Just a block away from the Queen Victoria Market is a little patch of bakery heaven. Dolcetti is a Sicilian pasticceria (pastry shop) offering gorgeous goodies baked in-house that highlight fresh seasonal produce.
Previously, we had only ever purchased cakes and biscuits to enjoy at home. This time there was a spare table, so Benny and I settled down to have some lunch.
The premises are quite small – room for only a dozen diners inside and another half a dozen on the footpath tables outside. On the day we visited there was a constant stream of customers stocking up on Christmas gifts – especially the house-made single serve Christmas cakes and torrone (Italian nougat). Seated at the other tables were customers – almost all of Italian heritage – catching up on the latest news over coffee and a sweet treat.
Given the name, the focus is definitely on sweet but Dolcetti also produces some rather scrummy savoury items as well. I thought these were perfect for a light lunch, although Benny would normally have something a bit more substantial. Plating for all the items used an assortment of very pretty crockery – a nice touch.
Of course we also had to indulge in something sweet – but what to choose? The day’s selection included bombolone (Italian filled donuts), cheesecakes, amaretti biscuits, a variety of cakes and fruit pastries. Everything looked gorgeous.
And finally we could not resist taking home two types of the amaretti (see first pic). Chocolate, cherry and coconut – always a winning flavour combination – and ruby grapefruit. These almond biscuits were moist and chewy, and all the flavours were a great complement to the almond. I could not pick a favourite – both were excellent.
We loved it.
OverallDolcetti is one of our favourite pastry shops in Melbourne. Try to be there early as the best things sell out quickly. They also make celebration cakes, but these must be ordered in advance. Open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Find it atDolcetti
223 Victoria Street
West Melbourne Vic 3003
Telephone: (03) 9328 1688