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Georgetown Gets a New Family Bakery That’s Having a Fine Time With Phyllo

Eater logo Eater 5 days ago Adele Chapin
a half eaten donut: A selection of sweets from the La Jolie Bleue in Georgetown © Adele Chapin/For Eater D.C. A selection of sweets from the La Jolie Bleue in Georgetown

Gelato has returned to the Georgetown building that housed the original Dolcezza. The newest business in the storefront at 560 Wisconsin Avenue NW is family-owned bakery that sells both savory and sweet pastries alongside smoothies and scoops from Villa Dolce Gelato to combat the heat.

La Jolie Bleue opened in July in Dolcezza’s longtime former home, which most recently underwent a brief stint as a fast-casual Indian restaurant.

Step into the window-filled storefront, and La Jolie Bleue owner Tahar Slimani is likely to offer a sample of one of the shop’s thirst-quenching green smoothies or icy strawberry drinks. A pastry case is full of desserts including biscotti, kataif (shredded phyllo), baklava, almond cake, almond cookies, French shortbread sablé, and kalbelouz (“almond hearts” cookie).

a display in a store filled with lots of food: A pastry case holds biscotti and kataif © Adele Chapin/For Eater D.C. A pastry case holds biscotti and kataif
The pastry case.
a clock sitting in front of a brick building: The front entrance © Adele Chapin/For Eater D.C. The front entrance
The bakery used to house the original Dolcezza

A phyllo pastry stuffed with shredded chicken, fresh mushroom, onions, tomatoes, and pecorino and Romano cheese is a hearty lunch. There’s also spanakopita and savory pastries stuffed with ground lamb and beef.

The bakery is the first physical location for Slimani and his family, who’ve set up shop at Eastern Market for the past six years and sold baked goods other local farmers markets.

“Working in a farmers market is not easy,” Slimani says. “You go there and it’s raining, you go home.”

Slimani got interested in the restaurant trade back when he was a student learning from his uncle, who had a hotel, pub, and restaurant in France near the English Channel. In D.C., he and his wife started selling cookies at farmers markets on the side, and the business grew from there. Today, the whole family, including their three children, is helping out.

a slice of pizza on a grill: Rectangular, savory pastries in a case at La Jolie Bleue © Adele Chapin/Eater D.C. Rectangular, savory pastries in a case at La Jolie Bleue
Savory pastries at La Jolie Bleue

La Jolie Bleue has been open for about a month, transforming the storefront and upstairs dining room into a Mediterranean blue-hued escape.

Slimani is adding menu items slowly, preparing for a time when Georgetown students go back to school and neighborhood families return from their August vacations. Soon, a menu of sandwiches and paninis will greet visitors too — with plans to bring in gluten-free items from Happy Tart in Falls Church and fall-ready soups like Turkish lentil and Italian farmer soup.

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