Amid the hustle and bustle of summertime Falmouth is Maison Villatte, a French bakery, reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie/boulangerie
From the glass cases to the bread racks to the soft lighting it is is oh, so French.
The epicurean fare ranges from the savory to the sweet and I tried both.
On each of my three days in Falmouth I stopped by the bakery: the first day for lunch, a Croque Monsieur; the second day for breakfast, croissant with ham and a flatten croissant-like dough layered with cheeses and bacon; and to take home on the third, two small tarts, a quiche Lorraine and an apricot custard.
The luscious croissants were ever so light and flaky enhanced by cheese and ham/bacon. The apricot tart's almond crust was so buttery and delicious I could have eaten just that and been happy. The filling, too, was delicious: tangy and custardy
I was so excited to try the Croque Monsieur as I have yet to find any in the Providence area. Though it was tasty, it was a bit of a disappointment. For me the bread was too flat and dense with a too-thin layer of ham and cheese.
However, I enjoyed the offerings at Maison Villatte so much I am thinking it would make a wonderful winter time day trip from Providence. (The P B Boulangerie in South Wellfleet is a bit of a hike for a day trip.)
Fortunately for me the patisserie, Pastiche, is located right here in Providence, with its perfectly executed cakes, tarts, and other delectable sweets.
French bakeries this side of Paris. How much better can it get!
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