Pastry traditionalists may question the cannoli nacho. But consider this: the triangular pastry shells can be dunked into an edible chocolate bowl of sweet-cream filling, forever circumventing the soggy fate that so often befalls cannoli shells. This deconstructed cannoli is just one of DiMare Pastry Shop’s many inventive spins on traditional Italian desserts.
Founded in 1976 by Italian-born Ugo DiMare, the pastry shop is now helmed by his two daughters, who have updated the menu with award-winning European and American creations. In addition to scratch-made pastries, the confectioners frost nearly 30 kinds of cakes, ideal for special events such as weddings, company picnics, and Take Your Cake to Work Day.
YogurBerry’s cavalcade of self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings allows patrons to customize their own desserts. More than 16 flavors of yogurt—sweetened only with natural fruit sugar—include chocolate, raspberry, and green tea. A list of more than 40 toppings include fruits such as kiwi, mango, and strawberries, alongside nuts and cereals.
Sisters Helen Danial and Diana Gould believe that the right treat can brighten someone's day. As the founders and chocolatiers of Chocolate Rain Shop, the pair is in the professional day-brightening business. The sisters whip all-natural chocolate, carefully selected fruit, and creamy caramel into decadent desserts and everyday indulgences. Confections can be customized for weddings and other special events, and seasonal offerings celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate hearts, St. Patrick's Day with green shamrocks, and Opposite Day with plain brussels sprouts. Danial and Gould aim to spread the sweetness to the community as well and have designed dog- and cat-shaped chocolate pieces to raise funds for PAWS, an animal charity.
Fru Lala's menu invites guests to explore a world of sweet possibilities, showcasing desserts such as guilt-free frozen yogurts, buttery crepes, and moist cupcakes. Sweet or savory crepes are filled with ingredients such as bacon, gruyere, and basil pesto. Meanwhile, self-serve machines produce ribbons of frozen yogurt in flavors that include caramel turtle, fudge brownie, and island banana?all customized with fresh-cut fruits or candies from the toppings bar.
As a child, Michele Stuart worked alongside her grandmother, peeling fruit, crimping dough, and assisting in other tasks to create decadent pies. Before her grandmother passed away, Michele vowed to make her pies famous. It's safe to say she has made good on that promise. Since founding Michele's Pies in 2007, her creations have won 27 national awards, and have garnered praise from outlets including the Food Network, QVC, and the New York Times. Her pies run the gamut from sweet to savory, and her display case also shines with handmade cookies, tea breads, cheesecakes, and other baked goods.
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