Armenian natives David and Rose Kouyoumjian met in France almost 30 years ago and were engaged two days later. David has lived in the U.S. 42 years and moved to Arizona from Massachusetts. Luckily for Glendale and lovers of pastries, they decided 2½ years ago to open a bakery and sandwich shop on Bell Road. The Kouyoumjians do all the baking, from pastries to the breads used for their sandwiches. The sandwiches are hefty, like David himself (he blames his great food), so beware you don’t overdo it before you get to the pastries. You’ll kick yourself.
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While customers can certainly walk in to try some of the delicious and generous sandwiches that the cafe portion provides, customers often tend to be far more interested in the award winning bakery. It was voted the Best Phoenix Bakery in 2013 by Phoenix New Times and Barbara Yost of USA Today said that “European Bakery Serves Tiers of Joy.” These reviews should help entice anyone to come and try the treats.
European Bakery and Cafe is a family owned and operated cafe that dedicates itself to using the highest quality ingredients to bake some delicious treats. They make everything including cakes, pastries, breads, cookies, and more. These desserts are all made by hand according to recipes and techniques of the old European way. They want each customer who comes to enjoy something sweet to leave with a smile on their face. Customers find the service friendly and welcoming when they walk into the little cafe. While the interior is small, there are places to sit and enjoy those delicious treats.
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You’ll find all kinds of breathtaking little sweets here, including cookies, strudels and rolled desserts. But we zero in on the French-style petite cakes in several varieties, from fruit to chocolate to cream-filled ($2.79-$3.79 each). The bakery also sells artisan breads, including European white, whole grain, multigrain, rye, pumpernickel, sourdough and Italian ($2.69-$3.19 a loaf).
This family-owned bakery, from Armenian natives David and Rose Kouyoumjian, may have a West Valley address, but thanks to pastries from France, Armenia, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Hungary, the scene’s a sweetly international one. When the Kouyoumjians aren’t busy filling bakery cases with a colorful display of delicate tiered cakes, fruit-filled strudels, and crunchy cookies, they’re making loaves of fresh bread or packing premium cheeses, meats, and veggies into more than 10 kinds of massive sandwiches that won’t leave customers from any country going home hungry.