Gelato served up at Downtown Dolce

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Port Colborne’s newest business, Downtown Dolce, was born out of a need for kitchen space inside the already existing Eataly Foods, said Claudia Spiteri.

“Our catering had taken off and we didn’t have a whole lot of room … so we looked for something close by and we came across this building,” she said.

Mayor John Maloney, Ward 2 Coun. Yvon Doucet, and a dozen or so people were on hand to help the Spiteri, her husband Tony and their children during the dessert shop’s grand opening Saturday.

Spiteri said there was a lot of work that needed to be done to the building, home to the first grocery store — Reid’s Food Store —  in Port Colborne.

“We kept the ceiling original and tried to keep as much of the floor as possible. We built a kitchen in back and leased one side to Heavenly Chocolates.”

Spiteri said Downtown Dolce, at 223 King St., also came about because people were coming into Eataly and asking if they served gelato.

“We didn’t have space there to do it, so we thought we’d give it a try here. All of our gelato is homemade and we have soft-serve ice cream as well.

Downtown Dolce, which has its own baker, also specializes in a variety of homemade pies, cakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls, and has seating for about 40 people.

The store is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.