32 Below brings a taste of Italy, creations baked in Temperance

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A new business in Bedford Township is open and ready to bring the sweet flavors of Italy and more to locals.

32 Below, located at 6648 Lewis Avenue in Temperance, officially opened earlier this month, after a short, soft opening in previous weeks. 32 Below specializes in gelato, an Italian-style dessert similar to ice cream but made with more milk than cream, as well as various baked goodies.

The dedication and inauguration were attended by Bedford Township Supervisor Paul Pirrone, Bedford Treasurer Krista Jandasek, and Monroe County District 8 Commissioner Greg Moore, Jr.

Owners Frank and Alia Angel said the opening of the store represents the fulfillment of a long-held dream for the couple.

“This place is (Alia’s) dream,” said Frank Angel. “We waited until the children grew up to have less responsibility to start a business.”

Frank Angel said offering gelato instead of ice cream gives customers an alternative to traditional ice cream.

“The texture is different, the taste is different and everything is (created) in-house here, so the flavors here you won’t find anywhere else,” he said. “That’s what makes us exclusive.”

A selection of authentic Italian ice cream in a display case at 32 Below, a new business in Bedford Township.

He also explained that he first learned how to make ice cream while living in Italy more than 20 years ago.

“It’s very authentic,” he said.

The gelato flavors featured are presented in a freezer with a glass window, and some of the flavors offered at the grand opening included chocolate chip mint, pistachio, almond, and peach.

As for baked goods, Alia said she loves baking and plans to offer a regular rotation of new items based on what customers request and treats that match the season. Currently, she is enjoying a new oven and using it to bake a variety of pies.

“You name it, I cook it,” Alia Angel said. “That’s exactly how it’s going to be. It’s very special and it’s very authentic.

Frank Angel said the shop also employs a barista who makes various coffee drinks, as well as bubble teas. For those craving a tasty homemade snack, the shop offers freshly made hummus.

Frank Angel explained that their wide selection of items comes from listening to what the community wants in terms of quick meals, and this gives them a “one-stop-shop” for an authentic dining experience.

“People so far love us and love the company, and that’s what’s important,” he said. “We do our best to keep everyone happy.”

Pirrone agreed the Angels had a lot to offer Bedford residents in terms of food and friendliness.

“They are amazing people who bring joy not only with their amazing ice cream, but also with their friendly service,” Pirrone said. “I’m so excited for them to thrive in our community.”

A selection of baked goodies in a display case at 32 Below, a new business in Bedford Township.

Alia Angel agreed the community support has been great and she sent a heartfelt message to Bedford residents.

“I just want to say to the community – thank you very much. We are very, very grateful.

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