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Meet Alenka Vasilj of Dolcetti in Park Ridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alenka Vasilj.

Alenka, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My mother and grandmother inspired me. As a child, I would help them bake our specialty Croatian Christmas cookies every year. We would start right after Thanksgiving and make over two dozen varieties. After attending Kendall College and The French Pastry School of Chicago I knew I wanted to share my ethnicity through food so that people can enjoy and love what I did as a child. After having the courage and support from my husband and family I was able to open Dolcetti in July 2014.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, there were many challenges in opening a small business. One major obstacle was when our pastry case arrived it did not fit through the door! In a panic, I was wondering what on Earth we are going to do. So, my husband Joey and I took it upon ourselves to take the door and partially the frame off and we were able to squeeze the case in. Nothing ever runs smoothly 100%; I believe you need to learn, grow, and adapt.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dolcetti – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Dolcetti is a patisserie and cafe where we make all of our pastries from scratch. We are a bit of a melting pot when it comes to our desserts; we specialize in a little bit of Croatian, French, American, and Viennese pastries. Also, not only do we have a full espresso bar and brew Intelligentsia coffee but we change out a seasonal savory menu of salads and sandwiches. We are known for our creamy quiche, blueberry scones, and almond croissants.

The thing that makes me so proud of Dolcetti is seeing people’s happiness when they have our product and that they can tell the craftsmanship and love that was put into it.

What sets Dolcetti apart is the relationships we have formed over the past three years. They have become an extended family to us.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
No plans yet but, we would love to expand and create a gourmet brunch spot in Park Ridge.


  • Almond Croissant $4.59
  • Opera $4.75
  • Lemon Tart $4.99

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Jackie Jasperson
Diana Massaro

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1 Comment

  1. Chrissy

    August 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Dolcetti’s pastries, cookies, and cakes are amazing! You can taste the quality of ingredients and craftsmanship. Truly a must for those with discerning taste!

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