Dolce Italy Bakery offers authentic pastries, ice cream and savory items

New family-owned Italian cafe and pastry shop offering artisan pastries, ice cream and sweets

Luigi Di Grazia says he is still adjusting to the popularity of his father Francesco’s Italian cafe and pastry shop. Opened in June of this year, Dolce Italy has quickly gained a following that lines up to enjoy a delicious array of irresistible homemade Italian pastries, ice creams, and an abundant assortment of cookies and savory items.

“We believe that the secret to success is creating the same authentic flavors that you would find in Italy,” Di Grazia says. “We make everything from scratch, and because we don’t use a lot of sugar, the fresh, high-quality ingredients really stand out—it makes a difference.”

Susan Di Grazia and her son Luigi Di Grazia, part of the family that owns Dolce Italy

Di Grazia, her father, her mother Susan, and her sister Francesca work together in the bakery. He says his parents arrive early each morning to create the selection of sweets and prepare the batter for labor-intensive items, such as magic horn cakes, which take three days to complete. Luigi and Francesca work in the cafeteria and help customers.

Some recipes, such as almond cookies, were inherited by Di Grazia’s grandfather, who owned a bakery in Sicily.

The cream puffs come in different versions and are filled by hand with ricotta cheese, artisan chocolate, pastry cream and coffee cream. There’s also traditional cannoli, tiramisu, and rum baba, a small cake soaked in rum-infused syrup and sometimes filled with Italian white cream. For the ultimate tasting experience, pair your sweet treats with a cappuccino or cup of Italian hot chocolate.

Italian hot chocolate from Dolce Italy.

In addition to cakes, the menu includes some savory options, such as calzones and pizzas. A staple of Sicilian cuisine, Arancini rice balls are filled with ragout, spinach, and mozzarella, then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried—a must-try.

Artisanal focaccia bread is created in the same style found in Genoa, Italy, where Luigi and his sister were born.

“It’s similar to a flatbread, and in Genoa it’s prepared with different toppings such as onions, tomatoes, sausages or arugula,” says Di Grazia.

Like all doughs, creams, and fillings, authentic Italian gelato is also made from scratch. Of the 16 flavor options, customer favorites include rum and tiramisu.

Dolce Italia chocolate ice cream.

“We have connected with people from all over the world over cake and cappuccino,” Di Grazia says. “Experience brings people together and builds a network. Many customers have become friends.”

For the holidays, traditional Italian sweets like Cassata Sicilian, a sponge cake with ricotta cheese and almond paste, a chocolate-layered rum cake, Italian pistachio-hazelnut shortbread cookies, and gluten-free almond cookies, are available by request. advance on Facebook, Instagram and by text message (585) 448-5731.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *