|1700 Culver Road, Rochester NY|
|Hours (as of January 2010)|
|Daily: 6:00AM to 9:00PM|
|585 288 5555|
Donuts Delite opened in 1958,closed in 2005, and reopened as part of Salvatore's in 2010.
The original Donuts Delite had a crowd of regulars at the counter, and their selection of donuts could not be beat (about 8-9 types of jelly donuts was common). At Halloween they were famous for their pumpkin donuts. They closed in 2005 due to pressures from the chain stores,
They reopened Jan 12th, 2010 after Sam Fantauzzo, owner of Salvatore's Pizzeria, bought the building and restored it to as close to what it was when it opened, including tin ceilings and retro tables. Now, the shop is half Salvatore's Pizza and half Donuts Delite. Officially, the new name is "Salvatore's at the historic Donuts Delite building."
Michael Malley, whose family ran Donuts Delite from 1958 until its closing, is returning to run the doughnut side of the business. The family agreed to let Fantauzzo use the original recipes for its doughnuts, such as banana cream and the "flying saucer," an oversize glazed donut with cinnamon.
See a photo of their old donut rack on RochesterBeat, where the Donut Queen also appears.
1951 Donut Queen - RochesterBeat During the dormant period in 2007 Window Reflections - 2007
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2008-08-27 01:21:24 This place was incredible. I remember riding my bike to high school and grabbing breakfast here every day. —EugeneCain
2009-04-02 08:41:28 This place was just bought by the owner of Salvatore's. He will keep the integrity of the building which is the best thing that could ever happen! This is a beautiful building! —NewtonNola
2009-09-23 12:58:40 I heard on the news yesterday that they reopened. When I drove by the old location it wasnt there... —sub619
2009-09-23 15:04:44 The reopening isn't for a few weeks. Soccer Sam Fantauzzo (owner of salvatore's) said he's going to restore it to it's old glory AND have Salvatore's Pizza available too! —PeteB
2009-11-22 10:14:08 My wife and I and our newborn son rented a house just down the street from Donuts Delite for a year and a half in the mid '80s. We walked his stroller down the street every morning and turned at the corner across from Donuts Delite. Each evening we would walk down to that same corner and cross over to get donuts for he and I and a cruller for my wife plus hot coffee. One morning as we made the corner, he said his first word, "Donut!" and reached out towards the shop. His first birthday cake was a donut with a scoop of ice cream in the middle and a candle on top. He has always had an intrinsic appreciation for the finer things in life and a donut from Donuts Delite was mighty fine! —JimRuen
2010-01-15 23:35:52 I had never been to Donuts Delite before, but I wanted to support a new "old" business. Plus, with all the media attention, I was curious. My first surprise was a parking attendant pointing out parking spots in the lot; nice. Walking in the door felt a little like walking into a 1950s restaurant; nice. Ordered a dozen assorted donuts and noted a good assortment that looked fresh and tasty; nice. Was told the price; not so nice. At almost twice what you would pay at Ridge or Dunkin Donuts, I expected them to be twice as good. The donuts were good but not over $1 each good. —RichardSchreiber
2010-01-24 16:47:06 The Culver Road location is open from 6am until 9pm. Donuts are only made in the morning, so get there earlier for the best selection. —CarlTinch
2010-01-24 17:33:32 I was there with my family Friday evening and the owner saw us looking mournful because of the selection but happy there were any. He said they will be expanding the doughnut/donut operation soon. The doughnuts were as I remembered them. The chocolate fried cake was very good. —RxScabin
2010-01-27 23:54:06 The place looks totally different. I hated the setup. It is no surprise that people would be out the door waiting for donuts the counter is basically at it. The donuts selection is FAR from the 59 that once where, But they did have many favorites and "special" donuts that where not made every day. The donuts are not perfection! Many filled ones where exploded and shells where over cooked slightly. Most all of them odd un-uniform shapes. They tasted great... just like I remembered them. They just looked ugly! I think they are a bit high in price, but donuts now a days are .90... I hope for hot cross bun donuts and bunnies! The also plan to set up online ordering and shipping donuts nation wide! —kimmyCox
2010-01-28 08:25:04 The donuts are a cut above all others in the area, maybe even twice as good! —greif
2010-01-31 08:53:37 Went on a Saturday morning a little before 10am and found that the line wasn't too long, and customers were being moved swiftly. The doughnut selection was pretty good, however, it is tough to see what is being offered when you are standing in a line around the corner of the counter. Once up front, there was a pressure to rush our order and not spend too much time deciding, which was a drawback because my boyfriend and I were not familiar with the flavors. The doughnuts were a little pricey for my experience, over $1 each. We got all yeast doughnuts (4 types), and the yeast dough was a little heavy for our tastes. The doughnuts all seemed slightly overcooked. Granted, ours might have come from a bad batch. The "famous" flying saucer had a great flavor, but again, was slightly dry. We will likely go back and give it another shot. The place looks great inside, and given the landmark quality of the intersection anchor, I am happy to see Salvatore's help bring it back to life. —MerCDotes
2010-03-17 13:17:19 The appeal of the re-opening has subsided and you can now stop by on most mornings without waiting in line.
Donut's Delight: The donuts are excellent, but pricy. Worth the price? Depends on how often you eat donuts and how much you like them. A bad donut is still just as sweet and chocolaty as a good one. I picked up a dozen before work for a meeting recently. Everyone agreed they were delicious. The flavor selection is great too, blueberry filled, apple-raspberry filled, banana cream... awesome!
Salvatore's: Haven't tried their pizza yet, not expecting anything other than "Rochester Style". However, I tried their meatball sub recently at a friend's recomendation.... awesome! The meatballs are seasoned with herbs and spices, the toasted bread is the right combination of soft and crunchy, and the sauce is delicious. I can't wait to try their other subs.
Atmosphere: What a cool place. Restored to 1950's diner-style splendor, with table service for donuts and coffee! Stop by just to check it out, support it to keep it open this time. —ErikReinert
2010-03-24 12:49:08 Delicious donuts - worth the extra $ in my opinion! Their sour cream glazed donuts are delicious! —Acarp
2010-12-13 13:32:15 I got some donuts from here a few weeks ago. They were definately tasty. It's hard to pick what to take since they all look so good. —DamianKumor