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“Flavored malt balls”
Review of Mon Aimee Chocolat

Mon Aimee Chocolat
Ranked #19 of 54 Dessert in Pittsburgh
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42 reviews
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“Flavored malt balls”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Strawberry crème, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate, and a few other flavors. Its just a few of the numerous chocolaty items in this store, but definitely picking up a few (or more) on your visit to this chocolate lover's haven

Visited June 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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“PARIS and PITTSBURGH: A TALE OF TWO (CHOCOLATE) CITIES”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Until a natural gas explosion destroyed it on Valentine's Day earlier this year, Paris' fabled A l'Etoile d'Or, was considered by many to be the world's most delectable chocolate shop. Run by the irrepressible Denise Acabo, it was on many writers' "MUST VISIT" lists, including internationally renowned chocolate expert Davis Liebovitz. It was my favorite chocolate Eden!

Some 4,000 miles away, in the trendy Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have discovered a very much intact chocolate shop that is a noble contender for A l'Etoile d'Or's vacated-by-explosion title of world's best .

Owned by Marc and Phyllis Rosenfield, Mon Aimee Chocolat (eponymously named for their chocolate-astute daughter Amy) is a veritable smorgasbord of products from most of the world's leading fondeurs and cacaofevieres, both the better-known, long established and the nouvelle, rising artisanal producers, both of whom share the common pursuit of chocolate excellence.

Every time that I enter Mon Aimee, I am literally overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of chocolate and chocolate-related products that are displayed, and the global reach of the emporium's offerings. The accessibility to such a diversity of chocolates is a reflection of Amy's extensive global travel to the leading chocolate centers in the U.S. and Europe, and of the close relationships that she maintains with both convential and emergent chocolatiers. The best of the recognizable producers from the usual "hot" chocolate countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy share space with lesser-known producers from unexpected countries including Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Australia.

On my most recent visit, I was pleased to find Christopher Curtin's GOOD AND EVIL chocolate bar. Utilizing recently-discovered-in-the-wild Peruvian Pure Nacional beans and popularized by acclaimed chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, this product is of limited avaialbility and found in only the finest chocolate shops. I was equally pleased to find a selection of 100% cacao content bars from which to choose. Most chocolate emporiums offer little, if anything, above the 85% cacao content mark.

The greatest dilemma that I have whenever I visit Mon Aimee is the process of decision-making: Determining what products to select from the incalculable palette that is spread out before me. With the the helpful assistance of the congenial and knowledgeable staff., my dilemmas have always been most adroitly resolved.

Sadly, my previously favorite chocolate emporium, Paris' A l'Etoile d'Or, is gone. Fortunately, there is, for me, a new #1: Pittsburgh's delightful Mon Aimee. When in the area, I highly recommend a visit for chocolate lovers and those who have not yet fallen under chocolate's enchanting spell. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2014
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