Independent Italian café in St Albans city centre closes unexpectedly

Dolce Italia St Peter's Street

Dolce Italia St Peter's Street - Credit: Archant

A city centre family-run Italian café has suddenly closed, much to the dismay of its regular customers.

Dolce Italia in St Peter’s Street, which first opened its doors in June 2012, was renowned for its authentic Italian cakes, pastries and ice creams.

But without warning, the café failed to open last week, leaving many wondering what had caused its demise and taking to social media to voice their opinions.

Jacquelyn Webb-Sinclair said: “I think The Beechhouse opening had a devastating effect on them. So sad.”

Fellow St Albans resident Jane Russell said: “That is really sad. I think Baskin & Robbins/Dunkin Donuts probably affected them too.

“I deliberately gave them business even when there was an ice cream deal at B&R because I hate it when big companies push out independents. Real shame…”

St Albans mum Sarah Wynne said: “Oh no! My daughter loved going into there every time we were in town. She’ll be so upset.”

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Despite efforts made by the Herts Advertiser to contact Dolce Italia, no-one was available for comment before deadline.