Dolcetti, 223 Victoria St, West Melbourne. Phone: 9328 1688
Despite having a deep fondness for Dolcetti we don’t visit as often as we would like.
Perhaps that’s because when we’re in the West Melbourne/Victoria Market neighbourhood we are, more often than not, seeking something savoury and substantial.
Dolcetti is not big on the savouries, although on our latest visit we note there are some good-looking pizzas on display.
When we do visit, what we do get are superbly authentic Sicilian-style sweet treats.
Moreover, they’re delivered here with a lightness of touch and delicacy and refinement of flavours we rarely encounter elsewhere.
Happily, this day’s lunchtime chores have been well taken care of by the simple expedient of doing the Bratwurst Boogie down the road at the market.
So we are most certainly up for a heaping serve of sweet satisfaction of the more aesthetic variety.
Bennie stays true to form by requesting a simple old-school canoli of the chocolate/vanilla persuasion ($3.20).
Quizzed by his dad, he is a little noncommital about its merits.
Maybe because he does get tired of being required to pass judgment on what, after all, is mere food … to be enjoyed, or not, as the case may be.
He does, however, seem well pleased.
Based on my sneak taste of the two custards, such an outlook is spot on.
I go for one each of ciascuni ($2.20) and buccelatti ($2.40) .
The former has fig, walnut, orange and honey wrapped in an open snake of superb short pastry.
It’s rather plain, only mildly sweet and entirely delicious.
The buccelatti also has fig, orange, honey and walnut, along with chocolate and raisins, but the end result is substantially different, with a more chunky filling.
The citrus component is much more pronounced and does an erotic belly dance with the chocolate.
This is so good, so outrageously perfect, I buy two to take home just so Bennie can enjoy the same taste hit later in the evening.
Bennie says his hot chocolate is good; my cafe latte is better than good.
As ever at Dolcetti, we leave with food senses utterly romanced but tummies and purses in no way tested.
Visit the Dolcetti website here.
And read a cool story about Dolcetti and Marianna DiBartolo in the magazine Italianicious here.