Owner/Pastry Chef, Maria Giacona is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has won various awards, including first place for wedding cake design and assembly for the 139th Salon of Culinary Arts competition in NYC. She also received recognition for her whimsical cake designs, one of which was featured in the 2008 Culinary Institute Catalog of Cakes. Maria's skills continued to blossom while employed as a pastry chef at various five star establishments in New York and Massachusetts.
After her most recent position as head wedding and specialty cake designer for Pascale Catering, Maria chose to develop her own business focusing on specialty cakes and pastry.
La Dolce Vita specializes in custom designed cakes and pastries that are a reflection of your personal style. Our goal is to balance the simple with the extraordinary and the traditional with the innovative. We strive to exceed your expectations creating a memorable dessert for your special day.
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John · Married on 08/14/2015
In Italy, "la dolce vita" means to slow down and enjoy the better things in life. With Maria Giacona at La Dolce Vita Bake Shop, you will only get the best! Maria is extremely approachable, listening to every idea you have and offering innovative ideas to improve your dream sweet. But let's forget all that, and just talk turkey... or cake in this case. If baked goods were words, Maria would put Shakespeare to shame! Her cakes are light and moist, while still being flavorful and rich. Her frostings melt on your tongue and envelope your mouth with flavor. In addition to creating amazing sweets and baked goods, Maria has a keen eye for design and arrangement. Whatever delicious treat you decide on will be presented with loving care and artistic flair. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with style, then call Maria at La Dolce Vita Bake Shop and start living the sweet life!Sent on 09/08/2015
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Amanda · Married on 08/01/2015
Maria did a fantastic job with our wedding cake. We tasted cakes at two other bakeries before choosing to go with Maria after hearing positive reviews about her cakes from several other vendors. Her cake was by-far the tastiest. When we came in for our tasting, my fiance and I commented that it was some of the best cake we'd ever had. She allowed us to pick three different flavors with three different flavors, and they were all delicious. The cake she made for us was also aesthetically very beautiful and it suited our tastes perfectly. She asked us lots of questions about what we wanted the cake to look for ahead of time, and the finished project matched up with our vision very well. Finally, I think she was pretty reasonably priced for the quality of the product. I highly recommend her.Sent on 08/20/2015
Jessica · Married on 05/30/2015
Maria did a fantastic job producing our wedding cake. We were planning our wedding from out-of-state, and we drawn in by the beautiful photos of her past work online. Her website was also very informative to give us ideas for flavor combinations and pricing before contacting her.Sent on 07/19/2015
After contacting her, Maria was very personable and excited to work with us. Maria was very flexible to schedule our tasting and meetings during short windows while we were in Auburn. She had great ideas on how to execute the design we imagined from photos, and she worked seamlessly with our florist to place a real flower as the cake topper. We had 3 different flavors, and we still debate which was the best, as they were all so delicious.
We had no concerns going into our wedding day, and the cake was absolutely perfect. We recommend Maria wholeheartedly for any event!
Fabulous cake! My bride couldn't have been happier, it was not only looked just like she'd hoped - but it tasted soooo good! Hallelujah! Looking forward to eating more cake, I mean working together again! :)
They designed my daughters wedding cake and it was wonderful.