Dolce Sicilia was born from the determination of two nostalgic Sicilians to bring the best of their sunny island to England.
With Dolce Sicilia we want to bring the richness of flavours of our typical breakfast to morning commuters at St Albans Abbey Railway Station.
The historical rail station of St Albans Abbey was the first railway station in St Albans, built in 1858. It currently doesn't have any food or drink offering for commuters, going to and from Watford Junction, or fitness enthusiasts, running and boot-camping in Verulamium Park, or people working at the nearby business park.
Sicily is well known for its flavoursome food, the decadence of its desserts, and the freshness of its ingredients - oranges, pistachio and almond nuts above all. A typical Sicilian breakfast includes a baked good, like a warm, fragrant brioche (our classic brioscia col tuppo, brioche with a hair bun, as we call it), plain or filled with pistachio, almond or chocolate cream, and a good, rich coffee. In summer, this can be substituted by an almond milk or coffee granita.In both cases, a satisfying and delicious breakfast that we hope people will be looking forward to.
We own a very quirky second-hand coffee van, which we would like to refurbish and bring to St Albans Abbey station every morning, in weekdays , to offer Sicilian baked goods and a freshly made authentic Italian coffee from a small producer near Naples (or a tea or a hot chocolate, it that's what floats your boat!).
We want our offering to be for everyone, and to be affordable, so we will make regular breakfast deals for people that want a brioche and a drink, and we plan to serve other Sicilian specials on a regular basis - we deal with the best artisan patisseries and bakeries in Sicily, and we will always offer the freshest and most authentic products.
We are strong supporters of the unique heritage of St Albans and the station, and we believe our breakfast van will bring a ray of sunshine to people’s mornings, and will enhance the station's offering, encouraging more people to use it.
The project has been self-funded to date but we are looking for some additional backing. This will allow us to refurbish the van, buy all the necessary equipment to provide the best possible service and carry out all the due diligence necessary to be able to trade at the station.
Check out our rewards, we will offer free breakfasts and coffee, Dolce Sicilia travel mugs and book bags, and Sicilian product hampers for the super-star contributors!
If you want to support a small family business, and at the same time have a quality offering at this historical location, (or even if you just fancy one of our rewards!) please help us make our dream a reality!