At Caffe Falai, the Strawberry Tart ($6) may be petite, but the flavors and quality make it worth every penny. The tart shell is equal parts flaky and buttery, with a light crunch and always a perfect golden brown, with just a lick of vanilla bean pastry cream tucked in the center. It's covered with fresh whipped cream and a crown of halved strawberries, lightly glazed over and finished in toasted pistachios. A prime example of how simplicity is indeed best. In prime summer months, they also do a blueberry version, but I'm still partial to the strawberry—a classic.
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