Did you realize that Café Pettirosso on Capitol Hill, once closed on Mondays, now opens its door specifically to hold what is arguable this city’s best (only?) bake sale every week?
For the past month or so, sisters Yukiko and Miki Sodos have been using their cute little café—nearly hidden with all the recent construction of Chophouse Row—to showcase the talents of their wondrous new pastry chef, Danell George, who left Ba Bar in May to join the family.
"It's really fun. I can make whatever I want," George told me when I stopped by Monday. She says she tries to have everything out on the counter by the time the café opens, but inevitably, some items are introduced a little late.
Now, listen up. Here's the deal. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, George turns out an impressive spread that features just about anything you have ever dreamed of eating — and many of it’s vegan and/or gluten free.
There are cakes (such as ginger with marion berry buttercream pictured above), muffins, Danishes, cookies, quiche, strata, stromboli, monkey bread, scones, and most importantly, homemade Twinkies.
There is also a selection of salads and sandwiches from the case, but really?
Interesting fact: George was the baker when Pettirosso was just a tiny café back in 2006. She taught Yukiko how to bake. Now, all three ladies are helping to introduce a new cake program at the café, thus, the inspiration for the weekly bake sale. If you could see George’s cakes, you’d understand why. They’re simply beautiful. And miniature versions can be purchased for about $6.
If I had to chose a favorite out of the seven items I tried it would be hands down the Roulade au Chocolate ($3). It's similar to a Danish, with layers of pastry cream and bittersweet chocolate. Better yet, it was still warm when I ate it.
Heaven really is a place on Earth — 11th and Pike to be exact.