Family-owned business brings fresh ingredients to a quaint bistro setting
It’s a cold November afternoon and Amore Bakery and Café in downtown Gretna is very busy. It’s lunchtime, and people have come to enjoy salads, sandwiches and sweets at this quaint local bistro owned by Sage Spicuzza, his mother Bonnie Pecot and his sister Calli Boullosa.
Open since 2016, Amore serves home-made French and Italian pastries by Spicuzza, who graduated from Delgado’s culinary program in 2013 and previously worked for Hotel Monteleone. When Spicuzza and Pecot saw that the building at 307 Huey P. Long Ave. was available, they thought this would be the perfect place to serve coffee and pastries in a part of Gretna that was missing.
Today, the cafe serves what Spicuzza calls its specialties: bread pudding, tiramisu and crème brûlée ($ 6.95), as well as an assortment of croissants, cheesecake, sugar cookies, muffins, fig cookies, scones. , turnovers and pies ($ 2.95 to $ 6.95). Spicuzza is keeping busy and has devised a system to keep her pastry case well packed.
“I usually make all the pastries the night before and bake them in the morning,” she says.
The variety of pastries available here is constantly changing.
In June, Amore started serving a lunch menu that includes salads and sandwiches such as chicken salad, gourmet grilled cheese, turkey and avocado BLT, and bacon and bacon chicken. the lawyer. Tomato and basil soup is also on the menu and the cafe offers daily specials. Spicuzza has worked hard to ensure that it serves the freshest and best food to its customers.
“Everything is preservative-free, including the meats,” she said. “All of our dressings and soups are homemade. “
Coffee served is by local coffee roaster Coast Roast and Amore offers espresso, lattes, affogato, and flavored hits, as well as tea, hot chocolate, and Italian sodas. The shop also offers seasonal flavored hits and lattes.
Amore Bakery and Café has been one of my favorite places not only in Gretna, but throughout the New Orleans metro area, since they opened. As you walk in, you hear beautiful music playing over the speakers and you are transported to one of those cafes you only see in the Hallmark movies. The cozy atmosphere is welcoming and I like the personal touches of the seasonal decor. One of the first things that caught my eye on my first visit three years ago was the big Christmas tree in the front room of the cafe and the vibe makes you feel like you’re enjoying your morning in a storybook. The display case is not only stocked with homemade goodies, but there are also various flavors of ice cream, courtesy of Angelo Brocato ($ 3.95). That’s right, you can get the famous Brocato gelato on the West Rim!
I have a few personal favorites here and the first one is the butter croissants. The croissants here are so fresh and flaky that they practically melt in your mouth and you can even reheat them. Another fantastic treat is the bread pudding. It’s homemade and full of the sweet / savory satisfaction you expect from bread pudding. It’s so decadent that I have to make a habit of eating it only once in a while, but it’s one of those desserts that is totally worth it. Amore’s version of tiramisu is exquisite. Flavors ooze from every bite and I like that it’s not too sweet. It’s a pleasant and decadent afternoon treat.
As often as I went to the cafe, I hadn’t had a chance to sample the lunch menu yet. When I saw they were offering a Chicken Salad Sandwich ($ 9.95), I was in it. The chicken salad sandwiches are my weakness and I decided to have mine with a pasta salad. The sandwich was big and the chicken was big and juicy. I liked that the chicken salad wasn’t “mayonnaise heavy” – I don’t like it when the taste of mayonnaise overwhelms the flavor of real chicken. The pasta salad was perfect and fully flavored, but light. It was an excellent accompaniment.
Spicuzza hopes that in the future she can add hot items to her ever-expanding menu, although the daily lunch crowd keeps her busy. For now, she plans to keep the treats and lunches handy coming to this welcoming place in “old” Gretna.
Know before you go
Salad and Sandwiches: $ 8.95 to $ 10.95
Soup: $ 4.95 to $ 6.95
Pastries: $ 0.95 to $ 6.95
Ice cream: $ 3.95