The folks at Pavè believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And after breakfast here, you’ll be sure to agree with them – if only for the pastries. There are crostatas (tarts) topped with everything from fresh fruit and chocolate to ganache, almond cream, and soft-burned Italian meringue. There’s frolla al pistacchio, lamponi e tonka, which is a beguiling mix of pistachio paste, raspberry jam and white chocolate tonka flavoured mousse. And for some seriously fruity bang for your buck (read: euro), the La Rossa is a top choice, topped with rich raspberry jam and pushed over the top with some extra raspberry streusel.
There are, of course, all manner of more classic pastries, here made with traditional yeasted italian dough folded in the French fashion. But these are still not your typical treats – croissants are made with candied lemon and poppy seed and brioche could be whole wheat honey or gianduja and ginger. You can even have some savoury brioche if you don’t have a sweet tooth first thing in the morning. And rest assured, the menu of drinks at Pavè is sure to sate any caffeine craving, including artisanal cold and hot teas and expertly brewed coffees.
As the day moves on, Pavè becomes all things to all diners. What felt like a cosy living room in the morning – thanks in large part to the comfy, stylish mismatched furniture – becomes a sleek bistro at lunch and a chic aperitivo spot in the early evening, with moreish menus to match.