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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 is a new Italian eatery that's cropped up on that crowded corner on Havelock Road (alongside Amrith and Xilaton). Given its location amid popular fast-food-style Indian/Chinese outlets, we had our doubts about its authenticity. But we were pleasantly surprised. 

It just opened, so we'll have to wait another week to sample their mains (pastas, panini et al). But right now they've got some great Italian pastries, biscuits, breads, and good service courtesy of their Italian owner and chef. 

Update: They just opened their other branch close-by as well, on the Galle-Road-side of Dickman's Road.

The Food

As if the scrumptious picture above isn't evidence enough, the place has got a lovely selection of soft buttery pastries. The above is a cornetto (no, not the Walls kind), something like a danish, which tasted pretty great by pastry standards. A lot like Delifrance pastries but maybe a little better. It cost Rs. 320 though. 

The pizzas they had at this Italian joint were unfortunately not the Italian kind, and were a hit and miss. They were made on very thin soft bread but were more like the made-in-the-morning-and-stored-in-the-fridge kind. This is keeping with the whole bakery theme downstairs though and we're hoping we get to sample some real pizzas once their mains are ready next week.


The frollini are little sugary cookies, some of them like gnanakathas. You can get about a dozen for Rs. 180, and they make tasty finger food with a cup of tea. 


My favourite was the panzerotti (Rs. 280), a giant sugary croissaint-ish pastry, stuffed at its center with thick, creamy chocolate. 

Ambience

Dolce Italia has a very clean, simple interior. The main door takes you to the bakery section where you get the pastries in glass cases, the breads on shelves, and also a very cute long window seat. There's also a pleasant teal-themed room upstairs for dining-in, for when the place really gets on its feet. 

We saw a few Italian customers patronizing the eatery, so like the throngs of Chinese customers at a legit Chinese restaurant, it says something. On your visit you'll also probably bump into the Italians behind the business - Director Samir Noumeh, a very jolly giant, and the chef Manuella, who - we were told - has been in the restaurant business since she was 16 years old. 

Conclusion

Dolce Italia is still brand new, and we'll have to visit again for the final verdict - but so far, their stuff seems to be quite authentic and made with quality ingredients. It's a comfy place to relax and have some quality short-eats and biscotti at the window seat, and we hope their main dishes are going to be just as good. 


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

Closed right now

Cuisine

Italian Bakery

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Pasta Cakes Bready Pizza Short Eats Coffee Tea Bites

User Reviews
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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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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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5/5

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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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5/5

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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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