It could be called Los Gatos' best hidden secret, that is when speaking about delicious sweet things that satisfy all palates.
Located at 39 No. Santa Cruz Ave., is a patisserie chocolaterie—not a bakery as we were corrected—that opened for business in 2000 by master French pastry chef and chocolatier Pascal Janvier and wife, Nicola.
A recent visit transported us to a Paris pastry shop and left us overjoyed at finally finding a place in the South Bay where one can truly satiate a sweet tooth with any of its award-winning cakes, chocolates and tartelettes.
Perhaps the reason everything we tasted was so delicious and well made is because of Janvier's impressive credentials as a pastry chef who's been working preparing delicious pastries and chocolates since his youth in his native France.
Who has a master's degree in chocolate, pastry and ice cream? No, we're not kidding. Janvier does!
He's been named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in the country by Chocolatier/Pastry Art & Design magazine and he's been inducted into the prestigious Academie Culinaire de France by the late Julia Child.
Among the French pastries being served are croissants, milles-feuilles, also known as "Napoleons;" eclairs, petits-fours, or bite-sized pastries; tartes or shells filled with various fillings that include fruit and custard; cakes and chocolates by the piece or in gift boxes.
The business' hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
The small shop also sells ice cream and sorbets.