Italian pastry chef opens bakery in Reno


RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Melissa Iturriaga had dreamed of owning an Italian bakery for ten years, and just last month she opened the doors to Dolce Caffe.

“I’ve dreamed of it every day of my life and I can’t believe it’s here,” she said.

Dolce Caffe is run by the Iturriaga family and Melissa’s mother Giuseppa says it feels like home.

“I’m so happy, it’s like bringing my country here,” Giuseppa said.

Melissa was trained in the art of savory and baking by a close friend, Gianni Rapisarda. He came from Italy to help the family open their doors.

Melissa’s father, Claudio Iturriaga, translated for Rapisarda saying, “For him, he gives everything to teach, whether it’s a family member or someone who hires him as a consultant. He’s been doing it for a long time and for him, it’s his passion.

Melissa said Rapisarda showed her how to fall in love with the art of baking.

“I thought you had to be perfect at making sweets and pastries, but he’s like, ‘no, you just take your time and fall in love with your baked goods,'” she said.

The Iturriaga family imports many of their products and hopes to bring authentic Italian flavors to northern Nevada.

“I wanted people to feel a certain kind of culture in a way, something different, something new, something they’ve never tried before,” Melissa said.

Melissa says she owes this dream to her mother Giuseppa, the one who taught her the importance of honoring her heritage.

“She is the core. Without her and without her apprenticeship, I wouldn’t have this passion.

You can visit Dolce Caffe on the corner of Mayberry and McCarran.

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