Amore Bakery and Café Adds Charm to Old Gretna

It was early December (and my birthday) when I first came across the most delightful new addition to old Gretna. Amore Bakery and Café, located at 307 Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna has all the charm of a French café or an Italian gelateria.

When I first walked in, I felt as if I had been transported to Europe- a large window in the front to let in the light, lovely marble arches framing the shop, marble tables and a glass case full of goodies that welcome you to partake.

Amore Bakery and Café didn’t just happen overnight. This was the longtime dream of pastry chef Sage Spicuzza and her mother, and owner of Amore Bakery and Café, Bonnie Pecot. It wasn’t until they were driving through old Gretna, and happened to see the building for sale, that they were able to turn the dream into a reality. It wasn’t easy- they literally had to start from the ground up, and with the help of daughters Sage Spicuzza and Calli Boullosa-Hern, Bonnie was able to transform a former bar into a delightful café that is welcoming to everyone who passes by.

When you walk through the doors, you have a selection of tasty French and Italian delights to choose from: croissants, tarts, lemon turnovers, cupcakes, cookies and Danish, just to name a few. Sage told me that two treats that they are really proud of is their tiramisu and their Crème brûlée. Both are made in-house by Sage and are sure to make your mouth water. One thing that really excited me about the café  was their wide selection of gelato, courtesy of none other than Angelo Brocato. That’s right, now Angelo Brocato’s famous New Orleans gelato is available in your own backyard. I, for one, am looking forward to treating myself to delicious gelato on a hot summer’s day.

If you are just in the mood for a delicious cup of coffee or tea, that’s something else that Amore specializes in. Along with a classic cup of Coast Roast coffee or a café au lait, you can order a delicious frappe, espresso, cappuccino, affogato (rich espresso over creamy vanilla bean gelato) or chai or green tea. Sage studied at the Seattle Barista Academy, so she definitely knows her way around a cup of coffee and she is excited to share her knowledge with you.

One of the things that I have really enjoyed, when I have visited the shop, has been a frappe with a Chantilly lace cupcake. Topped with fresh cream and fruit, this cupcake is perfect if you are in the mood for something sweet, but not too overwhelming. The atmosphere is relaxing and I usually find a spot next to the window, so that I can watch the activity out on the street while enjoying my dessert. Amore Bakery and Café is kind enough to offer free WiFi, so don’t be surprised if you see a few people on laptops, getting some work done on a lovely afternoon in the café. I love that the shop is decorated for each holiday- I was delighted by the life size nutcracker that stood guard outside during the Christmas season, and the banners hung for Mardi Gras got me in the mood for parades. Amore is a wonderful addition to the Westbank and I am so excited that Bonnie and her daughters chose to open such a charming spot in a perfect section of old Gretna.

Amore Bakery and Café welcomes you to visit Tuesday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The café can be reached at 322-2122.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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