From Our Editors
Though the phrase Tranyslvanian bakery might conjure up images of a pale, fanged man leaning over a bowl of blood pudding, the baked goods at Ovy Bakery aren't sinister, just sinful. As a child, head baker Ovidiu "Ovy" Pop learned the sweeter side of his homeland's history by learning how to bake the region's iconic sweets under the tutelage of his mother. She taught him how to create the fluffy layers of creme, the moist layers of sponge cake, and the light pastry puffs that serve as the building blocks for most of his desserts. After honing his skills at Kendall College culinary school and at Michelin-rated bakeries in Chicago, he decided to bring the desserts from his homeland to Skokie. He now spends all of his time making his favorite Romanian sweets, such as the spumoasa, which alternates layers of puff pastry with strawberry-foam cream, and an orange diplomat creme rolled in yellow sponge cake and topped with orange whipped cream. Like a brewery's repairman, many of Ovy's desserts come soaked in liquor––such as the amandina's rum-infused chocolate sponge cake––adding a hint of indulgence to the decadent treats.