We had the good fortune of connecting with Lia Battaglia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always been timid and taking risks has always been a challenge. However, as I got older, I became more ambitious. I’m grateful for this because it has allowed me to grow as a person. Risks are a necessary part of life; without them, we would probably live a mundane life. If you have a goal, you must take that first step-take the risk! It may be challenging, you may be frightened, or you may not succeed the first time; and that is ok. I dreaded failure and often doubted my own potential. It’s something I still struggle with at times. Even though I’m not as talented compared to other bakers, I constantly remind myself why I started and how far I’ve come since then. Baking brings me joy, and I want to share that passion with others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My business, Little Dolcini, is a home bakery located in San Diego, California. All desserts are gluten-free and vegan, along with a few keto options! It is important to me that my “dolcini” or treats can be adored by everyone regardless of any food allergies or restrictions they may have. Some challenges I’ve experienced are feelings of self-doubt and stress. I often compare my bakery to other businesses that have made it big. While their experiences can be encouraging, it can also be disappointing if you begin to tell yourself that you are unsuccessful because you don’t have a big following. I’ve learned that success is not measured by the number of followers you have nor how many customers you receive, but ultimately how you feel. If you are content with your business and your life, that is what success is. I believe that you should never give up on your aspirations because it could lead you down a new road you never would’ve imagined!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Balboa Park is one of my all-time favorite places to visit; you have to spend a day there! The park is surrounded by breathtaking nature and museums. The coffee shop known as Daniel’s coffee sells some of the best coffee! I also love the beaches here; however, I would suggest going to La Jolla because of the adorable sea lions and picturesque views. Old Town is another interesting place immersed in history. Even if you are not a history fanatic, you will certainly appreciate the old buildings, performances, and restaurants that are now apart of it. Embarcadero is the harbor area near downtown known for its USS Midway Museum. If you walk a bit farther, you will reach Seaport village which has many quaint souvenir shops. A few of my favorite breakfast spots include The Mission, Fig Tree Cafe, Cafe Gratitude, and Spoiled Vegans. If we wanted takeout, I’d suggest Phra Ram 9, Evolution fast food, or Plant Power. And if you’re craving dessert, don’t forget to order your Little Dolcini!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, my family has played a significant role, not only in my personal life, but also in my professional career…They are my inspiration. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for baking. When my grandmother would visit, we would bake treats together. Its precious moments like these that subtly shaped my future. Once I graduated from high school, I became vegan due to health and ethical reasons. Since I was unable to use the ingredients I was accustomed to, baking became a bit more challenging. Soon after I began my Instagram page; I received an influx of positive feedback from my friends. They suggested that I begin selling my desserts, and my career started from there!
Photo credit: Lia Battaglia