Cipriani, which has hotels and restaurants in many countries and also sells food products, has moved its chocolate-making facility from Milan to New York. And it has opened a temporary boutique selling the often whimsical, fashion-forward gift items, like molded chocolate handbags in several sizes and designs, platform stilettos, teddy bears, hearts and such. There is also a limited selection of boxed chocolate bonbons with fillings like nuts, ginger and coffee. The chocolatiers, Baptiste Roudel and Cristiano Spinoni, use cacao from Madagascar for their dark chocolate and cacao from Peru for the milk.
Chocolates, $18 to $97, Cacao by Cipriani, 53 Wall Street (William Street), Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment only, 646-278-0500, and also at the Cipriani store at 120 East 42nd Street, cipriani.com. Delivery is available in New York City for an extra charge.