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Sebastopol - Sfoglia Italian Bakery & Café – Easter Pannetone & La Colomba

rworange | Apr 2, 200702:17 PM     3

Everything is good here, but the best so far are the savory tarts ($2.75)

A tasty, buttery tart shell with a thin layer of cheese topped with excellent … excellent roasted peppers, tasty portabellas, caramelized onions, deeply flavorful tomatoes and fresh herbs. The veggie topping glistened with olive oil. So good.

About the tarts from the Press Democrat …

“A warm sausage tart, filled with tomatoes, cheese and herbs was quite possibly the best thing I've eaten in weeks. I kid you not.”

I agree.

The pizzetta with marinara topped with caramelized onion, had a tender, soft, pillowy thin crust with a light pleasing yeasty taste. A light spread of sauce topped with cheese was nicely supported by the crust. It was even good cold and microwaved the next day.

Veggie toppings are 40 cents each. Meat toppings are 70 cents… nice personal size pie. One thing that would be helpful is if the available toppings were listed. They are recited, but I'm slow and need a bit of time to contemplate the toppings I might want.

It also might be good to know who makes the sausage and salami or whatever other meats. Then again it's not that type of place ... more interested in a tasty product than the pedigree.

The panninis looked good.

Taylor Maid coffee seemed similar to Flying Goat and paired well with the desserts.

Some cookies:

Biscotti (one apricot, one anise) - The exact right hardness … not too soft or rock hard … they make a good dipping biscotti absorbing coffee without falling apart. The anise is lightly flavored. I liked both, but the apricot was my favorite with generous pieces of nicely diced dried apricot.

Pignoli - light meringue-y, chewy cookie with whole pinenuts scattered on top

Filled cookie – the texture of the pignoli with a spread of light chocolate cream in the center

Plain cookie – lightly lemon-flavored and very pleasant

Sesame cookie – Toasting the sesames seeds might have brought out more sesame flavor . Still ... good crumb and a nice cookie.

Starting Wednesday they will sell Easter Breads … pannetone and La Colomba. The Columbia won’t be dove-shaped. There are plans to always carry pannetone.

More about La Colomba from an old post about a version sold at Victoria Bakery.

The owner’s sister was wonderful and asked if I was Italian since I know about that bread. Having just spent the morning at the flea market I was a little tired and not my usual chatty self, unfortunately. As Melanie mentions in the post below the family helps out and it makes for a very pleasant homey experience.

The little café area is comfortable and on a warm day the windows were open and it was very relaxing. There is parking. It is the screen door to the right at the front of the Antique Society building.

Thanks again, Melanie. Without the heads-up I never would have noticed this place. They seem to have found a customer base already with a steady stream of people dropping by.

A very enjoyable stop on the sunny day when the trees outside were fragrant with spring blossoms.

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Sfoglia Italian Bakery & Cafe
@ Sebstopol Antique Society
2661 Gravenstein Hwy., Suite H
Sebastopol 95472
Open daily, 10 to 5

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