Tonawanda News — The bakery cases at Leone’s Cookies don’t just hold baked goods. They hold family memories.
The recipe for the Italian fig cookies comes from Mary Martinick’s Aunt Lorraine. The recipe for the Italian bread co-owner Anthony Leone makes every day, comes from his Grandma Rose. His thumbprint cookies and Linzer tarts are recipes from his Uncle Joe. It’s like a sweet family reunion.
Almost every item in the case at their new shop on Grand Island Boulevard has a story behind it. And that’s what they feel will make the difference their products and those sold by the area bakery giants.
Their little bake shop opened in October and shares space with the newly opened RigaTony’s Italian Take-out and Catering.
The little Grand Island Boulevard storefront is a place of dreams brought to life as the co-owners Leone and Martinick had been looking for a space to open a bakery when they serendipitously found Anthony Massaro, who was fulfilling a lifelong dream and opening an Italian take-out restaurant and catering business.
Leone and Martinick met when they worked together at Cinta’s Document Shredding on Grand Island. Leone, father of six, and Martinick, mom of three, were drawn together by their love of baking. Leone had given his whole family giant chocolate chip cookies for Christmas and his sister, Natalie, pressed him to open his own shop. Martinick was known for bringing delicious baked goods to work. The pair decided to look for a storefront.
As for Massaro, he sold his landscaping business to open the restaurant side of the cafe. Then he found Leone and Martinick to help with the rent.
The result is a work in process as the three are combining their efforts to make the store a one-stop shop for savory meals and desserts.