Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sweet Empire

As far as I'm concerned, no visit to Melbourne is complete without at least ONE pig-out at one of the fabulous Brunetti cafes. On this trip I swooned about their City Square establishment (above) lingering over one of my favourite cream-filled canneloni.
Canneloni though, are a mere drop in the ocean of Brunetti temptations; and what started as a tiny cake shop on Lygon Street in Carlton a few decades ago, is now showing signs of becoming an empire. Brunetti Cakes began trading at their current Faraday Street location (Carloton) in 1985. The Angele family bought the business in 1991 and it's been expanding ever since. In addition to the Carlton spot, they've opened this stylish new cafe in City Square and another in Camberwell; and, according to their website, they have plans to open in both Singapore and Dubai soon.
Giorgio Angele began his training in Rome when he was 10. In 1956, at the age of 23, he travelled to Australia with the Italian Olympic team as a pastry chef, and was given the opportunity to migrate there after the Olympics. He's been baking up a storm ever since and now the name Brunetti is synonymous with divine, sweet temptations. I love to visit their Pasticcerias as much to photograph the cakes as to eat them. It's a feast for the eyes and the stomach - and that charming Italian service? Unbeatable! To see shots taken previously in their Carlton outlet, click on the name Brunetti in the label line below.

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