Best of Boston

2017 Best Pastry Chef

Renae Connolly, Benedetto

Renae Connolly’s desserts are such exquisite works of refinement and balance, we’ve come to think of her as a real-life Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether you indulge in a wedge of classic torta al limon jazzed up with a bright-pink prickly-pear gel stencil on the plate, or a rustic elderflower granita elegantly surrounded by a sugar lace toile, its sweetness cut with tart poached rhubarb and bright basil meringue, the finale to your Italian feast will be on point.

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