Gio’s Pastry Shop brings Italian foodstuff society to the Upstate with brick and mortar spot

There is a memory Maria Natale has of when she was younger, and her dad would consider her to get a bomboli or sfogliatelle or a further Italian pastry from a espresso shop in New Jersey. Even now, many years later, the 38-12 months-outdated require merely chunk into one particular of those delectable treats and she is transported to her youth and filled with joy.



Gio's Pastry Shop is now open in Fountain Inn, serving up Italian and Italian American specialties like Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (filled doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and much more.


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Gio’s Pastry Shop is now open up in Fountain Inn, serving up Italian and Italian American specialties like Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (stuffed doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and much far more.

That sensation of, and maybe quest for, delightful nostalgia is what led Natale to open up her possess pastry store. Natale, who also is effective fulltime as a health technician with St. Francis, opened Gio’s Pastry Store at 218 A S. Major St., in Fountain Inn Jan. 23. The store is a family affair, with Natale’s brother, sister, nieces and moms and dads all chipping in to enable.

Gio’s which is named immediately after Natale’s dog (there is extra to that tale) is component pastry store and part Italian marketplace. Attendees will come across Italian specialties from the standard crammed doughnuts, bomboloni to cannolis, Italian rainbow cookies to tiramisu, Italian breads to standard Italian clamshell cookies, known as sfogliatelle.

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Among the market place choices are a variety of imported Italian cooking solutions like sauces, tinned fish, olives, beans and refreshing and frozen pasta.

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Baking for Gio

Natale hardly ever actually set out to be a expert baker. She normally thought herself more of a prepare dinner, whipping up savory Italian-tinged dishes for good friends and family members. But, in 2017, baking grew to become a necessity. Which is when Natale’s rescue doggy, Giovanni tore his CCL. The diagnosis required surgical treatment that would expense practically $5,000.



a group of items on display in a store: Maria Natale, owner of Gio's Pastry Shop in Fountain Inn, with her family on opening weekend.


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Maria Natale, operator of Gio’s Pastry Store in Fountain Inn, with her loved ones on opening weekend.

Whilst close friends proposed she established up a GoFundMe to enable go over the method, Natale felt not comfortable inquiring for anything without having giving everything in return, she claimed. A passionate cook dinner, Natale turned to what she knew, meals, and started providing a number of Specialty Italian cookies and breads by means of the state’s Cottage Food Law, which will allow for manufacturing certain food items items in a dwelling kitchen area.

In a quick time, Natale experienced lifted adequate revenue for Gio’s surgical treatment. She figured she’d stop promoting but men and women requested for much more.

The response both humbled and intrigued her, and it also planted a seed.

Constructing a bakery

Inspired by Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce president, Whitney Ferguson, Natale commenced providing often at the Fountain Inn Farmers Market. She speedily created a next between locals and lots of Northern transplants, who relished her treats that tasted like childhood.



a bunch of food on a counter: Gio's Pastry Shop is a family-run operation now open in Fountain Inn that features a bakery with homemade Italian and Italian American pastries and a small market that carries imported Italian food items.


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Gio’s Pastry Store is a family members-run operation now open in Fountain Inn that attributes a bakery with do-it-yourself Italian and Italian American pastries and a little market that carries imported Italian meals things.

“People tell me you know we moved here from up north and I recall heading to these spots with my grandparents, and now my little ones have the possibility to arrive with me,” Natale said of food items and memory. “That’s what I really like about it is it variety of provides them that nostalgia from their childhood and go it on to their children.”

And that’s how the idea for some thing much more grew. The brick and mortar store has authorized Natale to develop her offerings, and, she said, to present a taste of Italian and Italian American tradition, her society, to the Upstate.

Natale’s moms and dads, Ermindo and Elisa Natale immigrated from Abruzzo, Italy and made a lifestyle for on their own and for their family members in the United States. Both labored their way up, Natale claimed, her father inevitably opening various Italian foods enterprises, and her mom working her individual hair stylist organization.

At the middle of every thing was food stuff.



a piece of cake sitting on top of a wooden table: Gio's Pastry Shop is a family-run operation now open in Fountain Inn that specializes in Italian and Italian American specialties like Italian rainbow cookies, Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (filled doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and much more.


© Courtesy of Gio’s Pastry Store
Gio’s Pastry Store is a family members-run operation now open in Fountain Inn that specializes in Italian and Italian American specialties like Italian rainbow cookies, Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (loaded doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and a great deal far more.

Natale figured out to really like to cook dinner with her mother and father directing her. She recalled peeling tomatoes for marinara sauce at the age of five and relishing the joy and familiarity cooking could deliver.

Nowadays, the two Ermindo and Elisa get the job done alongside their daughter, baking and making ready the treats for Gio’s.

Strategies for the foreseeable future phone for adding more merchandise, perhaps even some savory types, alongside with much more market place goods, Natale mentioned. But for now, she is information to remain small, she claimed.

“I want folks to feel like when they appear into our shop, they are not just an additional encounter, but they’re household to us,” Natale said. “I really do not want it to be these kinds of a big procedure that you lose that aspect.”

Gio’s Pastry Shop is now open at 218 A S. Principal St., Fountain Inn. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. For additional check out https://www.facebook.com/giospastryshop/

Lillia Callum-Penso handles food for the Greenville News. She enjoys the stories recipes convey to and finds inspiration in the persons behind them. When she’s not checking out nearby food stuff, she can be discovered running, both of those for satisfaction and to keep up with her 5-year-old twins. Arrive at her at [email protected], or at 864-478-5872, or on Facebook at facebook.com/lillia.callumpenso.

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