October – Lake City Business Profile
La Bohème Bakery: A Touch of Paris
By Janis Clark
Dana Pittini, owner of La Bohème Bakery at 12728 Lake City Way NE, Seattle says, “I am French in my heart. I love everything French, French food, French pastry, French music.” That love of everything French has resulted in Dana creating the most delicate, and delicious French macaron cookies I have ever tasted. Perfection. Light as a feather, gluten free almond flour, French buttercream, several flavors, and only the best ingredients. I confess I ate three before I even arrived home a mile away.
Growing up in Communist Romania, Dana said there were no sweets. “We had to make our own treats.” When Dana came to America in 2001, with her spirit of independence, she decided to bake her own sweets and dreamed of creating a place “where people could meet, and everyone would be comfortable.”
Dana opened La Bohème bakery and coffee shop in December 2018. The name she chose is of course French: La Bohème, an opera written by the Italian composer Puccini based on stories of young bohemian Parisian artists living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. “Like a bohemian,” she smiled, “I follow my own traditions.”
Poets, writers, book clubs, musicians, mothers and children—everyone is welcome. The coffee is wonderful. La Bohème is casual and comfortable with something to satisfy everyone. Breakfast is served all day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Grab a fresh-to-order sandwich to go or come in for brunch and try a vegan croissant with thyme and veggies or panini with prosciutto and greens on homemade focaccia bread. The menu is varied and interesting; everything is baked fresh each morning.
The residents of the Solara Apartments on Lake City Way are lucky to have La Bohème downstairs in their building and Lake City has a bit of Paris in the neighborhood.