Local Eats: Dolci Paradiso
Dolci Paradiso provides a space for connection over confection at the corner of 5th and Littler in Park 17. This brightly-colored sweet shop has elevated Edmond’s dessert scene.
A Sweet Spot in 2020
A taste of gelato while on vacation became the inspiration for Dolci Paradiso. On a mission to bring quality desserts closer to home, Hema Patel began perfecting her recipe. “Gelato contains a third of the butter fat of traditional ice cream. With less air, the texture is more dense and decadent. Gelato is served at a warmer temperature than ice cream, allowing the flavors to shine,” Hema says. She makes her gelato in small batches, using the finest ingredients.
After opening the first Dolci Paradiso on the Southside of Oklahoma City, Hema discovered that many Edmondites would make the trek for a treat. A corner shop overlooking Stephenson Park has proven to be the perfect spot for the second location that opened in September of this year.
Family is of utmost importance to Hema. It brings her joy to see families admire the display case together, discussing what they’ll get and ensuring they can take a bite of what the other orders. Dolci Paradiso is a place where families and friends can unplug and connect over something sweet.
Creating Everyday Celebrations
Hema offers custom cakes and savors the opportunity to discuss sponge, filling, cream and color choices. She also has ready-made cakes for the more spontaneous of celebrations. Dessert trays and custom catering options are perfect for businesses or gatherings. Macarons are the crown jewels of the pastry case, their airy texture and indulgent flavors are crowd pleasers. The gelato affogato is a perfect treat for winter, where icy and sweet gelato meets warm and toasty espresso. The keto creme brûlée is perfect for those who wish to not stray too far from their diet. The giant cream puffs are a favorite, piled high and filled with fluffy vanilla bean cream.
Hema, a nurse by trade, says, “I live by the idea that everything is good in moderation. Indulging once in a while is not a bad thing, in fact it’s necessary!” The pastry case is as much a treat for the eyes as for the stomach. Authentic French pastries, eclairs, and tarts are masterfully prepared. Hema was sure to include everyone with gluten free, dairy free, vegan and keto offerings. Hema explains, “Our gelato and sorbets are all-natural, preservative-free and dye-free, made using gelato makers like you’d find in Italy. Our pastries are handcrafted in-house by our pastry chef.” The attention to detail is what sets them apart, it’s a difference you can taste.
Hema would love to serve you at Dolci Paradiso and help you find your new favorite dessert! Find them on social instagram @dolciparadisoedmond, on Facebook, or by visiting www.dolciparadiso.com.