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Nov 7, 2008 07:55 AM

'Burgh bakery recs for Anniversary celebration

Looking for feedback on great bakeries or caterers that provide a variety of choices for specialty desserts. My parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in December and my siblings and I are planning a small party. I would love to find something other than run of the mill cake to serve for dessert.

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  1. I generally go to Prantl's (Shadyside) for my bakery needs. I've liked everything I've tried there. I had a coworker get cupcakes from Vanilla Pastry Studio on Centre Ave. for a baby shower and RAVED about them. I haven't tried them yet.

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    1. re: goldy12

      I'll second the vote for Prantl's.

    2. Prantl's Almond torte is the way to go. You can't go wrong with anything from there ! Also... The French Tart (unsure of locations... but I know there is more than one.) They have regular size goodies as well as nice "little" pies/cakes for one or two to share. YUM!

      1. If you wanted to go with the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition, Annamarie's is excellent.

        1. The French Tart has locations in Mt. Lebanon and PPG Place. I've only had their quiche, so can't comment on desserts.

          I'll second Vanilla Pastry Studio. They recently moved to East Liberty, next to Kelly's Bar, near Whole Foods. Prantl's is located nearby on Walnut Street, so it would be a nice afternoon of taste-testing.

          There is also a French bakery in Millvale (?) which is supposed to be good. I forget the name...I think Marc is in it.

          1. I know it's an institution, but I've generally been unimpressed with Prantl's.

            Vanilla has fantastic cupcakes, so I'd trust their cakes to be good as well. They have some samples in the shop that look beautiful.

            Food Glorious Food is sort of a neighborhood secret - their bakery is only open on Saturdays, and everything I've gotten there has been unbelievably good. I know they do custom orders, so it's worth a call -