By Debbie Hall

Keeping life sweet and spicy

Assorted CookiesThe life of Chef Megan Romano has been a sweet one; one she shares with everyone in her Chocolate and Spice Bakery.

According to Chef Romano, “Chocolate and Spice Bakery is my vision of a classic, artisan bakery where the smells of fresh-baked pastries, handmade bonbons, truffles coated in cocoa powder, seasonal fruit sorbet, creamy whimsical ice cream, crunchy cookies (and) simply flavorful savories fill the air.”

Choc Dipped Candied Tangerine SilcesHer culinary background includes notable restaurants such as Lespinasse and Charlie Trotter and, while working at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, she won several awards as best pastry chef. Chef Romano also authored “It’s A Sweet Life,” and began to sell her own line of treats online, and to several Las Vegas area cafes. In 2012, the annual Culinary Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association awarded Chef Romano Pastry Chef of the Year. She now devotes herself full time to the venture and new retail space.

“I envision Chocolate and Spice Bakery to be a meeting place for coffee and a light bite on the way to work, for a simple soup and beverage at lunch and for a sweet bite any time of day. The interior is comfortable and casual, with space for gatherings and special occasions,” Romano said.

Stickey Buns, Pannettone, BriocheThe early morning menu includes coffee, breakfast frittatas and pastries. Sandwiches, soups, salads and pasta are also offered along with special items such as ham and Gruyere brioche roll. Cakes, cookies, ice cream and confections as well as individual sweets such as strawberry lemon Napoleon, banana cream pie with honey caramel and chocolate Nutella bombe are featured. Seasonal and new tastes are always being created and specials events are part of Chocolate and Spice Bakery including seasonal cooking classes.

Chocolate and Spice Bakery
7923 W. Sahara, Suite 8
Las Vegas, NV 89117