The best place to get dessert in Fairfield isn’t a restaurant, it’s a little gourmet shop in the center of town called The Pantry. The Pantry is in the tradition of the long gone Mercurio’s Market, but The Pantry easily bests Mercurio’s in service, product, and style. Not only do they offer some of the finest groceries, but they also have a killer deli where, get this, the attendants actually know about the meat and fish and are eager to help customers. But the shining star of The Pantry is the small bakery housed within. The bakery counter presents all manner of treats: pie, tarts, mousse poppers, cookies, cakes, muffins, and more. Everything looks beautiful and delicious and guess what? Everything is delicious! Seriously.
Take for example their key lime pie. This writer isn’t even a fan of key lime, but upon tasting this pie a convert was made. The key lime has a lovely crumbly graham crust with a tangy and sweet lime custard all topped with fresh whipped cream. Eating a slice of this pie is like finding a cool shady spot on a hot and humid day, so good!
The Pantry’s cannoli tart is also a dynamite dessert, and the answer many canoli cream lovers have been awaiting. Basically, it’s a tender but crisp tart shell coated thinly on the inside with chocolate and then filled beyond the brim with cannoli cream and mini chocolate chips. Don’t think for a moment that because The Pantry isn’t a traditional Italian bakery that they can’t make a mean cannoli cream, because they best many local bakeries . . . but that’s the topic of another review. For now, know that their cannoli cream is sweet and luscious and definitely made with fresh ricotta.
The cookies The Pantry produces are things of which childhood dreams are made. Two favorites are the World Peace cookie and the Trail Mix cookie. World Peace is a deep chocolate cookie that is moist on the middle and crisp on the edges and then topped with a surprising dash of salt. This cookie really is so good that it could bring world peace, and the salt on top is amazing with the intense chocolate. It brings the cookie to the next level. The Trail Mix cookie is, put simply, a macaroon with chocolate chips, cherries, seeds, and other trail mix favorites mixed in, however the grand total of these parts is so much more.
The magic of all the desserts The Pantry offers is that each is beautiful, elegant, perfectly executed and delicious without being overly complicated. Their lovely goodies are also uncomplicated in terms of additives, the attendants at the bakery counter are quick to tell customers that the fresh treats are sans fillers and chemicals which puts one at ease as one loads their cart with sweet treats. Visit The Pantry’s website to learn about what they have baked up today: http://www.thepantry.net/index.php/menus/daily-special.