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Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week

Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week

Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week

Strawberry Shortcake at Bar Toma: Sweet of the Week

 

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I like a little pomp and circumstance with my shortcake. For such an innately humble dessert as strawberry shortcake, one rooted in the classics and preconceived expectations, it’s an impressive accomplishment to infuse a little razzle-dazzle. That’s just what happens at Bar Toma, Tony Mantuano’s Mag Mile restaurant that recently reopened following a brief remodel and menu recharge. Now, the restaurant is more casual, upbeat, and fun. The menu is noticeably more playful, featuring things like garlic monkey bread and pasta nachos. That quirky sentiment extends to the dessert program as well, in the form of a stunningly exuberant shortcake.

 

Presented in a jumbo mason jar, the strawberry shortcake at Bar Toma is anything but subtle. It arrives looking like the Fourth of July fireworks, erupting from the serving vessel radiant with colors and textures. The jar features a dangling name tag proclaiming itself as shortcake, in case that wasn’t clear by the surfeit of strawberries and cake chunks exploding all over the plate. The complex layering of various ingredients makes for one of the