Les Petits Mitrons

by Maggie Battista on March 1, 2010

in Boutique Businesses, Desserts, Featured, France


I attended my first Paris party last week, and arrived with this apple and rhubarb tart from Les Petits Mitrons. (More on that Paris party in another post soon.) I was so enraptured by the crunchy crust, glazed apples and tender rhubarb that I fell in love on the spot. I carefully prepared for its purchase, visiting the shop a few times to ensure I’d find a fresh one on the day of the party. It was lovingly nestled into this pretty pink box.


The tart was so lovely on this delicate plate, provided by the hosts. No one wanted to cut into it, but everyone wanted a bite.


Up close, I admired the glazed apple wedges and bits of still bright red rhubarb, a fruit that tends to lose its color after being cooked. Les Petits Mitrons must use some sort of magic on their tarts because STILL BRIGHT RED.


The tart was one of the last things we cut into that evening. For me, I just wanted to stare at the glorious site.


And as the sun set, the tart remained intact for a few minutes after I snapped this shot. The setting sun granted us permission to finally cut it up into thick wedges. It was very fruity, and not too sweet. The crust was burnt and caramelized, in the best possible way.


Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • http://haveninparis.com Erica

    Glad you liked my favorite tart recommendation. Le Petit Mitron has been one rue Lepic, in Montmartre, for as long as I have been in Paris (over 17 years). In fact, Sammy, the brother of the cute guy who runs the show now, is the one who started it. He moved to San Franscisco and opened the same fabulous shop there! I forget the name, but can find out as I know it is yummy and your SF readers might want to test it out!

    • Elyssa

      Where in San Francisco? What is the name??

  • http://www.perfectlyparis.com Gail

    Thanks for yoru great write up Maggie ! I have shared your link with my clients as I am sure they will love reading it.

  • http://lit-wit.com Kari

    Oh dear! I don’t have a sweet tooth, but this looks (and sounds) like my tart dreams come true! Beautiful.

  • http://www.chezus.com Chez Us

    Beautiful tart! Don't you love French parties? We went to one when we were there a couple years ago – so different then the ones we go to here! Glad to see you adjusting nicely!

  • http://thesisterproject.com/orloff Paige Orloff

    Gorgeous tart. And I'd love it just for the box, even if it wasn't as divine as you describe…May have to add this to my Paris list, which is getting longer and longer by the day…

  • http://www.thesavvybostonian.com/ Jessica Gioglio

    Mmmmm, I want one! If that tart is any indication of the food you're enjoying in Paris, I'm terribly jealous :).

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