We are a little behind on this but we stopped into the new Aria Bakery around the time they first opened. They are located in Normandie Center and offer fresh daily-baked global delicacies mainly Persian breads and pastries.
6476 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67206
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 7pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 4pm
Closed on Monday
Although there wasn’t much seating available inside the storefront, it’s easily a place you could grab your treats and go.
There was a big focus on the bread. That was the star of the show as advertised by Aria Bakery. Most of the treats ranged in the $1-2 range which made it very affordable. Since it was so cheap, we purchased a little bit of everything.
They didn’t have labels on everything so I’m probably butchering the spelling of the names but we had: Rollet, Caramel, Cream Roll, Zapan, Bocha, Fouman, Baklava, and Simit.
So how was everything?
If you’re really big into sweets, this might be a little different for you. Of everything we had, the caramel was the only sweet item we had which was really good. The cream roll had some cream in it but it wasn’t as sweet as what most consumers are probably used to.
Many of the breads were more dense. I’m not sure if that was by design as Persian breads and pastries could be made that way. At the same time, I’m not sure if they use less sugars in their sweet treats. It’s a type of food I had for my first time and an completely unfamiliar with. It’s like how Italian and Chinese food is really different here in the states than it is in the native countries. Even the baklava was different than what you’ll find in Mediterranean restaurants. I asked the lady at the counter about that and she mentioned the way they make baklava is less sweet than what most people know.
Since I’ve never had Persian delicacies before, I’ve never been educated on how they are made and what makes it different. So if you decide to give it a try, just be aware for something different than a Panera or a Great Harvest.
There were definitely some things we liked such as the caramel and baklava but the other stuff was starkly different than what we were expecting. A totally new experience to us that our taste buds weren’t used to after years of being conditioned to view desserts and pastries.
I’ll add this though, the ladies working there were incredibly sweet. They explained everything to us and were very willing to share their story on what was what; extremely down to earth.
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