Easter week is a great time to check out Pastiche Fine Desserts at 92 Spruce Street in Federal Hill. It is a comfortable and welcoming bakery, with a fire place and a display case full of some incredible looking desserts!
Owners Eileen Collins & Brandt Heckert started by providing restaurants in the Providence area with their homemade desserts. They had such a great response that they decided to open Pastiche in 1983 on Federal Hill, long before the neighborhood became a destination for great food.
With all of the great restaurants now flourishing on Broadway and Atwells, the location couldn’t be more perfect. “Even though parking can sometimes deter people from coming to this area, what’s better than having a great meal, coming in to get some dessert, and taking a nice walk back to your car?” says Amy Foster, the manager of Pastiche. Between the environment, the cakes, tarts and cookies and the friendly staff, it’s a great place to go any time of day, for any occasion.
The overall concept of Pastiche according to Brandt is simple, but he believes it’s what has kept them in business for 30 years. “Being there, having a great product, but most importantly always being consistent.” This means sticking to their core values, buying local whenever possible, and always paying attention to detail and quality. Amy added that it is important for her to hire the right people: a staff that gets along translates into great energy and customer service in the front of the house, which they also cite for their success.
The sitting area was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave. Lucky for me, I got to sample a cake from Pastiches new Spring/Summer menu, which offers lighter desserts like a lemon custard tart or the passion fruit coconut cake, which was the one I got to try. It was a perfect spring dessert, light and not overly sweet, and the passion fruit mousse filling was bright and super-fresh.
Need a dessert for the Easter holiday? Pastiche will have lots of desserts on display, but be sure to call ahead to be safe. Popular items like their beautiful fresh fruit tart always sell out!