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Published December 12th 2012
Really little Italy but really good
Dolcetto in North Perth is one of the few places I've been to recently that offers genuinely delicious and freshly made cakes and savoury options in a charming suburb close to the city, without charging ridiculous prices for them. For under $15 you can get a tasty slice of their wonderful pizza, a decent enough coffee and a sweet delight from their plentiful cabinet.
Not what I got (but also looks good!) Image from Dolcetto website.
If you're used to heading down to your favourite small cafe on Angove St, think again. Dolcetto is around the corner, on Fitzgerald St, and since they've revamped the interior, it's a wonderful choice for those seeking shelter from the rain and solace in some Italian custard (as my mum and I can testify).
We both had a slice of the vegetarian pizza (which was somehow better than normal pizza - maybe it's the cheese they use?), which was $7, and served with a salad garnish. We both had coffees, which could have been stronger and hotter, but were nice enough. $3.80 is about the going rate for coffee in Perth (and for about 3L of milk from the supermarket... go figure) so the prices were in keeping with this.
The real excitement came when we got to choose a treat each. The pastry chef was there chatting with some regulars (it's that kind of place!) so you could be assured everything in that fridge was fresh. I chose this wonderful arrangement of pastry, Italian custard and sponge cake drenched in liqueur with a cherry centre. It also had a blob of chocolate on the top. The custard is the best you'll ever taste, and the serve was a generous one. My mum got the lemon brulee tart, which was light, but with a good citrus bite. Each was around $3.80/$4. Well worth it.
I'm looking forward to going back and trying some of their eclairs and fruit tarts and biscuits and... probably a bit of everything. I even think I'll order my wedding cake from there. Next mission: find a husband.