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Carmella’s Café & Dessert Bar opens in downtown Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Carmella’s Café & Dessert Bar officially opened its doors this week in downtown Greenville.

The traditional Italian-style café is a one-stop-shop along the Reedy River, offering breakfast, specialty coffees and drinks, sandwiches, pizza, desserts, and a full bar.

Owner Brian Solari opened the original Carmella’s in Charleston in 2014. After finding great success in Charleston and falling in love with Greenville’s Main Street, Solari knew he had to find the perfect location to expand their business.

“We wanted to stand out and to be a staple in Greenville, just like we are in Charleston. When we found this location right here on the falls, we could not let this space go. We are incredibly excited to be at this location,” Solari explained. “My wife and I took a trip to Italy a few years back and what she loved, especially when we were in Rome and Florence, was the greenery and brightness of the cafés and the way that they were building them there. That’s kind of what we fell in love with and what we wanted to bring to Greenville.”


Solari said many of Carmella’s items stem from family recipes and offer a regional flair.

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“What we sell the most of are definitely the cakes. First of all, many of the items are family, generationally-tested recipes, like the carrot cake,” Solari explained. “We do our own house-made ciabatta and focaccia breads. We make pizzas. We make gourmet sandwiches. We’re going to be opening up at 8 a.m. here and have a full café-style breakfast. We’ll have tons of muffins and breakfast sandwiches and bomboloni, which is a fried Italian donut. We have draft beer, draft wine, we have espresso martini on tap as well as assortment of specialty cocktails, alcoholic milkshakes and various other concoctions that the bartenders have created.”

Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite or enjoy a sweet treat, Carmella’s has something for everyone.

The café, located at 355 South Main Street, is open daily from 8 a.m. until midnight. Orders can be placed online for pickup. For more information, visit carmellasdessertbar.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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