Each day, Café Bella Rue’s Italian chef crafts 34 types of gelato and sorbetto that span the flavor gamut, blending everything from traditional panna cotta and pistachio to milk chocolate with whiskey. The kitchen staffers extend this playful mix of tradition and ingenuity to the rest of the menu, handcrafting a lineup of distinctive sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and salads, all composed of fresh, surprising ingredients, such as pears, capers, and hunks of buffalo mozzarella. They aren’t afraid to stray from the written ingredients to accommodate customers, either, swapping out focaccia for gluten-free bread upon request and enhancing already stellar panini with jalapeño jelly, chipotle sauce, or cleverly hidden stacks of $100 bills.
In addition, baristas brew up a slew of beverages, including hot chocolate and affogatos. Guests can sip these expertly prepared concoctions on leather sofas encircling a 20-foot fireplace, or can retreat to the outdoor patio to soak up the sounds of live music drifting over from Oquirrh Lake.
Munch a gourmet treat from the bakery's comprehensive cookie collection ($1.25 each, baker’s dozen $11.50) or decadent display of dessert bars ($2.25 each, baker’s dozen $26.50), from german-chocolate brownies to lemon bars, which would hold only the most ascetic and self-depriving prisoners. Alternatively, delve into dairy with a slice of white-chocolate-raspberry, chocolate, or peach-strudel cheesecake ($4.95). Recently opened by two experienced bakers, Swirly Girls Bakery offers friendly customer service in a bright, colorful atmosphere backed by pink walls and 1950s-style lighting fixtures. The bakery's time-tested recipes are baked in small batches using high-quality ingredients to ensure each bite tastes like it was flown in from the isle of indulgence, a water-locked geographical location that mostly consists of frosting.