Tredici Bakery & Café is the Capital Heights' neighborhood stop for sweet treats.
Open for business at 5078 Capital Heights Ave. in Baton Rouge for about a year, the small shop has staying power with its array of macarons, cannoli, cookies, pies and specialty cakes.
A one-time private baker, Tredici (Italian for 13 – a baker’s dozen) is Monica Shaughnessy's baby. She and head pastry chef, Erin Laley, are putting an awful lot of care into their pastries.
We called in our order of an assorted dozen ($26.40) French macarons 24 hours in advance. Baked that morning, the flavors ranged from salted caramel and lemon blueberry to cookie dough and green apple. Each was richly sweet. What I mean to say is that they tingled my teeth. The macaron is two crispy outer meringue-like cookies with a sugary cream in the center. If McDonald's made one, they'd call it a sugar sandwich.
It's a delectable treat, and one you'll have every once in a while. But it pairs perfectly with some hot tea in this autumn-style weather. They're so pretty a box of these would make a perfect holiday hostess gift.
The menu has other goodies, such as the wedding cookies ($1.15 each), which transported me to a time when my Aunt Hon would send my family Italian-style goodies each Christmas. If you have a cookie that rivals Aunt Hon's, that is the biggest compliment of all in the Sigur family.
The cannoli ($2.75) was my favorite though. The thin cookie-like pastry is filled with luscious cream and coated on the edges with milk chocolate and a dash of cinnamon. By the time I took a bite, it was a crumbly delight.
We brought back a pumpkin scone ($2.75) to the scone aficionado in the office, and he gave it his stamp of approval. The glazed treat was so large he decided to save half of it to enjoy with his breakfast.
With Government Street and the Mid City area becoming more and more of a restaurant row, it's nice to see a local pasty shop right at the heart of the neighborhood. If you're looking for a sweet detour, you can't go wrong here.
TREDICI BAKERY AND CAFÉ
5078 Capital Heights Ave., 70806
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Saturday; 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Closed Sunday
PROS: Fresh baked goods — especially the cannoli — made to order, and friendly service in a charming atmosphere.
CONS: The light crispy meringue outsides of the French macarons were dreamy, but the fillings were overly sweet for some.