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Local bakery provides fresh, delectable eats to Little Rock

Submitted by Rachel Wright on September 24, 2013 – 2:18 pmNo Comment

Rosalia’s Family Bakery, a new staple of one of Little Rock’s hippest neighborhoods, offers a selection of irresistible, delectable treats one can’t find anywhere else.

The business is not the first venture for Don and Rosalia Monroe, who had considerable success with Cafe Bossa Nova in Little Rock’s Hillcrest district. After their restaurant became known for its well-received cheese bread, the duo took it upon themselves to open a small operation adjacent from their veteran restaurant. Since its opening in 2011, the bakery has seen considerable success with its cakes, pastries, imported coffees and daily production of fine, homemade breads.

When I walked into Rosalia’s, I came upon a glass case filled to the brim with assorted treats. For an instant my eyes glazed over, not unlike the strawberries on top of Rosalia’s well-known “Chocolate Cream Cup.” The helpful man behind the counter, who later revealed himself as cake decorator Ian Parker, recommended the “Four Layer Pie” – a graham cracker and crushed walnut crust under vanilla custard, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream topped with chocolate shavings. Upon additional recommedations, we ended up getting six different slices of cake along with an iced chai latte and a Cafezinho coffee.

The Tiramisu Coffee Cake, a light and fluffy dessert dusted with cocoa powder, was perfectly matched with the Cafezinho, a Brazilian coffee blended with milk served in an espresso cup. The Kahlua Cake, a pastry infused with the famous coffee-flavored rum, also complemented the caramel cone, a flakey pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar. Another great selection was the “Gourmet Swiss Roll,” a  cake wrapped around whipped cream and a strawberry filling with a rich, delicious cocoa taste.

Monroe said the majority of her ingredients are imported from Brazil to give her customers a real taste of her home country. The bakery also reflects this idea, the walls decorated with pictures of Brazil as well as items for purchases, such as organic coffee beans, syrups and chocolate biscuits. The atmosphere, perfect for a cake-and-coffee break, features incandescent light and free Wi-Fi, providing an enjoyable feel for cafe customers.

Rosalia’s Bakery is located at 2701 Kavanaugh in Little Rock. The cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:oo p.m.

More information is available by calling Rosalia’s Bakery at (501) 319-7035.

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