Roberto and Linda Zucchi of Lady Chocolatt. Photo by Westside People
For Linda and Roberto Zucchi their road to America was paved in chocolate.
The owners of Lady Chocolatt made several trips to California in 2009 from their home in Italy when they discovered a small chocolate and coffee shop for sale off Wilshire. Three months later they’d quit their jobs in Italy, sold their home and moved to America.
“We just fell in love with this chocolate and decided to buy the place,” Roberto said. “Now we are working together every day and very glad to be here.”
Lady Chocolatt sells imported Belgium chocolate as the sole US distributor for a family chocolatier. Their boxed hand-picked assortments are a perfect holiday and gift idea that can be purchased in the store and ordered on-line. As opposed to large commercial brands of chocolate, Lady Chocolatt’s Belgium imports contain less sugar and more cocoa butter that’s unique to one of the oldest chocolate making traditions in the world.
“There’s nobody in the world doing as good a chocolate as Belgium,” Roberto said.
But when it comes to the coffee, the couple remains true to their Italian roots with strongly accented espressos. Roberto and Linda are now a fixture in the community for a loyal clientele who also come for the sandwiches and treats like a Brussels waffles made with a 100-year-old secret recipe. One of their customers, a 92-year-old man from Belgium, presented them with the closely guarded recipe.
“He gave us this piece of paper handwritten with some information correct but other not very specific,” Roberto said. “We had three months of experimenting.”
What resulted was a super light rectangular, crispy and very light waffle often topped with whip cream and melted caramel, a very light simple treat with less calories than a croissant.