If you are looking for authentic Italian pizza in the capital, Dolce Italia is possibly your best option. Located on Skelton Road in Colombo 5, the restaurant offers authentic Italian-style pizzas and a variety of other dishes cooked up using natural local produce. The menu at Dolce Italia commendably features a diverse selection of vegan cuisine, giving diners plenty of options – ranging from a breakfast menu to vegan pizza, pasta, desserts, and drinks. Dolce Italia also strives to provide healthy options to its customers, sourcing raw ingredients from local producers while avoiding the use of artificial colours, flavours, and unhealthy oils in their meals. The restaurant has also incorporated locally-grown and healthy ingredients such as millet (kurakkan) in its recipes.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you may be curious about the diverse dining options on offer, so here’s what we tried: Arrabbiata Vegan Pizza, Vegetariana Vegan Pizza, Verdure Gnocchi, a Chocolate Croissant, and Vegan Cookies.
Dolce Italia’s Arrabbiata Vegan Pizza had a striking appearance and an appetising aroma. The pizza crust was thin and crispy and layered with fresh tomato sauce, coconut cheese, basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, chili flakes, and delicious black olives, which formed the main ingredients of our pizza. At Dolce Italia, healthy eaters don’t have to miss out on the delicious pizzas as they are can choose to have the pizza dough made out of kurakkan flour, which is a great option.Fresh tomato sauce, coconut cheese, basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, chili flakes, and delicious black olives formed the main ingredients in our pizza.
Our Vegetariana Vegan Pizza was stacked with bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, basil leaves, and olive oil, in addition to tomato sauce and coconut cheese. When combined, these ingredients result in an exquisite pizza that one cannot resist. The flavour is further enhanced by the creamy richness of the fresh tomato sauce and coconut cheese. Coconut cheese is a perfectly satisfactory substitute for dairy-based cheese. The thin slices of eggplant and zucchini were perfectly seasoned and complemented the assorted bell peppers very well.
We also tried the Verdure Vegan Gnocchi, a potato-based pasta that included a mixed fresh veggie sauce. The dish was topped off with zucchini, onions, and juicy slices of tomato. The gnocchi, which is best described as an Italian potato-based dumpling, was super soft, delicate, and divine.
On a sweet note, the Vegan Chocolate Croissant from Dolce Italia was nothing short of fantastic. The chocolate-centred croissant was buttery and light and the flavour combination was excellent. It was also quite sizeable, making for an ideal and delectable vegan breakfast or teatime alternative. The last item on our list: Vegan Cookies. Packed with raisins and almonds instead of the traditional chocolate chips, the cookies came in a lovely package, tasted heavenly, and the texture was just perfect, bringing our meal to an end on a high note. Dolce Italia Restaurant is certainly a must-try restaurant if you are looking to enjoy healthy and authentic Italian vegan cuisine. The staff is also quite helpful and able to provide additional information on the food options available. The verdict? Dolce Italia is a lovely option for a healthy and plant-based Italian culinary experience!