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Eating Out - February 8, 2013

Shop Talk

CHOCOLATE TIMES THREE ... A high-end chocolate shop is scheduled to open this week in downtown Palo Alto in the former space of hair and makeup studio Mimi & Taylor Salon at 522 Bryant St. The decision to open Alegio Chocolate in Palo Alto came after its owners, who started their first chocolate shop in Berkeley seven years ago, noticed more customers coming from Silicon Valley. "We decided to open another store near them," said Panos Panagos, who co-owns Alegio with business partner Robbin Everson. Alegio sells truffles with ganache filling, and chocolate bars made by Italian-born tropical agronomist Claudio Corallo, a small cacao producer on a tiny island west of equatorial Africa. Alegio also offers a 45-minute chocolate-tasting tour, where customers learn about the company's own West African plantation. Participants hear how chocolate is grown and harvested, and are given an assortment of different chocolates to sample, said Panagos, a former director/producer for the European Broadcasting Commission.

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