Choc-full of Chocolate

Photography By Cayla Zahoran | January 23, 2014
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For Giovanni’s Chocolates owner Fethi Turan, it all started with a gifted box of truffles. Now, two years later, Turan has a team of employees producing chocolates sold at its Dormont location, in a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall, and online. From gingerbread truffles to salted caramels, Turan and his team outturn 3,500-4,000 chocolates a day in 32 varieties. He says he spent over a year developing the perfect recipes.

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“The flavors had to excel for me, personally,” says Turan. “I criticized each blend just to get better. It’s all about the temperature, the timing, the whipping — it’s all so crucial for the flavor.” Turan says each item is handmade one piece at a time — including his jars of raspberry jam — and the business specializes in custom designs, i.e. engraving names and printing photographs on the gratifying goodies. The Upper St. Clair resident has a background of 15 years in the restaurant industry, which includes his own Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta on West Liberty Avenue. Turan says he’s pleased to have turned his leisurely love for chocolate into an occupation. “I pride myself on creating a blend that melts in your mouth and requires no work from the taste tester — just to enjoy.” Count us in, one silky confection at a time. Giovanni’s Chocolates, 3047 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.344.6666. sendmechocolate.com.

Article from Edible Allegheny at http://edibleallegheny.ediblecommunities.com/eat/choc-full-chocolate
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