Caramici’s Dessert Bar and Bistro: A Marriage Made in Heaven

One of North Buffalo’s favorite dessert bar and bakeries has created an incredible opportunity for itself. Owner Diane Serra recently decided to pick up to move a few blocks east on Hertel to relocate into a storefront that looks to be relatively the same size (former La Marina fish market and Hertel Gallery). Why would a business move a few blocks away just to open in a space that is the same size? Well, Diane and her husband made the decision to expand an entirely new arm of their business into the rather large restaurant space next door (former La Marina and Victor’s Bar and Grille). “I didn’t want to leave Hertel,” Diane told me. “But we were looking to grow our business and we wanted to open up a bistro with a full bar, serving traditional Italian food with a simple scaled down menu…. soups, salads, paninis, pasta, meat and fish and chicken. Lots of specials all the time, so that the menu reflects the freshness of the food. We’re warming the place up and painting with soft Tuscan colors. Now we’ll have a bistro adjoining our bakery.”

If you’re not familiar with Caramici’s, then you need to backtrack just a bit and catch yourself up to speed here. Diane told me that the meaning of the word Caramici basically translates into “Nice place for dear friends to meet.” If there was ever a place where that sentiment rings true, it’s this precious little bakery. And if Diane follows the same sort of blueprints for her expanding restaurant business, then I feel that Hertel is going to be all the better for it. With her husband as host, and Diane taking care of the food operation, this family restaurant and bakery will be the best of all edible worlds. It helps that the two businesses are interconnected making it easy for customers to pop back and forth…. just in case they are looking for a little taste of biscotti before a bowl of pasta, or a bowl of Italian wedding soup after snacking on a cannoli. Either way you look at it, this all sounds (and smells and tastes) like a marriage made in heaven. 
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1501 – 1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY.
(716) 874-2253
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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

5 comments
Rally_Shots
Rally_Shots

Great sweet shop and it's good to see them move the more booming part of Hertel. Try the cupcakes (made by Cuppykate), theyre delicious as well.

buffgalesq
buffgalesq

I love Caramici's cookies and cakes! Congrats to them - can't wait to check out the new space!

norwalk
norwalk

Diane and Rick Serra will do a great job! Can't wait for the resturant and bar to open! All the Best!!!!!!!!!!

elmdog
elmdog

Two really nice hertel stories in a row ...., interesting - Elmwood?

warrenavenue
warrenavenue

Great cookies and desserts.....Best of luck with everything.....I can't wait to come in for dinner and devour something great for dessert...

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