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Creme

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on April 3, 2010

Creme CafeCreme cafe is new to Little Italy, offering up the sweetest of treats. Everything is made from scratch and in-house including the gelato. The interior is bright and welcoming with grey and beige stony brick walls and lots of seating space. Their grand opening was about three weeks ago so Creme is still working out the cafe kinks.

I debate ordering a cappuccino ($2.70) but decide upon a single shot of espresso ($1.75) whereas my friend orders a frothy vanilla latte ($2.70). Both provide just the right amount of caffeine with a nice, clean presentation. Creme uses Illy dark roast Italian beans and doesn't charge extra for soy or specialty milk.

GelatoCreme offers a variety of dessert options and plenty of mousses, all made with real cream. Items like the blueberry lemon cake ($15.99) looked delicious as well as the many flavours of homemade gelato ($3.50). It's difficult to choose but I try a mocha chocolate mousse ($4.75). The dark chocolate outer layer is rich and creamy and the inside is a mix of fluffy mousse with a little added cake.

The truffles ($1.75) are a great choice to pair with a coffee to get that little sweet fix without having to commit to an entire dessert. We try raspberry white Belgian chocolate, pineapple chocolate, and Belgian white mocha chocolate truffles as our testers. Creme also offers many different specialty pastry desserts as well as catering. Customers can come in and order a cake and receive it within 12 hours.

Creme CollegeCreme has a few different pastry chefs all said to be some of the best in Toronto. I meet pastry chef Allan Davis who explains that his desserts are either sugar free or 80% reduced sugar. Without resorting to artificial sweeteners, he sweetens his desserts with chocolate, cheese, fruit or birch syrup. He says the desserts fall into the category of neo-classical and traditional, but with a modern presentation. This information helps me feel a little less guilty about indulging.

The people working there are super friendly, and are trying their best to provide great customer service to their new clientele. They insist that each week there will be more things happening and new developments. While there isn't WiFi, they will definitely be installing it soon. There is also talk about having live acoustic music during the evenings and they're also looking for some art to be used on consignment.

Creme is open from 11a.m - 11p.m Monday to Wednesday and Sunday. From Thursday-Saturday they're open until midnight.

I know I'm curious to go back and see the exciting changes and developments over the next couple of weeks, or maybe I just want another truffle.

Creme Toronto

Photos by Stefania Sgambelluri

Discussion

12 Comments

Richard S / April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am
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I hate how the site layout means its two clicks to get to a review.

Anyways, its interesting to hear about the reduced sugar without being replaced by the fake sweetener garbage.
kd / April 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm
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I really like the sugar-free and reduced-sugar dessert ideas too!

Amanda - Can you specify (or find out) which items have those options?
Sharon / April 5, 2010 at 06:41 pm
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I agree, it is VERY annoying that you have to click twice to get to the reviews. So pointless. Obviously if I click 'read more' on the home page, I want to read the whole review...
over here / April 5, 2010 at 09:31 pm
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I'll jump in on this hate-fest. My time is too valuable for the second click.
Nigel replying to a comment from Richard S / April 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm
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I hate how you can't distinguish between its and it's.
Gloria / April 7, 2010 at 01:43 pm
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Intriguing about the reduced/no-sugar. My mother doesn't like a lot of sugar; she'd love a Western-style bakery that does this.
Jitterjunk Jefferson / April 9, 2010 at 01:27 pm
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you mean Crema? too close to be interesting or taken seriously.
mondayjane / April 9, 2010 at 07:26 pm
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no address listed for this cafe.
Not a review / April 12, 2010 at 07:00 pm
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This isn't a review, it's another one of those lame fluff piece 'profiles' that blogTO seem to be trending towards. It's a good way to drum up advertising in the short term, but blogTO is playing with fire.
JM / May 11, 2010 at 02:31 pm
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The place looks pretty nice inside, and the job they did on the store-front isn't bad, until you walk by at night when a tacky neon sign which reads "Gelato" (or maybe "Italian Gelato") in big block letters just above the store-front becomes impossible to miss. There may or may not be a flashing element. Subtlety is a lost art.

Also, just saw the PreGel logo on the gelato signs. If you are going to use pre-made mixes for your gelato (as most places in the city do), at least try a little bit to hide it.
sandy / December 4, 2010 at 07:01 pm
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Coffee is ok. All the truffles have liquor in them, which I hate. and the desserts are not made on the premise and are tacky looking. Don't even get me started in on the plastic wedding cakes in the back. This store seems like it was picked out of a franchaise how to book or something
Jack / April 6, 2011 at 09:38 pm
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Can't believe I found this blog. I'm actually a local at Little italy, and I must say this is one of my favorite places for desserts.
The place is actually quite nice. I'm just not a fan of chocolate tho. The gelato and cakes are awesome.

Most of their cakes are actually homemade. However, as a fan of cakes, I've never seen the rest appear in any other stores, which is a big plus.
Their cakes taste above average, and not too sweet. I've purchased 2 bd cakes from there before. Their Rocher and Symphony cakes are godly. My friends and I were amazed.
Their price could be higher really. I guess they're still inexpensive cause they are new.

And i like how some of their individual portions are so small and cheap (under $1 something). Can try variety and feel less guilty :)

What I don't like about this place is that there's no hot food, like its competitors. No special drinks either.
But that hot cashier said these will appear before summer, which means very soon.

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