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Itza bakery

Love to dine out Jun 20, 2010 10:43 PM

Anyone tried Itza bakery in the Devinish building on 17th ave sw? Someone brought to work a croissant from there and it was pretty flat. Opening jitters maybe?

ITZA Bakeshop
#111, 908-17th ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A3, CA

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  1. John Manzo RE: Love to dine out Jun 22, 2010 12:44 PM

    Stopped in today. Croissants looked gorgeous, actually.

    But the proof of the baking is in the eating- I got two almond croissants, and they were SPECTACULAR! Almost made me forget about the now-long-gone wonders from Eiffel Tower- these are a little more delicate than those were but absolutely infused with almond flavour and a patina of what I assume is marzipan on the bottom. The edges are sort of caramelized... I was in heaven and would go back all the time just for these.

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      messier RE: John Manzo Jun 23, 2010 03:33 PM

      did someone say ALMOND CROISSANTS??? Ohhh!
      John did you notice any pain au raisin? I would die for one of those!

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        John Manzo RE: messier Jun 23, 2010 05:55 PM

        Pains au raisin are their specialty!

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        TSAW RE: John Manzo Jun 23, 2010 07:31 PM

        Good info. I better run over asap!! Man, I miss Eiffel Tower. I wonder what time Itza opens?? I hate it when bakeries open at 9 or later... I like to grab something on my way to work.

        1. re: TSAW
          cancowboy RE: TSAW Jun 23, 2010 07:59 PM

          The link in the original post says 7:30.
          And confirmed on the Facebook page.

          Menu items:
          pain au chocolate
          pain au raisin
          almond croissants
          cheese buns
          gooey cinnamon buns
          whole wheat butter bread
          lemon tarts
          mini eclairs
          vegetarian quiche
          ham and cheese quiche

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            TSAW RE: cancowboy Jun 23, 2010 08:24 PM

            sounds like tomorrows stop! thanks Cancowboy.

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              Jasz RE: cancowboy Jul 24, 2010 11:33 PM

              The pain au chocolat was amazing, just the right balance between flakiness and chocolate goodness. My friend got a cheese bun and really liked it as well. The sticky cinnamon buns looked fabulous as well and I wish I had tried an almond croissant.

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          Albertagirl RE: Love to dine out Jul 28, 2010 10:34 PM

          Stopped in today and bought a croissant and a demi-baguette. The croissant had a good butter flavour, but was too soft for me. I am looking for a textural experience, along with the butter. No flakiness, no crunchy bits on the edges, They are my favourite parts. Haven't found anything here like in France. Manuel's are too airy, Ladybug has a sweet brush over. The same with the baguette; decent enough flavour, but no texture, too soft, like they have dairy in there, and not baked long enough, Sigh, need a France fix....

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            aktivistin RE: Albertagirl Jul 29, 2010 05:22 AM

            Albertagirl, you may want to try Manuel Latruwe's croisants at Phil & Sebastian. Not as airy, because they're baked in store and not in Manuel's special oven. But they still have the crispy edges and the flakey, flakey layers.

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              John Manzo RE: Albertagirl Jul 29, 2010 10:17 AM

              Please mention your complaints to the owner. She's very receptive to constructive criticism.

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                Albertagirl RE: John Manzo Jul 29, 2010 10:12 PM

                John, what I was commenting on with the croissants and baguette are my subjective preferences; many people may like them just as they are. To change them to my taste, beyond baking them a bit more, would be a different recipe/and or technique. I would think she is making them the way she thinks they taste good. To each his/her own!

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                Shazam RE: Albertagirl Jul 29, 2010 12:40 PM

                Heh, when I was NYC that's exactly how they were at the hotel - just crispy enough on the outside, soft, buttery on the inside. They were unreal.

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                  clouie RE: Albertagirl Mar 16, 2011 06:32 PM

                  Albertagirl, have you tried the bread at Vendome? They make one that has sort of texture -crispy exterior - quite lovely. A bit salty though - they sprinkle sea salt on the top. Also some herbs, though I couldn't really detect what type of herbs are used...

                  Vendome Cafe
                  940 2 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0E6, CA

                2. ybnormal RE: Love to dine out Jul 30, 2010 01:14 PM

                  Almond croissants - deliciousness confirmed!

                  Apple parcels & pain au chocolat also terrific.

                  3 was my limit though. Want to try the cinnamon twists and gooey buns and pain au raisin next time.

                  Love the 7:30 AM opening time. I would definitely push the almond croissants though - John's description is spot-on.

                  1. Lingcullen RE: Love to dine out Aug 3, 2010 12:28 PM

                    lemon tart and veggie quiche were wicked good! The crust she makes is just fantastic! I will be going back soon =)

                    1. can_i_try_some RE: Love to dine out Aug 24, 2010 10:17 AM

                      Stopped by for a couple pastries on my way back from a run on Saturday morning (balance is the key to life, n'est pas?) from the newest neighbourhood bakery.

                      I'm glad I did.

                      The almond croissants practically jumped out at me as soon as I walked in. Oh. my. goodness. So that's what's been missing in my life.

                      I also couldn't resist the royale. It's a chocolate mousse cake on a chocolate wafer. So light, yet rich and creamy. And such pure chocolate flavour!

                      The drip coffee is decent, made from Cafe Umbria beans out of Seattle. But with Kawa and Chiasso within a couple minutes walk, I'd sooner go there. Hopefully the pastries survive the walk without being prematurely consumed.

                      According to her sister, the owner, Victoria, used to work at Eiffel (RIP), and was co-owner of the well-liked Bistro 2210. So it should come as no surprise that the pastries at Itza Bakeshop are well-executed.

                      On my hit-list for my next visit are a couple of their quiches.

                      It's about two months too late - but welcome to the neighbourhood, Itza Bakeshop!

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                        izzitspam RE: can_i_try_some Nov 18, 2010 10:18 AM

                        Itza Bakery is truly amazing. BUT, with no street frontage, not many people know about them, and they are in danger of going under. And soon. I work two floors up from them, so am really invested in having them stay open. PLEASE PLEASE support them and urge others to use them as well, esp. as the holiday season is coming up. Thanks!

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                          John Manzo RE: izzitspam Mar 5, 2011 03:26 PM

                          I've stopped in several times over the last few weeks and business seems to have really picked up- great to see!

                          Today I had their sausage roll. Beef sausage from Second To None Meats surrounded by too-rich-for-words puff pastry. I got mine fresh from the oven. HEAVEN.

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                        clouie RE: Love to dine out Mar 11, 2011 10:50 AM

                        I've been stopping by recently. I love their breads...so much better than Terra Breads back in Vancity. The chocolate mousse tart is amazing. The quiche was nice and pretty filling. I can't wait to head back this weekend and pick up something else. Prices are pretty good too.

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                          clouie RE: clouie May 12, 2011 11:30 AM

                          Just ate the most amazing dessert. Chocolate mousse on almond crust (sorry, terible description), but man, out of this world and very reasonably priced! I'm going to start ordering my desserts, because it's actually cheaper to get it made there then go and buy all the ingredients.

                        2. Lingcullen RE: Love to dine out May 11, 2011 06:53 PM

                          Stopped into Itza today in hopes of finding some bread for my sausage soup and I did. =) very tasty bread at that. Also walked away with a lemon tart and a banana creme pie tart.

                          The really exciting thing i found there was pizza dough! 2 bucks for some pizza dough, ready to use. Team lazy says this is a very awesome find!

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