A taste of Italy comes to Fayetteville

Caf (c) Canole, the new family-owned bakery and bistro located in Towne Center, warmly welcomed its crowd of curious guests with delectable plates of homemade tomato pie, Italian cookies and pastries during its grand opening Nov. 12.

Brothers Dean and Jason Nole, Utica natives, set up shop in Fayetteville for just a temporary stay in the area -- unless things go as they hope.

"We'd love to be out here permanently if we can," said Dean.

Caf (c) Canole has served the Utica area for the past 12 years. It's known for its quality products, using the finest ingredients, and having everything baked from scratch on premise.

The brothers are both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America and have worked in kitchens throughout Italy, Boston and New York. They have been craving a spot in Syracuse for five years, but have had no luck until now.

Dean said about a month ago, he and his brother reasoned on renting a space for the holiday season. Irwin Davis, executive director of the Metropolitan Development Association (MDA), helped make it happen.

"We put this together in two weeks," Dean said, referring to its new location that used to house Stone Cold Creamery. "Right now we're set up to stay until Jan. 12, but we're going to talk afterwards and see what can be done."

In the meantime, caf (c) customers can find Utica specialties right here in Fayetteville, such as homemade tomato pie and the ever popular Utica greens.

"We tried to bring a little bit of some of the Utica favorites and some of the things we're known for in Utica," Dean said.

Other treats include flavorful gelato, crepes, pustie and tiramisu, as well as an assorted tray of cookies, pitt'nchusua (a Calabrian specialty made of walnut, honey, orange and raisins wrapped in crispy dough) pignulata/struffoli (tiny fritters bound together with honey, sugar and orange) and assorted handmade truffles.

Van Robinson and his wife Linda were among the guests to greet Fayetteville's newcomers. The Robinson's are part of a 22-member "Over 40" group that played an instrumental role in bringing Caf (c) Canole to town.

"He's very welcome to Syracuse," Robinson said. "Once Syracusans come in and get a taste of what he has to offer, I'm sure that he'll be opening a larger store here."

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