This week's dining review features the steadily improving Coco's Italian Market, where Cafe Coco founder Chuck Cinelli has renovated and revamped both the dining room and the menu of Italian fare at the Charlotte Pike-area eatery.
Among the most significant changes, Cinelli has installed a brick pizza oven, and he has reached out to local vendors to build a roster of homegrown ingredients, from regional produce and eggs to artisan chocolates by Olive & Sinclair, gelato by Bravo Gelato and desserts by Lucy's Cheescakes in Franklin.
Also on the dessert roster, Cinelli's wife Coco is baking a selection of vegan cakes, which she hopes to expand in the new year. If you try one of the so-called "Please Cakes" before we do, please report back on Bites. Meanwhile, we'll keep you posted as Coco's expanded line of vegan delights comes to fruition.