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Photograph Courtesy Life’s Big Events/Melissa Manseau
This ain’t your momma’s plain cheesecake with strawberries! Bella Cheesecakes (207-939-1851, www.bellacheesecakes.com ), of Westbrook, is a family-run company that makes close to three dozen different kinds of cheesecakes. Owner Tony Dominicus was originally inspired by his mother’s classic New York-style cheesecake that he grew up eating. And in fact his mother still adds the finishing touches to the desserts, while his father delivers them (for free!) to southern Maine locations. The cakes come in five-inch, seven-inch, and nine-inch sizes and range from $12 to $40, depending on the complexity of flavors — there’s everything from Moxie to strawberry daiquiri, beach plum to blueberry swirl. The company does make the original New York-style, too, but we can’t help but recommend trying something daring like the mint chocolate chip cheesecake pictured below.