Buttering up Omaha

A new, delicious bakery open up in the streets of downtown


Annalise Smalley

The container is full of delicious and beautiful crafted desserts. This includes cakes, pastries and tarts.

Annalise Smalley, Staff Reporter

Baking has been around for centuries. New flavors, flour and sugar alternatives and healthier options for baked goods have been added throughout the years. This year, Tina, the owner of Vitale Omaha, hopes to bring back the essential ingredients of dessert such as butter, sugar and eggs to show that desserts don’t need to be changed.

The opening to Vitale Omaha, a new bakery in Omaha. It located in a wonderful location with lots of old buildings and surroundings.

Opening on January 13th, 2020, Vitale Omaha came to the streets of downtown. The restaurant picked a cute little building located off of 11th and Jackson street and specializes in beautifully handcrafted desserts, homemade loaves of bread and breakfast pastries. 

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maha offers various options of desserts, such as Pesche con Crema, which is two butter cake cookies formed into a peach-like structure with peach preserves. They also offer Black Forest Cake, a chocolate buttermilk cake with tart red cherries on it. When getting the desserts, each customer has an edible chocolate coin shaped garnish. 

They make a special bread of the day handmade at the restaurant, and they use that bread to make their deli sandwiches that change each day. They make delicious pastries such as an Apple Turnover, which is pie dough with apple preservatives in it. They also serve an almond, plain or chocolate Croissant. 

After hearing about a beautiful bakery that would be opened up, I decided to go check it out.

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The chocolate croissant. It is full of butter, flour and delicious flavors.

Driving up, I was in awe of the cute, blue sign with two birds painted on it that said: “life is sweet.” The inside contained a see-through glass container filled with desserts and pastries. 

Walking in, I was consumed by the smell of sugar, cakes and fresh-baked bread. It was hard to choose what I would eat. Luckily, I came with a friend, so we each got a dessert and a breakfast pastry to try. 

After much deliberating, I decided to go with a Chocolate Croissant for $3.50 and the Chocolate Dome for $7.25. The Chocolate Croissant was a buttery, flaky croissant with two chocolate sticks stuck inside. It was drizzled with chocolate on top. The Chocolate Dome was a praline mousse parfait with hazelnut and dark chocolate mousse. It was then covered in a chocolate glaze to give it a mirror-like look. 

My friend chose the Chocolate Croissant and a Fresh Fruit Tart for $7.50. The Fresh Fruit Tart was a buttery pie crust with apricot preservatives in the crust. Inside of it was a vanilla bean pastry cream and topped on it was fresh fruit that included kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and oranges. 

A downside to this bakery was there was no seating, it was more of a buy and go restaurant. We had to eat in my car, but it was delicious and well worth the trip to get the food. 

The Chocolate Croissant was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. My first bite into it, it seemed to melt on my tongue and crumbled at the first bite. The chocolate was creamy and not too hard or too soft, but perfect to bite into. The croissant would have been delicious being plain, but the chocolate added an extra flavor to it and made my taste buds dance as I continued to eat it. 

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The Chocolate Dome, a hazelnut cake covered in chocolate to give it a mirror look. At the touch, it is melty and full of rich chocolate.

The Chocolate Dome was a fantastic dessert. Cutting into it with a fork, I was greeted by a melted chocolate surface and a light brown cream inside. Biting into it, it melted in my mouth and tasted of Heaven, and my taste buds were delighted. The hazelnut added a unique nutty flavor to the Mousse. I have had this kind of cake before, but never with hazelnut. I thought it was a fantastic add on.

My most favorite thing of the items that my friend and I got was the Fresh Fruit Tart. It was a little hard to cut into, but it was well worth the hard work. The crust was perfectly cooked, and with the vanilla bean creme, it danced on my tongue. The fruit was very fresh, and it was easy to tell it was not from a frozen bag. My favorite bite that I took was the bite with the kiwi as it had the most juice and the best flavor. On both of the desserts that I got, they had the chocolate coin. I tried the chocolate coin, and though it was edible, it was not something I would recommend eating as it didn’t taste as good as the desserts.

Overall this place is a fantastic bakery, and they have beautifully-crafted desserts that taste just as good as they look. I’d recommend this place to anyone that has a sweet tooth, someone who is interested in baking or looking for a new place to try in Omaha.

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The fresh fruit tart. A tart full of vanilla bean cream and fresh fruit on top. It was handmade by the bakers in Vitale and was my most favorite item I tried.