• Dolce & Salato Italian Café Opens in Uptown Hoboken

    There’s a new, locally-owned bakery and cafe in the Mile Square! Northwest Hoboken — here comes Dolce & Salato, the latest uptown café to offer authentic Italian cuisine. On Monday, August 6th, Dolce & Salato will soft open its doors at 1101 Grand Street, serving up Italian coffee, fresh pastries, salads, paninis, and a fresh, modern vibe.

    dolce e salato hoboken

    Dolce & Salato, a neighborhood Italian café and Pasticceria, is the {delicious} brainchild of two partners who hail from Italy and Hoboken respectively: Maurizio Dolce and Michael Nirchio. When Maurizio was 12, he immigrated to New Jersey from Palermo, Sicily and for the first time, saw Hoboken  — what was to become the home of his future restaurant endeavor. Michael, a native of Hoboken, was born in Saint Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken to parents who came from Molfetta, Italy.

    dolce e salato hoboken

    With such rich history, it’s no wonder Dolce & Salato’s milieu maintains a similar vibe. “It is modern, yet warm, so our customers can come to enjoy a cup of coffee, a book, or lunch,” say owners Maurizio and Michael. “The ambiance is elegant and comfortable with a ton of natural light.” {Side note: Natural light is clutch for the ‘gram and those coffee flat lays you will be itching to take.} “Eventually, we will have some photos up from our time in Italy so that we may share that experience with our customers.”

    Curious to learn more about the new pace? Keep reading to check out can’t-miss menu items and more info on the latest café to join us in Uptown Northwest Hoboken:

    dolce e salato hoboken
    With an origin story like that of Michael and Maurizio, you can imagine that the menu doesn’t disappoint. After all, this is some quality, authentic Italian food. You can view the full menu here but for now, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite dishes we think are worth mentioning:

    Under the lite bites portion of the menu, there is Fried Tortellini packed in a Panko Parmigiano crust and paired with a marinara dipping sauce that’s to die for. For vegetarians, there’s an eggplant option under “lite bites” — an eggplant caponata that features eggplant, extra virgin olive oil, onion, celery, capers, green olives, and vinegar with crostini. Another standout {and for good reason} is Parm focaccia panini, which features prosciutto and house-made mozzarella, Maurizio’s personal favorite dish. We know, we know — the drool is real.

    On to the more important part of the menu for the morning crowd: COFFEE. Dolce is keeping all things in the family, with Michael’s wife Giuseppina working behind the counter to deliver jolt-worthy coffee to customers — espresso, double espresso, iced coffee, American coffee, cappuccino, latte, Americano, mocha, macchiato, and specialty coffees like capri, taormina, milano, pisa, and more. We asked about dairy-free options, and while they don’t have any currently, they’re thinking of adding almond + oat milk to the menu.

    READ: A Guide to the Coffee Shops of Hoboken

    dolce e salato hoboken

    ^^ It’s important to note that they do have WiFi — but we totes agree with this sign. 

    Arguably the most important part of the new Italian café’s menu: desserts. With a dessert list like this one, including cannoli cake, rum cake, Nutella + chocolate cake, st honore, fruit tart, cheesecake, tiramisu cake, and chocolate mousse cake, plus eight flavors of gelato, you might want to stop into Dolce just for some to-go treats.

    dolce e salato hoboken

    dolce e salato hoboken

    Stand-out gelato flavors include limone, pistachio, fior de latte, and cioccolato. Butter, almond, and pignoli cookies can also be purchased by the pound.

    If you’ve been reading the word “authentic” what feels like too many times throughout this post, know that it’s because it is rooted in truth. After all, it’s part of both Michael’s and Maurizio’s mission statements for Dolce. “We wanted to bring an authentic Italian café to a great neighborhood where Italian roots run thick,” they explain.

    dolce e salato hoboken

    dolce e salato hoboken

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    “The inspiration came after we went back home on a trip to Italy and experienced their cafés again. When we came back to New Jersey, we missed all the things we had been eating and drinking each day and said to ourselves, why can’t we have that here? Dolce & Salato aims to bring a piece of Italy to Hoboken.” And a piece of it they brought. The outdoor cafe vibe really adds to the relatively quiet northwest Hoboken area. A welcome addition.

    Dolce & Salato officially opens Monday, August 6 at 1101 Grand Street in Hoboken. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 8AM to 7PM, and Sunday 8AM to 6PM. Dolce will be open for both breakfast and lunch and also has products from Italy directly for sale. We’re so excited to welcome them to the neighborhood!

    Make sure to stop by this week and check out the new space. 

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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