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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 simple, charming Italian restaurant and bakery on a busy square on Havelock Road. It's run by a few Italians, and is surprisingly affordable. Our last review when they just opened was of their range of soft buttery pastries, but they now have Italian favourites like pasta and ravioli for grabs, and these authentic dishes get two thumbs up from us.

Ambience

Judging by the ambience of Colombo's typical authentic Italian restaurants (Santore, Pranzo, La Trattoria), you would not at first expect Dolce Italia to serve up the same fare. The main bakery space is very casual, cafe-like almost, with a cheerful window seat and a few simple chairs and tables. There's an upstairs dining space too though, for busier times in the evening. But overall, this is casual Italian dining, at surprisingly unassuming prices (Rs. 500 - 700), which is pretty new. 

In case you missed our last review, we've got to mention Dolce's chef Manuella and director Samir, the two Italian brains behind the enterprise. You'll see them around a lot, and they'll be happy to come sit and have a chat with you if you say hi. Manuella has been in the restaurant business since she was 16, and is an excellent cook, responsible for everything from the fettuccine to the ice coffees.  

The Food

Check out our previous review to read about their bakery menu of croissants, cornettos, et al. They're good. But this time we tried the mains. 

The shrimp fettuccine was our favourite from what we got, and we recommend it. It was a very filling and satisfying lunch that cost Rs. 700 - plenty of thick ribbony pasta as you can see (fettuccine means 'little ribbons' in Italian), tossed about in a killer creamy, tangy tomato shrimp sauce. I don't know what Manuella put in that sauce but it was perfection (I wish there had been more shrimp, but that's just because I'm greedy).

We also got the spaghetti carbonara (the chicken-bacon or 'fakon' as we like to call it), for Rs. 700 again (all the pasta mains are priced this way). This tasted good, but was the least exciting of the lot, very lightly garnished with grated cheese and plain strips of fakon.

The beef lasagna was another win, coming in a close second to the fettuccine. Wonderfully cheesy (all hail Italians, the gods of cheese), creamy, baked to just the right point, with the minced beef subtly infused and blending in nicely. Brilliant that this costs just 700 bucks - considering the quality of the ingredients, the care put into the recipe and how filling it is, you'd spend probably double the price for this at any other Italian place. 

We also got two tall fresh glasses of iced coffee (Rs. 250) and picked the tiramisu from their collection of refrigerated desserts. At Rs. 300, this is good takeaway-tiramisu, which again you don't easily find at other bakeries. It isn't the best tiramisu, but with its soft, coffee layers and plenty of sugary cream, we have to say it works. 

Conclusion

Dolce Italia is definitely a place we'd go back to, both for their authenticity and their affordability (it came to less than Rs. 3000 for three mains, dessert and drinks). It's a pleasant, casual space that can work both for a heavy dinner or an evening snack. 


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

User Reviews
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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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1/5

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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!

R
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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

S
1

5/5

0

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

N
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1/5

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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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