Pastry chefs often get short shrift. But it’s impossible to ignore the innovation displayed by Renae Connolly at this Harvard engineer-owned outfit. Inexhaustibly creative, she concocts signature “Tiny Spoons,” fully composed, one-bite versions of seasonal desserts, and designs cocktail-inspired sweets with virtuosic beverage director Todd Maul. La Dolce Vida, her recurring multi-course dessert dinners, highlight extravagant offerings like a Kataifi dough “tree,” frosted in almond snow amid raspberry ice cream stones. Sweet mercy, she’s good.
650 E Kendall St., Cambridge • (857) 999-2193
2014 Winner: Clio
Ken Oringer founded his restaurant empire and garnered early fame with Clio’s meticulously plated, occasionally avant-garde French-influenced fare...
- The Eliot Hotel, 370A Comm. Ave., Boston
- (617) 536-7200
2015 Winner: Liquid Art House
We eat art at this restaurant/gallery hybrid, where pastry chef Giselle Miller does amazing things with a plate as her canvas…...
- 100 Arlington St., Boston
- (617) 457-8130
2017 Winner: Oak + Rowan
Every patron at this Fort Point eatery from the restaurateur behind Newburyport favorites Ceia and Brine leaves marveling at the work of pastry chef Brian Mercury...
- 321 A St., Boston
- (857) 284-7742
2018 Winner: Oleana
- 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge
- (617) 661-0505