Transcona is getting a taste of both Europe and South America thanks to a new bakery.
Dolce Bake Shop opened in August, taking over the former C-cups bakery at 2B-1565 Regent Ave. W.
Owner and baker Roberto Galli is of Italian heritage, but was raised in Argentina. He moved to Canada a decade ago, cutting his teeth at De Luca’s the past eight years before venturing out on his own.
Galli noted most of the South American flavour comes from a special milk-based caramel, dulce de leche, which is featured on most of his delicacies.
The flavour is nothing new to Galli, who started working in a bakery when he was 11 and then was able to begin serving at one owned by his parents when he was 17.
"I’ve been doing this forever," Galli said. "My mom is a pastry chef, too, I’ve been learning a lot since I was little. Then I went to a culinary school to learn techniques.
"It runs in the family."
The response to Dolce has been positive since it opened for business this past summer, he said.
"People keep coming back," Galli said. "Every week, I’m trying to see what the clientele likes, and I guess they’re tasting everything, because everything goes."
Galli said it was a challenge to get everything ready in time for the opening. Once he found out C-cups would be closing, he worked tirelessly to transform the space after taking it over on Aug. 1. Dolce opened two weeks later.
He said it was a bonus that the space was a bakery before, as he was moving into a space with established equipment and customers.
"Everything was already done, so it was easier," he said. "We opened as soon as possible to keep the clientele of C-cups."
However, Galli has worked to expand his base. He noted C-cups exclusively offered cakes and cupcakes, while he offers a wider variety of sweets.
Galli, who used to live in Elmwood and now calls North Kildonan home, said it was his familiarity with northeast Winnipeg that prompted him to choose the location for Dolce.
"People ask me why I chose this area to open this kind of pastry shop, and I keep telling them ‘Because I’ve been in this area for eight years’," Galli said. "I know the area.
"This area needs something like this, otherwise you’ve got to go to the south to get a nice European cake."