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Photo takent on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch

Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, brothers Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.

It's funny how history seems to repeat itself.

Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.

While partners in everything they do, the brothers had been working separately since the closing of the original Café CaNole in 2009, with 38-year-old Jason focusing on fine dining at Ancora! in Utica, and 43-year-old Dean maintaining the baking arm of the operation through a partnership with DeIorio's Bakery.

With the sale of Ancora! to a former employee completed about a week ago, the duo is now back together at Café CaNole's newly renovated Campion Road location that Dean has been running for the past five years.

"It's like old times again," said Jason, who after an eight-year run at Ancora! now focuses on Café CaNole's newly revamped lunch and dinner menu. "Combining forces on a day-to-day basis is going to make everything we do that much stronger."

Dean said the duo chose to sell Ancora! and focus on Café CaNole in part because they wanted to consolidate their skills to capitalize off of the area's increasing demand for interesting and experimental fare.

The move also allows for the Whitesboro natives to direct more energy toward their effort to mass produce some of their signature items, such as the greens they distribute regionally through Casa Imports.

"We've had some meetings with Costco and Krispy Kreme about trying to get our baked goods distributed as well," said Dean, who continues his role of baking an array of Italian pastries at the restaurant. "We're trying to take everything we do to the next level and are really excited about it."

It appears that excitement has spilled over to the brothers' loyal customer base as well.

Veronica Aldi was part of Thursday's large lunch crowd at Café CaNole. The New Hartford woman has been a supporter of all the Noles' ventures over the years and is very pleased with the current restaurant's new look and offerings.

"The atmosphere is really great, and the food is so gourmet," said Aldi, who ordered her daughter's wedding cake from the restaurant a few years back. "Everything they have ever done is different and amazing, and I'm sure that will continue on."

Comments & Reviews

 This restaurant has found the perfect balance of upscale Italian food and good old-fashioned, peasant, comfort food.
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 Crave an Italian dinner that is authentic, creative, and made from scratch? Then make the drive to this gem in Utica.
- Amy C - 09/2014

 Amazing cake!!! sweet and moist! Highly recommended... Cannoli cake with strawberries and carrot were two of the top favorites!
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Cafe CaNole Bakery

For almost two decades, Cafe CaNole has been Central New York's first choice in fresh premium pastries, cakes and mouth-watering desserts.

Our unique assortment of handmade creations includes everything from over-the-counter satisfying treats to trayed or boxed pre-ordered assortments as well as birthday and specialty cakes for every occasion.

Cafe CaNole Restaurant

Conveniently located on Campion Road in The Village of New Hartford, Cafe CaNole offers local patrons a fine dining experience for even the most cultured palate.

Open for both lunch and dinner six days a week, our menus feature something for everyone. The cozy and casual, yet upbeat and modern, decor is inviting and is the perfect setting for a business meeting, quick bite or a night out with friends or family. Learn More...

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