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“A Modica Must”

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Ranked #1 of 13 Dessert in Modica
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
639 reviews
436 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“A Modica Must”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

This is the kind of historical, family-run foodie shop that most travelers cross an ocean for. Its room, its interesting locale (down a vine-covered alley) and its rare products are all unique. It closes for an afternoon slot, so visitors need to plan accordingly. One large school group on a field trip found this out the hard way. Locals shop here too, of course. We witnessed an elderly customer describe in precise detail how he wanted staff to prepare his cannoli, 'A little more of this and a little less of that, please.' It is interesting to note that the majority of those who've rated Bonajuto lowest here on Trip Advisor seem to be locals. That's understandable in the context of a culture with a proud, centuries-old tradition of treating food as an art form. Bonajuto offers an excellent opportuntiy for one to purchase a wide variety of souvenir gifts for home. Modica has several other similar shops, which we will also comment on soon.

  • Visited April 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“Yummy chocolate”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Modica has a long tradition of making Aztec-style chocolate, and this is the oldest producer. There are free tastes of everything so you can decide which products to buy. Everything is hand-made, and the chocolate bars have no more than four ingredients (typically sugar, cacao mass, and a flavoring ingredient such as orange peel or cinnamon). I bought quite a lot of chocolate there, as well as some candied orange peel, and was surprised at how inexpensive it was.

Visited May 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A must see in Modica”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

An incredible traditional chocolate shop that sells the company's own produce. The place to try Modica's famous chocolate. The staff are incredibly helpful, patient and friendly and there are lots of samples to try if you find yourself waiting in a queue.

More on Modica's chocolate at http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cioccolato_di_Modica and their own website in English at http://www.bonajuto.it/en/

  • Visited March 2012
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Tahlequah
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“Fantastic chocolate shop”
Reviewed February 4, 2012

Service was incredible. We had a tour of chocolate including the historical traditions of the production process . We sampled enough chocolate to please a king. We can't recommend this enough.

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London
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“A must for any chocoalte fans”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

Absolutely incredible little chocolate shop with extremely friendly staff who let us taste a huge variety of chocolates.

Specialise in making chocolate and other pastries, they make their chocolate under 40c which gives it an unusual texture (try the pink-wrapper vanilla chocoalte with an almost crumbly texture). Interesting selection of flavours (cardamom ones of my favourites), and reasonably priced for the quality. We ended up buying several bars to take back home as gifts.

Also bought a cannoli there (guidebook recommended) which was extremely tasty and very fresh. You can see through into the kitchen where it's being made, and shop cabinets house an intriguing collection of artifacts relating to the history of chocolate.

We walked past this the first time; shop front not on the main street but a few meters off it, up a short charming alleyway.

Visited November 2011
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