“It’s the best feeling in the world to know that our products make people happy. It is so rewarding to make a positive difference in their day-to-day!”– Carla Roppo-Owczarek

Edmonton-based husband-wife duo Kris Owczarek & Carla Roppo-Owczarek have been making hand-dipped biscotti and Gemelli fruit and nut bars under the DeFazio Gourmet brand since 2012. Upon re-branding to CANOVA Pasticceria in 2016, the Owczareks expanded their product line to include artisan European pastries, including cornetti (Nutella, Pistachio and Vanilla Cream), sweet and savoury danishes, banana and pumpkin loaves and Amaretti cookies.

Nestled in an nondescript warehouse space in Edmonton’s Northside, this “hidden gem” provides wholesale baked goods to cafés, cafeterias and boutiques to clients including Alberta Health Services, NAIT, and Caffé Sorrentino’s locations. In addition to owning and operating a small business, the couple are kept busy by three young sons, Thomas, 9, and twins Adam and Benjamin, 7.