Maltese Pastizzi at JMJ Bakery, LIC (mini-review)
I had posted to the existance of this place a while back, but it took the gift of a bottle of Maltese Kinnie (a chinotto-like Maltese soda) to trek out to LIC for a taste of this bakery's pastizzi.
When arrived at around ten to 1 pm, the gates were already down on the storefront. I called the number on the awning and, when I told the person on the other end that I was looking to buy some pastizzi, he perked up and said come around to the factory entrance. I asked for a half dozen, three each of cheese and meat. He disappeared into the the frozen area as I watched a half-dozen men decorating cookies with airbrushes and creating amazing winter scenes out of marzipan snowmen and leaves. (Mental note - go back when the shop is open so as to check out what else they offer.)
A couple of minutes later I was $7.50 poorer (they cost $1.25 each) but six pastizzi richer. I have no idea if they have other Maltese offerings available, but this seemed to be the thing to order. The man I spoke with told me if I ever needed pastizzi when the store was closed to just come around to the side entrance. He seemed to be very proud of his pastizzi and probably makes them for the dwindling Maltese population of Astoria. (He said something to me in Maltese but I informed him that, although I do have the dark skin of someone from the Mediterranean, I am mostly Polish and Lithuanian.)
Yesterday afternoon, I baked up one of the meat pastizzi. It's essentially beef and peas, probably sauteed with onions and some other spices and possibly some wine, in a homemade puff pastry. The filling was incredibly tasty, although I think the shell suffered from baking it without allowing it to thaw first. Still, it was very good and went well with the Kinnie. I know very little of Maltese customs, so i don't know if this is supposed to be a breakfast item or daytime snack. Also, the cheese one seems that it could also be eaten as a dessert, although I haven't baked one of those, yet. (I picked at the cheese filling and it tasted like a sweet and salty ricotta mixture.)
So, if anyone wants to try a sample of the isle of Malta, I'd head over to JMJ Bakery as soon as you can. Perhaps they have other offerings as well in the retail store, although I don't know what the hours are. (On Saturdays, I'd say it would be in your best interest to arrive before 1:30 pm, although the official closing time is 2 pm.)
JMJ Baking Corp
38-11 23rd Street
Long Island City NY 11100
Anyways, I just tried the cheese ones as well. Ricotta with eggs mixed with a little salt and sugar. Perfect. I'll be buying these by the dozen from now on and keeping them on hand in the freezer. The meat ones are entirely wrapped in the pastry, while the cheese ones are open at top to allow for some of the ricotta to form a nice, crispy crust.
Hello Lambretta 76,
To answer your questions - both ricotta and pea/meat pastizzi are supposed to be lunch or supper time snacks. The Maltese do not eat them for breakfast or as a dessert.
thanks for posting! Do you know of any places where they deliver pastizzi or other Maltese products? I live in Atlanta and I don't find any of those here.
Is that what they call the club now? Last time I was there was 30 years ago. That club house was paid for from the funds of my pops club( the astoria manor dances profits).
My father wanted to split the money among the 6 last members, but the pres. wanted a maltese club to still be in new york, and by charter he could do want he wanted. Pops club was dieing off but had money. The club in the city had young members but no money.
Its nice to know that the astoria manor dances are still ongoing but I could not go there. Pop wanted nothing to do with the members of the new club and wanted me to do the same.
Anyway for the sake of others what do they cost? Do you have to order in advance? Would they ship orders ? and which items do the use in the filing?
AFTER telling him the above.
You may wissh to get in touch with the Maltese club in Astoria, New York
City, to check whether they ship frozen pastizzi, or at least get the
name of the contact from where they get the pastizzi. The details are
Maltese Center in New York.
Address: 27-20 Hoyt Avenue South, Astoria, New York 11102-1942
Tel. No. (718) 728-9883
Fax No. (718) 728-9053
The name of the President is Frankie Borg.
Hope this helps.
charge d'affaires a.i.
Embassy of Malta
2017, Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20008
United States of America
My reply-- Dear Dennis no that does not help. Did you miss reading my PS?
Are you telling me that no one in the US makes and will ship Passizzi?
What do the staff do, fly back when they want one, or drive to the last
When there is a party at the embassy do you not serve passizzi. Who
This request is not just for me its also for the many children of
who grew up with Passizzi. Who miss this part of the Maltese culture.
27-20 Hoyt Ave S, Queens, NY 11102
I am Maltese born and for years have been limited to enjoying Pastizzi only when I visit my family on holiday. recently, through a Google search I was able to find them and order them from Margaret Young who makes them fresh and FedEx them to anywhere in the US. They cost just over a $1 a piece, however, the overnight FedEx is a flat rate of $20. For this reason, I buy four dozen at a time without incurring any additional mailing charge. The owner of this baker is Margaret Young and the phone number is 313 843 0379. Enjoy!