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Oh Là Là, Fleur de Cocoa!

In business since 2000, this downtown Los Gatos patisserie chocolaterie will not disappoint you.

It could be called Los Gatos' best hidden secret, that is when speaking about delicious sweet things that satisfy all palates.

Located at 39 No. Santa Cruz Ave., is a patisserie chocolaterie—not a bakery as we were corrected—that opened for business in 2000 by master French pastry chef and chocolatier Pascal Janvier and wife, Nicola.

A recent visit transported us to a Paris pastry shop and left us overjoyed at finally finding a place in the South Bay where one can truly satiate a sweet tooth with any of its award-winning cakes, chocolates and tartelettes.

Perhaps the reason everything we tasted was so delicious and well made is because of Janvier's impressive credentials as a pastry chef who's been working preparing delicious pastries and chocolates since his youth in his native France.

Who has a master's degree in chocolate, pastry and ice cream? No, we're not kidding. Janvier does!

He's been named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in the country by Chocolatier/Pastry Art & Design magazine and he's been inducted into the prestigious Academie Culinaire de France by the late Julia Child.

Among the French pastries being served are croissants, milles-feuilles, also known as "Napoleons;" eclairs, petits-fours, or bite-sized pastries; tartes or shells filled with various fillings that include fruit and custard; cakes and chocolates by the piece or in gift boxes.

The business' hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

The small shop also sells ice cream and sorbets.

Larry Arzie July 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
His attention to quality, presentation and of course taste is what makes for 3 star ratings. Alas, we have so few places of this character in Los Gatos, but a reputation for so much more.
Kit Menkin July 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Don't forget the croissants. It's like being in France, again.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh July 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Each pastry is like a little work of art-and delicious too!
Curtis Wright July 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You MUST try the Buche de Noel at Christmas time. WOW. And the hot chocolate is like being in Paris, the only semblance between it and what we have here is the name.
Leslie Alexander July 15, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Something should also be said about their delicious sandwiches and the tomato soup in puff pastry dough is to die for!

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