3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Ste. 1004
Duluth, Ga. 30096
Owners: Valentin and Eduardo Hernandez
Open since: September 2015
Location: less than a mile south of the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Duluth Highway/Abbotts Bridge Road (State Route 120)
Hours: from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Atmosphere: Visitors walking into Valentino’s Bakery and cafe in Duluth are in for an international treat as they take in the simple yet brightly decorated small shop with indoor seating.
General manager Paola Teran usually is busy in the kitchen or setting up the front of the shop, which she hopes will maintain a warm, welcoming feeling. Her grandfather Valentin, who has Venezuelan and Italian roots, and her father Eduardo own the tradition European-style and Latin-American artisanal shop. They focus on the flavoring of the food rather than using large amounts of added sugar.
“We’re more than just a bakery; we’re a cafe where everyone can meet for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner a feel like a part of the family,” Teran said.
Elaborate cake displays, cupcakes and other treats designed based on the season are arranged at the storefront window.
But the display case at the counter in the center of the store catches the eye the most, with its freshly made pastries, cookies and other sweets and savory breakfast and lunch items.
Menu: Valentino’s Bakery’s offers sweet and savory menu items that are made by hand and with quality ingredients, Teran said.
“(Chef Valentin) takes prides in everything that he does,” she said. “He makes everything from scratch because that results in a better tasting product, and we don’t use preservatives.”
Clients travel for miles to visit the bakery, which incorporates traditional flavors as well as those found in South America such as coconut, guava, mango, passion fruit, soursop and others.
Valentino’s Bakery is known for its milhojas, stacked layers of puff pastry filled with cream.
The sweet offerings including everything from fruit tarts to eclair-like pastries called profiteroles to macarons, cupcakes, turnovers and more.
On the savory side of the menu are empanadas, known as pastalitos, which are delicate, flaky dough filled with ham and cheese or with chicken, ground beef, cheese or spinach and ricotta.
The pizza focaccia is a hit and comes in single-servings with cheese, spinach and ricotta, and spinach and mozzarella.
Visitors can stop by for ham-filled rolls called cachitos, tuna or sweet rolls, paninis and more.
Valentino’s Bakery is available for catering and creating custom items for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
Something you may not know: The business is named after one of the owners, chef Valentin Hernandez, who has been in the industry for more than 50 years. He started in Venezuela before sharing his talents in the U.S.