As someone who considers chocolate to be among the major food groups, I was excited to visit Mozart's Restaurant, Bakery and Piano Cafe and sample their famous desserts. Convincing my daughter to join me wasn't too hard either.

THE MOM SAYS

As someone who considers chocolate to be among the major food groups, I was excited to visit Mozart's Restaurant, Bakery and Piano Cafe and sample their famous desserts. Convincing my daughter to join me wasn't too hard either.

Located on High Street in Clintonville, Mozart's is part restaurant and part bakery, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The first thing we noticed when we walked in was the extensive display of pastries and confections just inside the main doors. Even before seeing the menu, we knew we would need to save room.

The restaurant has an old European charm, with lots of dark woodwork, arched doorways and an ornate tiled ceiling. Our table was also right next to the piano, which turned out to be a big plus for us. While we waited for our lunch, Mozart's pianist, Mark Werling, entertained us with a selection of songs from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.

Mozart's menu offers a healthy selection of sandwiches and salads for lunch, and their breakfast sandwiches, quiches and omelets can be ordered throughout the day. I selected the cranberry chicken salad sandwich ($9.49). The European rye bread was exceptionally flavorful, and the addition of cranberries to the chicken salad gave it a slightly sweet flavor, a nice complement to the tanginess of the mayonnaise. The fresh-brewed berry iced tea, accented with blueberries and strawberries in the glass, was a refreshing change from bottled teas.

For dessert, our server recommended we order directly from the bakery counter. The range of pastries, cookies and tortes is impressive. I chose the Chocolate Mousse Torte ($4), which layers chocolate cake and rich chocolate mousse with a raspberry filling and whipped cream icing. I'd recommend it highly to any chocolate lover looking for a decadent treat.

While the desserts were definitely the main attraction at Mozart's, my daughter and I were both happily surprised by the quality of the entrees. We agreed we would come back for breakfast to sample the omelets and Belgian waffles - or perhaps for afternoon tea to indulge my Downton Abbey obsession.

-Marcia Frederick


THE KID SAYS

My first impression of Mozart's was "wow" because it was so fancy. Also, I noticed the cakes looked good and I was excited to try them.

We sat right by the piano player. He was a very good musician and he knew all of the songs I wanted to hear. He played a bunch ofFrozen songs like Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? but he said he was still trying to learn Reindeers Are Better Than People. Talking to him and listening to the piano music made the time go fast while we waited for our lunch.

Mozart's has a kids' menu but I ordered off the regular menu because I usually like the meals for grown-ups better and sometimes the kids' items are too small. I had a club sandwich ($9.95) with ham, turkey, three kinds of cheese and bacon. The combination tasted really good. It came on a baguette, which is one of my favorite kinds of bread. I especially liked the bacon!

We went to the front counter to order our dessert. It was hard to decide because there were so many yummy things to choose from! I picked the Sonata Torte ($4), which had layers of chocolate and vanilla cake with icing and caramel because I love, love, LOVE caramel! It was delicious. I had to take half of it home because it was big, but it was just as good the next day.

I think most kids would like Mozart's because of the amazing desserts. I mean, who doesn't like cake? Girls might like it a little more than boys because it is kind of a fancy place. I would tell my friends it would be a great place to go for a special girls' lunch with your mom or grandma, especially if you like to listen to Disney music.

-Elise Frederick