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Venice Owner Krzysztof Belzak takes fresh-baked rolls from the oven.

Joshua Thomas - Venice serves an ever-changing variety of gelato, including almond, seen here.

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MaryAnn Pietromonaco-Belzak bakes three types of cheesecakes at Venice.

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Venice serves homemade Tiramisu.

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Venice aims to transport customers to a different place and time

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 8:33 PM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- Venice, a new business owned and operated by Krzysztof Belzak and MaryAnn Pietromonaco-Belzak, proprietors of adjoining boutique Twenty-Two, opened May 24 in downtown Canajoharie. The colorful, bright and welcoming dessert-cafe aims to transport customers to a different place and time.

"We wanted to create something that was a little different," said Krzysztof, noting that the location was decorated specifically with Italy in mind. The colorful, well-appointed cafe has an upbeat feel to accompany the vast selection of items on sale -- many homemade.

Venice's daily stock includes gelato (with flavors that change frequently), along with a massive variety of plated desserts (including three different types of homemade cheesecake, red velvet, chocolate peanut-butter pie, key lime pie, carrot cake, rum cake, lemon mouse cake, Irish cream pie and more), italian pastries (fresh baked daily, including Sfogliatelle), homemade Tiramisu, Italian cookies, and fresh baked breads and rolls.

"A lot of the baking is done on premises," said Pietromonaco-Belzak, explaining that she arrives extremely early each day to make sure the items served there are fresh, authentic and plentiful.

Venice also serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, such as a large selection of teas, including organic, coffee, cappuccino, lattes, and espresso, along with a variety of smoothies and fresh juices squeezed on premises.

"It's a little bit of everything," said Pietromonaco-Belzak, adding of Venice, which has outdoor seating and a real, live palm tree at the entrance greeting visitors, "We're just doing anything we can to improve this town -- to bring a little bit of life and a bit of something that's long gone."

"We wanted to have a nice place where people can sit and relax and have a cup of coffee."

Venice will be open at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It will remain open late Thursday through Saturday during the summer, to around 9 or 10 p.m. and will close around 6 or 7 every other night.

To contact Venice, call (518) 673-4522.

Joshua Thomas - Italian cookies available at Venice.

Joshua Thomas - The colorful, upbeat vibe of venice aims to transport customers to another place and time.

Joshua Thomas - Bryan MacFadden has a cold drink on a hot day next to Venice's signature palm-tree.

Joshua Thomas - The colorful, upbeat vibe of venice aims to transport customers to another place and time.

Joshua Thomas Venice, Wagner Square, downtown Canajoharie

     

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