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ily aOCHESTER’S D d e v R r Se BEST FISH FRY COOKED FISH BY THE POUND LUNCH • DINNER TAKE- OUT

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Top photo: Dale Montondo inspects cooling bars. Bottom left: Ellen Montondo (left) developed a taste for high-quality chocolate, which inspired her to start her own business. PHOTOS BY MARK CHAMBERLIN

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Currently Tōcōti’s products — the 1.7-ounce bars are $6.50 apiece through tocoti.com — are available at places like the Casa Larga Vineyards gift shop in Fairport, the Cocoa Bean Shoppe in Pittsford, and Village Bakery & Café, also in Pittsford. The Montondos also sell Tōcōti at a few local farmers’ markets, including Brighton; check Tōcōti’s Facebook page for the full schedule. Unlike major manufacturers, which are required to traffic in uniformity, artisans working on a smaller scale are able to embrace the quirks attendant to handmade goods. “Each batch is unique because we can’t do it the same way twice,” says Ellen, who works the business side of Tōcōti and spearheads

its lovely design — each bar is wrapped in Thai marbled momi paper from Rochester Art Supply — but also revels in educating Tōcōti’s customers about chocolate, often with some much-appreciated samples. And as the buzz about Tōcōti grows, the focus for Dale and Ellen is maintaining the integrity and quality of their brand. “That’s the point of it,” Ellen says. “We’re trying to make something that’s a real experience. By the way, if you’ve always suspected that spending your days surrounded by chocolate would be completely awesome, well, you’re right. “I’m excited to wake up in the morning and make chocolate,” Dale says. “It’s a real reward.”

Dish 2013  
Dish 2013  

City Newspaper's annual guide to food and drink in the Rochester area