Noted pastry chef and cookbook author Megan Romano (above) has opened Chocolate & Spice Bakery on Sahara Avenue in Summerlin. Romano, a veteran of such venerable restaurants as Aureole, Lespinasse and Charlie Trotter, boasts a strong culinary background that extends far beyond the pastry kitchen.
The concept of Chocolate & Spice began several years ago when Romano began selling her book It’s A Sweet Life and treats such as Chocolate Dipped Candied Oranges online and to several Las Vegas area cafes as she was manning the pastry kitchen at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole. While still at Aureole she was named Best Pastry Chef for 2011 by both Desert Companion and Vegas Seven magazines.
Now, she has expanded the business, devoting herself full-time to the venture and new retail space, allowing people to enjoy her creations without heading to the Strip.
“I envision Chocolate and Spice Bakery to be a meeting place: for coffee and a light bite on the way to work, for a simple soup and beverage at lunch, and for a sweet bite any time of day. The interior is comfortable and casual, with space for gatherings and special occasions,” says Romano. “My dream has been to open a bakery and this setting is the culmination of years of experience in developing a refreshing menu of specialty desserts and hand-crafted chocolate and confections, along with light savory items.”
The early morning menu includes coffee and breakfast frittatas, such as the signature roasted vegetable and parmesan frittata and pastries including a caramel sticky brioche bun. Sandwiches and salads including a vine ripe tomato, watermelon and mozzarella salad or a toasted garlic broccolini and penne pasta will satisfy at nearly any time of day.
Romano’s signature sweets will certainly make Chocolate & Spice a dessert destination. Artisan chocolates, including bon bons, truffles and bark share the stage with ice creams and shakes while tarts, pies and cakes are available for pick up and can be custom ordered to suit any occasion. Highlights include the Romano family recipe banana vanilla bean cream pie, a tequila lime chocolate bar, chocolate chip and tangerine zest cookies, almond rocher with fleur de sel and a dark chocolate truffle cake.
Chocolate & Spice
7293 W Sahara, Suite 8 (at Tenaya, just West of Rainbow)
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7 am – 7 pm