In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it turnover, Cafe Sant Edesia closed after less than a week in the space that was last occupied by Caramello (on Fifth between Union and Berkeley), and a new Sicilian bakery called A'Putia has opened in its place.
A'Putia is the brainchild of Sicilian entrepreneur Giacomo d'Alessandro, and the shop's two specialties are cannoli (made with sheep's milk ricotta flown in from Italy once a week) and cassata, which is sort of a layer cake made with sponge cake, cannoli filling, marzipan, and candied fruit. Both are available in a couple sizes, and though the menu is extremely limited for now (foccaccia and coffee are also available), these are very high-quality, authentically Sicilian offerings and will soon be joined by panini, quiche, croissants, and salads. There's another location in Hoboken, and they also sell wholesale.
Whether or not A'Putia (which means a typical shop where you can find traditional products in Sicilian dialect) can find enough of a niche for itself in the neighborhood to turn a profit remains to be seen, but it looks like there's an actual business plan behind it and the one in Hoboken has been getting great reviews. And I tried the cannoli, and it's damn good.
It has some competition, but Cafe Sant Edesia just might win the prize for shortest-running Slope business in recent memory.