Treats with a Twist
When your sweet tooth demands satisfaction, give it a dose of something unexpected—courtesy of these two new dessert spots.
Strange Donuts, coming soon to Maplewood, specializes in creative takes on the holey dessert. Owners Corey Smale, Tyler Fenwick and baker Will Bommarito draw inspiration from novelty donut shops across the country, and plan to debut six classic donuts and six unique creations every week. They hint at flavors like red velvet, Twinkie and bacon, among others—and are already taking part in collaborative events like a '90s-inspired Pog invitational at the Post and a Strange Beers gathering at Perennial Artisan Ales. 2709 Sutton Blvd., strangedonuts.com.
Fresh to The Loop, Piccione Pastry offers up single-serving portions of Italian desserts, just a few doors down from Pin-Up Bowl and The Pageant. It's a passion project by Richard Nix, Jr., owner of Butler's Pantry Catering and Events, inspired by his grandmother—a longtime business owner in the area. Under Executive Pastry Chef Martin Lopez, the shop serves fresh, homemade variations on traditional Italian treats like cannoli, tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake. 6197 Delmar Blvd., piccionepastry.com.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Piccione Pastry