rs. 1400) and half Pollo Spezie (Rs. 1300) upon the waiter's recommendation. Altogether, the pizza came to Rs. 1350. The 4 cheese was quite good, with a selection of imported cheeses including blue cheese gracing the light and thin base.  

The spicy chicken topping was quite disappointing, as it basically tasted like curry and was so wet it soaked through the base giving it a roti-like consistency. Italian chicken curry and roti is not something you want to experience.

The management noticed our pizza and told us the spicy chicken was a poor choice (we kind of wish they'd told the waiter this first!), and insisted on sending out a couple more pizzas for us to taste. They wouldn't charge us for these (clearly being a YAMU reviewer is no longer an anonymous profession), so we're not going to review them in detail. The Dolce special features a full fried egg hidden under two sheets of rubbery chicken bacon. The other is a veg-friendly Quattro Stagioni (without the traditional ham and salami).

They also insisted we try their kurakkan pizza, which was superb in its simplicity. Think of it as a starter or healthy replacement for garlic bread. In fact, you can use kurakkan as a base for any of the pizzas if you ask.

As before, Dolce doesn't serve any alcohol, but they don't mind if you bring in a bottle of wine. Their drinks selection are the usual ice tea, soft drinks, and coffee, although they've invested in a shiny new coffee machine.

We tried an ice tea (Rs. 100) and lime soda (a tad pricey at Rs. 350), along with a cappuccino (also Rs. 350). The tea and soda were fine, straightforward cold drinks perfect for the heat.

Frothy, strong, and not burnt, the cappuccino was enjoyable. They use Guatemalan Arabica capsules in their machine rather than beans in order to maintain consistency. 

Their tiramisu (Rs. 350) is a real steal at that price, because it's packed with quality ingredients and prep. We highly recommend it, along with their other pastries, profiteroles, and eclairs (all around the same price).

Service & Ambience

The service here has always been friendly and efficient. The waiters are very nice, but they're not always well-versed in Italian cuisine so you might want to speak to the owners/management if you want recommendations. 

The new ambience is lovely. A converted Colombo 5 house, the new Dolce has lots of space, seating, and natural light. There's also lots of stuff you can choose from their bakery/pastry section. 

Overall

I'm personally not a fan of pork-substitute products (like substituting bacon with chicken bacon or pepperoni with cut up bits of chicken sausage), but I understand Dolce's decision to keep their customers of different faiths happy. I really recommend trying out their kurakkan base, their pasta, or even just stopping in for a pastry and coffee. This is probably the most reasonable spot for good Italian fare in the city.


TIP

Get the custard Cannolo, or the tiramisu.

Address

5, Skelton Road, Colombo 05

Directions

The new location is on Skelton Road, just off Dickman's Road.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Open until 10:00 PM

Cuisine

Italian Bakery

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Pasta Cakes Bready Pizza Short Eats Coffee Tea Bites


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AdamG

Food is delicious. Nice restaurant

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cantstopeating

I love this place! Their staff are very friendly, as is the very jolly owner. The food, though, renders me speechless. It's incredibly good. I go there all the time and every time, I've had a five star experience. They also sell Italian food products there, like a mini grocery store, and I think they also have rooms. All in all, one of the best places to eat in Colombo!

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RMT2019

Good quality bruschetta
Coffee okay.
Loved the macaroons
Be back for pasta and supplies soon
Ciao

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AdamG

Food is delicious. Nice restaurant

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cantstopeating

I love this place! Their staff are very friendly, as is the very jolly owner. The food, though, renders me speechless. It's incredibly good. I go there all the time and every time, I've had a five star experience. They also sell Italian food products there, like a mini grocery store, and I think they also have rooms. All in all, one of the best places to eat in Colombo!

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RMT2019

Good quality bruschetta
Coffee okay.
Loved the macaroons
Be back for pasta and supplies soon
Ciao

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Sandro Milan

I think it is difficult to find such good dishes in Italy for this when I found them in Colombo I was amazed but above all pleasantly impressed thank Manuela

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Nimmi

Had a terrible experience at this place. Went there for the first time to get their Tiramisu, only to be completely ignored by the staff, while they greeted and served their foreign customers who came after me, even though I had repeatedly tried to get their attention at the counter! A man who I believe was the owner saw this and asked the rude male staff member to see to me. I complained about what had just happened, very politely, bought my tiramisu to go, and left. Afterwards I see that in an act of petty revenge against myself, and I believe the owner too, this staff member had twisted and broken the spoon I had asked for!
All I can say is that although the dessert was good, I will never go back here again! The owner may have been nice but his staff are awful. Either my appearance wasn't fancy enough (I wasn't wearing makeup) to warrant being served or I wasn't white enough, meaning that this place is either elitist or racist! All reasons to stay well clear. To the owner I will say, the food is good, and I could see that you try to keep a close eye on your staff, as am guessing this must have happened before, but you really need to replace that employee, as he clearly has no respect for customers and most importantly for you!

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AmandaG

DELICIOUS Buffalo Mozarella pizza. Convincingly genuine thin napolitan-style crust with generous topping. The waiters were rather confused, but very friendly. They did need a gentle reminder now and then. Most importantly - the pizza we had was delicious, followed by a satisfyingly strong little espresso.

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Hiran De Silva

Service needs to improve! They bring in the wrong pizza and just keep quite… When request to correct it, the topins are just sprinkled on top :@ The ඉස්සෝ වඩෙ cart guys in galleface can do a better job…urgh

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Hashinka Wickramaratne

Tried the new place in Rajagiriya for the first time. Food was good as usual. Had a large number of flies flying around the entire restaurant. Our table itself had 3-4 roaming at any given time.

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indi YAMU STAFF

Consistently good, and the owner is usually there like all the time keeping an eye on things. The only slight bummer is that they don't use pork products, but I guess that makes more people happy. Their ricotta ravioli is good, and the salads are huge and a great value.

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