Xocolatti to Open Next Week, Bringing Freeze-Dried-Pomegranate Clusters to Soho

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Xocolatti's creative confections. Photo: Michael Allin/New York Magazine

Bombay-born Shaineal Shah was always expected to go into finance or join the family jewelry business. Instead, just out of Babson College, he colonized part of his parents Scarsdale kitchen and started transforming Valrhona chocolate into sake truffles, barklike mango-paprika slates, and freeze-dried-pomegranate clusters, and selling them online and at retailers like the Chocolate Library and Food Emporium. Hes since moved production to a Port Chester factory, and next week he opens his first Xocolatti shop, where hes stocked all three walls floor to ceiling with truffle assortments. Its no wonder that Shah packages his crumbles of white and dark chocolate, dried pineapple, and coconut in jumbo test tubes; he considers his profession like being a mad scientist.

Xocolatti, 172 Prince St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-256-0332