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“fantastic cakes and pastries, with uncompromising quality”

Giancarlo Fine European Pastries
Ranked #2 of 5 Bakeries in Staunton
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

My mom is a huge dessert snob. She is the type of person who will gladly skip dinner if it means having the perfect chocolate mousse cake of French pastry. So, when I decided to take her and my dad to Staunton for a birthday weekend, I started to look around for good pastry shops in the area. Giancario's came up on Tripadvisor with stellar reviews, so I decided to give this little shop a try. The shop is run out of the back of Mr. Giancario and his wife, Jane's, home. Jane and I discussed at length what type of cake to surprise my parenst with, and in the end I decided to buy two small ones because I couldn't decide between them. The first cake was a diplomate mousse with raspberries, a bit of orange liqueur, and a think chocolate ganache top; the second cake was a hazelnut buttercream with a bit of apricot.

The cakes were superb. Moist, flavorful, rich, beautifully decorated... my mom was so thrilled that the next day she insisted we go back to the pastry shop, where we had a lunch of about 8 different types of pastries. Truly, every single one was delicious... not a bad one in the bunch.

Giancario himself is also so wonderful. He is clearly passionate about his craft, and considers pastry making a serious art. He takes so much care with his ingredients, method, and preparation, that it's no wonder he receives consistently high reviews.

Do yourself a favor, and make the slight detour from downtown to try Giancario's. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Reviewed 26 October 2015

It's all in the quality ingredients, which can be tasted with every bite. This is a tiny bakery, tucked into a residential neighborhood and accessible via the alley behind the owner's house. Be sure to take home one of everything: you won't be able to pick a favorite! They are open only on Friday and Saturday, but do special orders that can be picked up on other days of the week. Giancarlo also does chocolates, so don't miss this for your next special event, wedding, holiday party ... you will get raves from your friends. Best kept secret in Virginia. No kidding.

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1  Thank marchhare355
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

An absolute treasure, tucked away in a residential neighborhood. The pastries are to die for. Giancarlo bakes with love!

2  Thank Howard S
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

The place to go for desserts. Everything here is full of flavor but not too sweet. This is a place where the treats taste as good as they look. Giancarlo and Jane work hard to make each customer happy.

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2  Thank Purplepix9
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Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Giancarlo never disappoints! His pastries and cakes are not only gorgeous, but they are soooo delectable! He's so sweet as well.

2  Thank antiquerStaunton_VA
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