Out went the ice cream (and ice cream cakes).
In comes pie.
Soon, we’ll join Norwalk with the opportunity to buy lemon lime pie. Tiramisu pie. Twisted citrus blackberry pie. Maple pumpkin pie with a pecan streusel. Caramel pecan chocolate pie.
Also chicken pot pies. And Australian beef pies.
Not to mention handmade cookies, tea breads, pastries, cheesecakes, muffins, coffee, cappucino and espresso.
national downtown nightmare is over.
Owner Michele Albano uses only fresh seasonal fruit — nothing canned or frozen. Even the pumpkins are puréed by her staff.
Michele’s grandmother taught her to bake. Her creations remind people of their own grandmothers’ pies. At least, that’s what the website says — and would a pie-baker lie?
In high school Michele sold her pies locally. She founded her business in her Killington condo in 2006. Her pies quickly earned a following at farmer’s markets and craft shows in Vermont and Fairfield County.
In 2007 Michele competed in her first National Pie Championship. She won 1st prize in the coveted “commercial nut” category, for her chocolate pecan bourbon pie.
When demand outgrew her Killington kitchen, she headed to the big city: Norwalk. Her Main Avenue location was an instant hit — but Michele did not grow too big for her toque. She was there every day behind the counter, serving customers.
She began selling to local outlets — Oscar’s is a customer — but now she’s ready to expand to a Westport location.
Perhaps Michele has a baked manicotti pie up her sleeve. Or a lasagna Bolognese pie.
All with fresh, seasonal tomatoes, of course.