Slideshow: Cecilia Tessieri on Passion, Mastering Chocolate, and Her First Shop in NYC

Owner Cecilia Tessieri
Owner Cecilia Tessieri

Amedei founder Cecilia Tessieri inside the first standalone New York shop, near Union Square.

Exterior
Exterior

Outside of the shop; a sign encourages hot chocolate drinking.

Toscano Black 70 Chocolate Bar
Toscano Black 70 Chocolate Bar

This 70% dark chocolate bar blends Trinitario and Criollo beans; the flavor is the first Amedei chocolate ever made.

Porcelana Chocolate Bar
Porcelana Chocolate Bar

The Porcelana has been called the world's most expensive chocolate; a bar costs $16.50. It's 70% cocoa bittersweet dark chocolate, made from the prized Criollo bean found in Venezuela. Amedei produces 20,000 bars a year, and each is numbered on the packaging—this one is No. 17,480.

Cru Collection (Single-Origin Bars)
Cru Collection (Single-Origin Bars)

Each of these packages has four individually wrapped chocolates made with single-origin cocoa from Grenada, Jamaica, Madagascar, Trinidad, and Venezuela.

Praline Display
Praline Display

The pint-sized shop showcases 14 types of pralines.

Crema Toscana spreads
Crema Toscana spreads

The shop also sells Crema Toscana chocolate-and-hazelnut spreads, one with a more pronounced hazelnut flavor, the other with a richer chocolate flavor. Both are made with hazelnuts roasted in house.