It’s difficult to resist the charms (or the croissants) of Madeleine Bakery & Bistro. Nestled into a small storefront in tree-lined Regent Square, the bakery’s menu is focused on the straightforward, yet labor-intensive, beauty of classic French pâtisserie.
Andrew and Abigail Stump opened Madeleine in the winter of 2017, after they both had worked in the service industry for many years. Andrew, who had been working as a baker at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill, wanted to create a community bakery that would be a long-lasting part of neighborhood daily life.
“I see children coming in with their parents and I like to think about them bringing their own families back some day,” says Andrew.
This romantic vision is accompanied by a razor-sharp focus on using excellent ingredients in classic French preparations.
“We love the French aesthetic; the cuisine, the history, the cafe culture,” says Andrew. “It was important to us that we have a vision and focus on that.”
The small cafe is simply appointed. Bread rests on wooden shelves below a collection of cookbooks. A glass case is filled with whatever goods were made that morning. A large butcher block counter, brass embellishments, a few small oil paintings and fresh flowers provide the only other decor.
As Madeleine’s first wholesale account, Adda has helped the bakery share its delights with Pittsburgh. Whether it’s bouchons, scones, cookies or madeleines made for Adda’s High Tea, Adda guests can enjoy a small transportative moment through one of these treats. By working with Madeleine, we’re able to bring yet another global culinary tradition inside Adda’s walls.