A Sweet Escape

Casino del Sol deals decadent sweets with fun flavors at its new bakery
by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Casino del Sol Executive Chef Ryan Clark is elevating the decadent offerings in Tucson by introducing SweetScape Desserts.
Located near the bingo hall, SweetScape serves a variety of treats like donuts, gelato, pastries, desserts, shakes, floats, sundaes, breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
“It is a small, boutique dessert shop that features everything made from scratch in our bake shop here at the casino,” Clark says. “Our main features are donuts and gelato.”
Among the shop’s signature creations are more than 15 varieties of freshly made yeast and cake donuts prepared in the bakeshop of Casino Del Sol’s Executive Pastry Chef, Gina Skelton. Some of the inventive flavors include maple bacon and chocolate, and fruit cereal, along with more traditional options like simple glazed, old-fashioned cake and jelly filled.
“We went with the classics and we have original ones,” Clark says. “We wanted to have obviously have some of the classics because people love them. We have the nostalgia, with good, glazed donuts.”
More than 18 flavors of housemade, slow-churned gelatos will also be served, with flavors like dulce de leche, cookies and cream, blueberry muffin and “Donut Believe It,” the latter of which features freshly made donuts, vanilla gelato and caramel swirl.
The breakfast sandwiches – like a ham and cheese croissant with jalapenos – are made from scratch. Clark and his team will also create specialty cakes for parties, weddings, quinceañeras and other events.
“We’re going to continue to develop the menu,” he says. “The fruit cereal one, that’s fun.
“But the flavors of the gelatos, sorbets and donuts will change as our guests give us feedback. We’ll have monthly features as well, changing the flavors and donuts monthly.”
Casino del Sol’s SweetScape
5655 W Valencia Road
1.855.765.7829, casinodelsol.com