Over the years Dolci expanded to become a fully-fledged restaurant serving an array of classic Italian dishes including mouthwatering homemade pastas, porcini bruschetta, prawns with a hint of chilli, a superb beef carpaccio, and delicious veal.
In November 2019 the Dolci team expanded into the neighbouring premises to launch Dolci Bar and Pizzeria, an adjoining bar and pizzeria producing what we think are some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in Joburg. The Dolci pizza menu features six variations of pizza including a classic Margherita with fior de late mozzarella, the Diavola with salami and hot sauce and our favourite, the Contadina with olives, mushrooms, red pepper and creamy ricotta. The secret is in using refined stone ground flour which provides the lightness and a wood-fired oven that bakes a pizza at 400 Degrees Celsius in around 90 seconds.
While Doci Cafe is a girlishly pretty space (reflecting its early incarnation as a pastry shop) Dolci Bar has a more contemporary look with a long and deep navy blue bar counter offset by facebrick walls, pops of lemon yellow velvet upholstery and soaring arched mirrors that line the back of the bar. The presence of the furiously hot pizza oven in the back makes for a warm space to cosy up during the winter months while there's also an expansive terrace outside for sunny evenings.
The bar menu boasts a great wine selection, including some competitively priced Italian imports like Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese available by the glass, alongside dozens of local bottles.
And of course this wouldn't be a classic Italian bar if there wasn't plenty of prosecco and classic Aperol spritz waiting to be enjoyed come aperitivo hour. Salute!