Il ristorante DOLCE VITA fa parte del Hotel “Boutique 19” (Gruppo Baku Hospitality) è un business hotel situato nel centro della città in un edificio di 3 piani costruito nel 1894, a soli 20 metri dall'ingresso principale della Porta Gemella della Città Vecchia.

La struttura è in realtà le mura della città vecchia. Una parte di questo muro della città vecchia del XII secolo attraversa l'ingresso della città vecchia di Baku. Il sito è sotto la protezione dell'UNESCO.

Il Ristorante DOLCE VITA e lo stesso albergo sono stati riaperti nel dicembre 2017 dopo una lunga ristrutturazione, infatti il ristorante è stato realizzato con le tipiche piastrelle di Vietri della famosissima azienda Giovanni De Maio Ceramiche, legno al naturale, rame e mattone pieno tipico delle vecchie strutture. Il Ristorante vanta di uno stile italiano unico in tutto l’Azerbaijan dal design tradizionale di una trattoria italiana ma con cucina a vista e menu italianissimo che evidenzia anche alcuni piatti d’autore del Executive Chef Vincenzo Squarciafico, tutto preparato con i migliori ingredienti made in Italy.

L’hotel “Boutique 19” è una destinazione ideale sia per i viaggiatori d'affari che per i turisti che cercano il massimo comfort in un ambiente piacevole. Fronte mare caspico vicino ai quartieri degli affari oltre che a centro storico.

L'hotel Boutique Palace ha un'architettura meravigliosa e interni ben arredati. L'edificio alberghiero di 3 piani fu costruito nel 1894 nell'era del primo boom del petrolio a Baku.

The idea for Boutique 19 was to create a chic and personal hotel format, which focuses on a unique thematic and stylistic image.

One of the main objectives of the Baku Hospitality Group is to ensure a reasonable price with high-quality services. The company is not greedy and does not chase immediate profit. Instead an individual and personalized approach is used to welcome each guest.

If you still have not managed to visit Boutique 19, you only need to make a reservation and the attentive staff will be waiting for you. The reception, maids, and waiters know what their guests look like, respect all meal preferences and eating habits and are aware of any dietary requirements and allergies - all adding to a wonderful, relaxing and comfortable stay in the hotel Boutique 19.

Interestingly, even during the construction of the house in 1899, a hotel was planned for the upper floors. Only a century later, the original idea finally became a reality. The interior of the hotel refers to the time when Mikhaylovskaya appeared on the city map. Now the building boasts bright and airy rooms with large windows facing the Icherisheher area in the old city as well as refurbished suites and corridors.

The lobby and corridors are decorated with the works of Kamal Bagirli, who combines a modern look of the city with photographic images from the past.

Yet another decoration and a real treasure of the hotel — the antique French chandelier of the 19th century in the lobby, the only decoration preserved from the period of construction. During World War II, many changes to the building began and the chandelier was taken down then sadly lost. Many years later the lighting fixture was discovered in a private collection in St. Petersburg and safely bought back and returned to its original place! It is surprising that despite being moved hundreds of kilometres the chandelier wasn’t damaged: all the attachments of bronze and brass were safe, and all the crystal pendants still glitter and sparkle.

In 1991, Azerbaijan regained its state independence, becoming the successor to Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which existed for almost two years. The sovereign Republic restored its ancient glory of the independent state with the outstanding heritage, rich natural resources, and age-old traditions.

The private sector developed rapidly. While some built the initial assets, others tried to turn the capital into the “Paris of the East” In 1996, the first Italian restaurant opened in the building where Mikhaylovskaya Street rows used to be. The name “Dolce Vita” was chosen - reminiscent of the famous film by Federico Fellini.

It was during this time in the 1950’s, that the diverse city of Baku wanted to become as stylish and international as Rome – and restaurants quickly became fashionable, enriching all corners of society.

The restaurant was managed by a politician and public figure, the captain of legendary “Guys from Baku” KVN (Club of the Funny and Inventive) team Anar Mammadkhanov.

Only high-level Italian chefs worked at “Dolce Vita”, the administration was carried out by Turkish specialists with rich experience in the service sector. Later they were replaced by local managers, among whom was Elchin Azizov - another member of KVN team, and now a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Foreign companies and diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan had an unwritten rule: lunch or dinner at “Dolce Vita” was mandatory for newly arriving employees. There was a special dress code at evening sittings and the first four years advanced bookings were required - at least one day in advance and three days - for weekend. The Italian chef was originally from Bologna, which is famous for its cuisine and all the waiters of “Dolce Vita” had to pass a three-month course before starting work.

Any journey in history, even the most beautiful and unique one has its ups, its downs and ultimate ending. But events can also move in a spiral pattern, returning to its starting point. And with that, today the new hotel Boutique 19 and a restaurant of Italian cuisine under the same name – “Dolce Vita” are located here in this building!

The traditional family feast (whether lunch or dinner) has played a central role in Italian society for centuries and still does to this day. A typical Italian meal consists of a first course il primo (pasta, rice or similar), a second-course il secondo (meat or fish) served together with a side dish il contorno (vegetable or salad) and fruit. A selection of cheese, vegetables, herbs, olive oil and bread is also available on the table and at the end of the meal everyone usually drinks coffee.

The Italian restaurant Dolce Vita reopened its doors for residents and guests. The founders of this cozy establishment are also faithful to the tradition of large feasts and parties. The management are always pleased to see loving couples, travelers, businessmen and women as well as single guests - but the true challenge arrives when a large party of family or friends come to the eatery for a grand feast or celebration!

The balanced approach of the Baku Hospitality Group company is also reflected in the pricing policy of the restaurant. They are convinced that Italian food should not be expensive, while at the same time it does not affect the quality of the products and authenticity of the dishes. Thanks to the open kitchen layout guests are able to watch the theatrical performance of the chefs cooking an exciting variety of tasty Italian dishes.

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