It’s one of Johannesburg’s most popular Italian restaurants and now the owners of Dolci Café have opened a second establishment – Bistro Dolce Vita – in the heart of Sandton.
Bistro Dolce Vita is owned and run by Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband Clayton Boyd as well as their partner Sergio Caon, who previously owned and ran Treviso Café in Craighall and who still operates a thriving boutique sourdough bread business.
Chef Jackie explains the decision to open a second eatery: “Caon, who is a fellow Italian, asked us if we wanted to go into business with him. It came at a time when we were able to grow a bit more. Bistro Dolce Vita is not a franchise but more ‘in conjunction with’ Dolci. It is situated inside the Regent Apartment complex in Morningside and will have a wider offering than just Italian cuisine.”
Clayton explains the change in name for those who don’t speak Italian: “Because we aren’t franchising Dolci Café, we didn’t want to use the same name, however Dolci Café will be the central kitchen and will control all of the food quality, also some of our familiar favourites will be seen on the menu at Bistro Dolce Vita, so we wanted a link to be there.
“The grammar difference in Italian is the reason for the difference in spelling of the word Dolci/Dolce. So, we are Dolci Café, which is sweet or dessert in the plural form. However, we are playing with the title of Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita” which is singular, so the new restaurant would be called Bistro Sweet Life if it was translated.”
Bistro Dolce Vita still has the Italian leaning that Chef Jackie has become known for but it is more cosmopolitan and also includes recipes from other parts of the world. There is a small permanent menu with regular specials and rotation of the chefs that work at Dolci Café and Bistro Dolce Vita.
A: The Regent complex, 21 West Rd South, Morningside.
T: 011 581 0232.
H: Mon – Thurs 07:00 – 20:30; Friday 07:00 – 16:00 and Saturday and Sunday 08:00 – 14:30.