Were we missing Parisian sweets in Milan? Well of course we were! It’s a good thing that Christophe Adam, creator and pastry chef of L’Éclair de Génie, thought so as well. As such, he decided to bring his savoir faire – already a huge hit in Paris and in Asia – from the Marais to our city, more precisely to the Lanza area at 55 corso Garibaldi and to the Navigli area along corso di Porta Ticinese. This last store is the biggest of the two, and even houses a laboratory.
But let’s get to the point: how are these famous French pastries? A true delight, ça va sans dire. The éclair (in French, an éclair is a “lightning bolt”, and implies that one eats an éclair quite rapidly) is nothing more than a long and delicious pastry, with a cream filling and a glazed topping. It is garnished with pretty much anything you can imagine. From caramel and salted butter to Grand Cru chocolate. My favourites? The éclair with pistachio and raspberry and the yuzu lemon one. In the two Italian stores you will also find a delicious special edition éclair dedicated to the city of Milan. Aside from the many éclairs there are also the chouglacés, a concoction with a fluffy choux pastry base complete with gelato, six different toppings and a bunch of pralines.
It is also possible to purchase a few prepackaged products in the store, such as caramelized hazelnuts, caramel in a tube, chocolate bars, creamy and delicious spreads, chocolate and even little chocolate soaps!
The prices? Pretty steep: between 4.50 and 6 euros for an éclair!
Are you curious to try them? Here are a few pictures for you!
L’ÉCLAIR DE GÉNIE
Corso Garibaldi 55 | Corso di Porta Ticinese 76, Milan
+39 02 49532580| + 39 02 83425550
Open everyday of the week except on Monday (see opening hours on their website)
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Kelsey Rivett.