A new dessert option will be available shortly in downtown Schenectady as the Cocobar opens its doors.
As the name suggests, the emphasis is on chocolate, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall will allow visitors to watch the treats being prepared.
The little dessert shop is the latest venture of the Mallozzi family, next door to their Johnny’s restaurant, around the corner from their Villa Italia bakery and across town from the Rivers Casino and Resort, where the family provides the dining options. Its proprietor is 19-year-old Olivia Mallozzi, the third generation in the family business and the youngest to formally be part of the operation. (Her 5- and 7-year-old cousins have been working as taste-testers on an informal basis.)
She is a business student at Schenectady County Community College and will continue her studies on a reduced schedule as she gets the new venture up and running. She’d previously worked behind the counter and in the kitchen at the bakery, and recalls herself considering how she’d go into the family business, not if.
“I knew I wanted to dip my toes in the water,” she said. “I wanted to try to do what they do — I love working with people, I like being with our family. There’s not really anything else I want to do.”
Her father, John Mallozzi, said he didn’t recruit her but did encourage her once she made up her mind herself.
“It’s kind of similar to the way that we were growing up with our parents in the business,” he said. “They never really pushed it. It was there if we were interested, and they welcomed it. I wanted to do the same thing for my children. It’s not something we ever wanted to push them into but if they were interested we wanted to help them along, just like our father did for us.”
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John Cropley | July 5, 2017. “Mallozzi Family Opening Another Schenectady Dessert Shop.”The Daily Gazette. 5 July 2017. Web. 07 July 2017.