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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