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Best Almond Tort - Pittsburgh?

yayadave Nov 18, 2007 08:10 PM

I've been thinking about this. Prantl's, Oakmont Bakery and Bethel Bakery make almond torts. I don't know if Jean Marc in Millvale or anyone else makes one. But who's is best?

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    chicatrio Nov 19, 2007 10:54 AM

    i know i'll probably be shot for this but... I think Prantl's is overrated. The icing is sometimes gritty, and a little too sweet.
    Oakmont Bakery's is good, but Last time the Almonds were soggy, and the icing slightly too sweet. I haven't had one from Jean Marc(do they make one?) Pastries a la Carte in the South Hills makes one that's okay- but i LOVE Bethel. They seem to get it perfect everytime.

    1. steeltowngrl Nov 19, 2007 12:57 PM

      Not in Pittburgh but Veniero's in NYC makes a terrific almond torte and they ship anywhere. Paula Dean's sons recommended it on their show on Food Network, if that means anything. But it did persuade me to try it and if I lived in Pgh I would order it if that's what I was craving. www.venierospastry.com

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        jacktanner Nov 26, 2007 07:07 AM

        Don't know if they have an almond torte, but there's a new-ish French dessert place in Shadyside, across the street from the crepes place. Also, check with Food Glorious Food in Highland Park.

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        1. re: jacktanner
          yayadave Nov 26, 2007 09:22 AM

          Is that the French Tart? I don't know if they make an almond torte, either.

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          beckyleeprice Dec 4, 2007 01:24 PM

          I agree with you about Prantl's being overrated! I'd love to find another source; I'm sure Prantl's doesn't even use butter. Who wants to eat a load of over-sweetened Crisco? But most people go ga-ga over it.

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            matay Feb 10, 2009 05:30 PM

            dudt's bakery in allison park (duncan avenue) makes a delicious one. i think it's FAR beter than prantl's. (there's also a dudt's bakery in wexford but is a different owner.)

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            1. re: matay
              yayadave Feb 10, 2009 06:33 PM

              Dudt's is a highly respected name in the Mt. Lebanon area years ago. There seems to be a few of them around. A lot like Tambellini's. I wonder how/if they're related.

              1. re: yayadave
                grapevine Feb 11, 2009 07:16 AM

                Whole Foods also makes Almond Torte, I had it once and it was very good.

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