What’s the difference between galettes and crostatas? The free-form pastries are actually the same thing, but the former term is French, while the latter is the Italian. The easy and elegant pastries feature a round of rolled out dough with fruit or savory components piled at the center and the edges folded in to create a crust. Here are a few of our favorite tart-like treats to enjoy.
Iron Gate, Washington, D.C.
Celebrate summer with this breezy crostata. Strawberries and rhubarb get an herbaceous accent thanks to some celery seed. The beaut of a baked good gets finished off with a bouquet of edible flowers. Make a reservation at Iron Gate.
Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Miami, Florida
As the seasons change, so does this galette. Pastry comes piled with whichever fruit is freshest. No matter what time of year though, it always arrives with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Make a reservation at Big Easy Winebar & Grill.
Honey Salt, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Now you can have a galette for breakfast. The morning glory features cream sauce, spinach, mushrooms, Berkshire ham, Gruyere cheese, and scrambled eggs. Everything you need to kick-off your day. Make a reservation at Honey Salt.
District Distilling Co. RESTAURANT, Washington, D.C.
Local blueberries and a generous schmear of almond frangipane star in this good-looking galette. It’s sprinkled with Demerara sugar to add crunch and another smack of sweetness. A scoop of vanilla gelato arrives on the side. Make a reservation at District Distilling Co. RESTAURANT.
Wrigley Mansion – Geordie’s, Phoenix, Arizona
Mmm…arvelous! The apricot galette hides a layer of frangipane to complete the fruit’s bright sweetness. A swipe of caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream arrive on the side. Make a reservation at Wrigley Mansion – Geordie’s.
Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern, Stony Brook, New York
No bagel required! This galette features smoked salmon twirled atop a pastry crust. It’s complemented by bangles of Vidalia onion and parsley oil. Make a reservation at Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern.
Cinghiale, Baltimore, Maryland
Local strawberries from Maryland’s Eastern Shore star in this winning crostata. The jammy center is supported by a butter-rich, rustic crust. It’s a true taste of the season. Make a reservation at Cinghiale.
The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, New York
Strawberry and rhubarb are the perfect complement to each other. Sweet yin to tangy yang. The delicious duo is topped with crumbled and whipped crème frâiche. Make a reservation at the North Fork Table & Inn.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Grove Bay Photography (Big Easy); Bill Milne (Honey Salt); Debby Wolvos (Geordie’s).