PAWLING, N.Y.- Ria Fazio, owner of The Bakeria in Pawling, prides herself on her ability to make delectable items that are as gorgeous as they are delicious, including her custom-made one-of-a-kind cakes.
Most importantly, she serves "food the way you remember it" without stabilizers, preservatives, and chemicals. A self-taught baker, Fazio grew up making cakes for her family with recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Along that same old-fashion vein, her story began with a home business that steadily grew to the point where she had to get out of her kitchen. So, she moved into a space in her hometown of Pawling where Fazio said business is "growing slowly but surely" mainly by word of mouth. The shop opened in March, 2015.
While made-to-order cakes are her bread and butter, so to speak, there are many other items available for purchase, among them breakfast sandwiches, cookies, muffins, award-winning crumb cakes, scones, cupcakes, and cheesecakes. The most popular seller is the coffee cake followed by the Morning Glory muffins. And, of course, there's always coffee.
Starting this week, The Bakeria will offer Sabrett hotdogs and homemade onions outside of the store.
As for the key to her success -- so far -- Fazio said: "You have to dedicate your life to it. I live and breathe this business, and I put my heart and soul into it. I think it shows. I love this bakery."
The Bakeria is located at 9 East Main St. Visit its Facebook page to stay updated on current offers and specials.