Paul Toffolo has been involved with Lettieri for more than 10
years and was one of the original franchisees in 1999 at the Hazelton
Lanes location where he is today. Paul, speaking to potential
franchisees says, "I was trained by John (Lettieri) back
in the day and that training still exists." Paul sees the
café business as one that is very consistent financially.
He says, "It is a recession proof business. Everyone has
a buck or two for a coffee. And coffee is something that Paul
takes very seriously. Nicknamed "the Coffee Whisperer by
some of his regulars Paul is known in the Yorkville area for making
Ryerson Professor of Journalism, Tim Falconer is a regular at
Lettieri and he says of Paul, "He (Paul) makes great espresso
and he makes sure that every espresso served in his store is perfect."
Paul says it best himself, a true fan of the Lettieri concept
he replied that, "I consider good coffee an art form and
we try to create the best possible espresso every time."