April 15, 2024

Located at 36B N. Fountain Ave., Le Torte Dolci, is bringing students off campus to try the new local bakery.

Le Torte Dolci opened back in May, where the co-owners, Lisa and Dan Freeman, worked together to renovate the small space. It is a “European style bakery with an American flair,” where they bake pastries, breads and cakes fresh daily.

Immediately upon entering the bakery, one smells an aroma of the fresh baked goods where the employees greet and help students and locals.

“I think a bakery was a good addition to Springfield and I love seeing local businesses pop up in the area,” Sam Watson, ‘19, said. “The food is absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. I felt rushed when the man worked, but the girl working [Friday] was super friendly and helpful.”

Other students said they had similar reviews and experiences in the bakery.

“I was a little hesitant about Le Torte Dolci but after visiting, I think it’s a great addition to downtown,” Sierrs Sanchez, ‘19, said. “The pastry I had was incredible, and I love that they use local ingredients.”

Ideally located only two doors down from Winans—one of the other popular local off-campus work or study spots— students now can grab a pastry or croissant-like-sandwich to go with their coffee.

Although they offer a variety of different baked goods daily, the limited space in Le Torte Dolci doesn’t give students or locals another work or study space.

Le Torte Dolci only has two two-person tables. The bakery also has a series of European photos on the wall across from the glass case that holds the pastries.

“The atmosphere is small but welcoming,” Jessie Dickson, ‘19, said. “I wish there was more seating inside.”

The menu changes slightly day-by-day, but they have everyday items that are served every day; the flavors may vary though.

Watson also loves that the menu changes slightly day-by-day because it offers a variety of different things and reassures her that all items are made fresh.

Some of these items include: cream horns, cream squares, whoopie pies, macarons, croissants, biscuits and more.

Paige Narciso, ’19, said she had a difficult time deciding what to get when she visited because it all looked good. She loved what she purchased though and can’t wait to go back and try more, she added.

Le Torte Dolci is opened Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you need a break from your studies and have a sweet tooth, be sure give this new business some love.

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