Italian Market to Open in Waterville

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro and Candace Savinelli in their new store space. Photo by David Leaming of www.centralmaine.com.

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro and Candace Savinelli in their new store space. Photo by David Leaming of www.centralmaine.com.

Colby is not unique in wanting an increased presence downtown Waterville. Candace and Tom Savinelli, owners of popular Waterville bakery and deli Holy Cannoli, are opening their second storefront downtown, a market specializing in Italian foodstuffs. The store will occupy the former Barrel’s Market space at 74 Main Street and will be connected interiorly to Holy Cannoli at 72 Main.

The Savinellis are following Colby, after the College’s recent purchase of three Main Street buildings, as well as developer Bill Mitchell who purchased two buildings on Common Street. Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro plans to invest in the Savinellis’ new endeavor in an effort to further the development of downtown.

The new store is estimated to open in December 2015 and will sell wine, specialty cheese and meats, imported tomatoes, infused oils, and other dry goods including a featured salt bar. The finished basement of the space will be used for wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and other events to engage the local community.

Candace also hopes to install a high-end lounge for Italian movie screenings, hopefully engaging the students and professors in the area. Adam Howard, Associate Professor of Education at the College and self-proclaimed foodie, is quite enthusiastic about Waterville’s upcoming addition. In an interview with The Echo’s Carli Jaff, Professor Howard said, “Those of us who are very serious about our Italian cooking have to go down to Portland. Now, I have to just walk a couple of blocks and boom, I’ll have all the ingredients I need, which you can’t get at local grocery stores. So, we needed this kind of market for those of us who are huge foodies.”

The Savinellis’ strong record with Holy Cannoli, backing from Mayor Isgro, and support from the local community bode well for the new storefront, a hopeful start in a town bursting with new energy.