HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Re: Best Italian Bakery

Jenniferegy Oct 7, 2005 01:18 PM

I need help to find the Best Italian bakery that produces lovely cakes cookies, and Biscotti daily.

I rely on the Board for suggestions often.

Many thanks in advance,

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. b
    Brian RE: Jenniferegy Oct 14, 2005 07:55 PM

    The best Italian bakery is Venieros on 11th Street at First Avenue. The stuff is the best and it isn't expensive either.

    1. p
      Phantomdoc RE: Jenniferegy Mar 21, 2006 03:30 PM

      Not strictly Italian, but the best Cannolo and ricotta cream puff I've ever had, including Venierro's was had at Cascon Cheesecake in Whitestone, Queens. Hounds have at it. Let me know what you think.

      1. m
        midtown diner RE: Jenniferegy Jul 24, 2006 07:44 PM

        I wouldn't consider this the best Italian Bakery but Pozzo Brothers on 9th Avenue between 48th and 47th Street is very good. Everything is made in the store and it is really owned by two brothers. They are famous for their cakes. People drive in from other states for them. Try any cake with the cannoli filling. People from my job insist on their cakes only for any special occassion.

        1. m
          Marco RE: Jenniferegy Aug 3, 2006 01:11 AM

          DeRobertis 1st Ave @11th St

          1. p
            Pupster RE: Jenniferegy Aug 3, 2006 02:54 PM

            Veniero's? DeRobertis? No, I don't think so or I'd weep if it were true. For good Italian pastries you have to go to the Italian neighborhoods: up to Arthur Ave in the Bronx or to Bensonhurst's Villabate and Royal Crown. I stay local to my hood in Carroll Gardens -- Court Pastry and Monteleoni's (hopefully they will re-open soon).

            3 Replies
            1. re: Pupster
              Marco RE: Pupster Aug 3, 2006 08:40 PM

              I'll have to get to Arthur Ave again. Haven't been in a while. I wouldn't dis DeRobertis'cannoli though. Veniero's I agree with ya'.

              1. re: Marco
                ChowFun_derek RE: Marco Aug 4, 2006 01:41 PM

                OKAY...so the question would be where in Manhattan is the best Italian Bakery.....if a trip to the outer boroughs is not do'able?!
                ...and what are their specialities?

                1. re: ChowFun_derek
                  Cheese Boy RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 4, 2006 02:10 PM

                  If you're not up to going to the OB, I think Veniero's, Rocco's, or Bleecker Street Pastry is just fine.

                  (1st) Veniero's: http://www.venierospastry.com/Merchan...

                  (2nd) Rocco's: http://www.roccospastry.com/default.aspx

                  (3rd) Bleecker: Bleecker Street Pastry, 245 Bleecker Street, 212-242-4959.

            2. m
              Marco RE: Jenniferegy Aug 4, 2006 02:10 PM

              My choice would be DeRobertis. Better bakeries might exist but I don't know of them.

              1. f
                Fleur RE: Jenniferegy Aug 10, 2006 03:32 AM

                VILLABATE in Bensonhurst has the most delicious gorgeous Italian cakes,pastries and gelato. Nothing else, even VENIERO'S comes close.

                I love CAPUTO on Court Street for wonderful Golden Raisin Bread and Prosciutto bread, taralli and Genoa Toast.

                COURT STREET PASTRY has the best almond biscotti, cannoli and Sesame Cookies.

                1 Reply
                1. re: Fleur
                  Brklynbobby RE: Fleur Aug 12, 2008 11:41 AM

                  You are so right, Fleur!!! Villabate rules!!!

                2. Striver RE: Jenniferegy Aug 10, 2006 12:42 PM

                  If possible, go to the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx. Start at Terranova on 187th St. for basic breads. Proceeding west, you have your choice of three pastry shops: Artuso's, Egidio's, and De Lillo's. Each has their fans; we prefer Egidio's for pastry and De Lillo's for biscotti - cookies are great at both. When you hit Arthur Ave., make a left and proceed to Madonia Brothers bakery for the best lard bread and - my favorite - their provolone bread (which makes incredibly good toast). All of these are within a single short walking distance of each other.

                  While you're there, you might also want to go to Mike's and/or Teitel's delis, Biancardi's for meat, Borgatti's for fresh pasta, the liquor store on 187th (Mt. Carmel?) for a great selection of Italian wines, and more. They're all in the same neighborhood.

                  1. m
                    mjlr68 RE: Jenniferegy Aug 12, 2006 12:51 AM

                    bay ridge, pane antica

                    1. k
                      Kris RE: Jenniferegy Nov 10, 2006 12:02 AM

                      Villabate's in Bensonhurst. http://www.villabate.net

                      1. l
                        little chowhound RE: Jenniferegy Nov 10, 2006 12:27 AM

                        I think Linhurst pastrey shop has the best stuff, which is in in Linhurst. Go try it

                        1. f
                          FAL RE: Jenniferegy Nov 13, 2006 07:54 PM

                          Fortunato Brothers
                          289 Manhattan Ave
                          Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
                          Cafe -Pasticceria
                          Espresso _ Spumoni
                          Gelati _Cakes
                          Open till 11 pm weekdays
                          12 weekends
                          Tel (718 )387-2281
                          PS. Everything is like it is in Italy.

                          1. r
                            RosyRosy RE: Jenniferegy Dec 12, 2007 08:21 PM

                            UPDATE: Pozzo's Bakery looks to be closed! (I'm new here and didn't mind looking at the dates of these posts and schlepped all the way over to Pozzo's only to find it closed up. Booo hisss.) Moral of story--call first!

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: RosyRosy
                              Jsalleres RE: RosyRosy Jan 8, 2008 09:42 AM

                              I would also like to know why Pozzo's closed? They've been in the neighborhood over 20 years.

                            2. r
                              ribbons RE: Jenniferegy Jul 23, 2008 12:23 PM

                              COURT PASTRY SHOP in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, has the best cannoli I've ever had (298 Court St, Brooklyn, 718/875-4820). Note: This is strictly a take out bakery, not a sit-down place.

                              FORTUNATO BROTHERS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is to die for across-the-board
                              (289 Manhattan Ave, between Ainslie St & Devoe St, Brooklyn, 718/387-2281). Sit-down style with tables and chairs. Very nice, quiet neighborhood setting too. This is really the best in the whole city, in my opinion.

                              In Manhattan, DE ROBERTIS is my favorite (176 First Ave., 212/674-7137). Sit-down setting, tables and chairs. Bakery up front with many tables and chairs at back.

                              1. p
                                phantomdoc RE: Jenniferegy Aug 12, 2008 08:10 AM

                                Enzo's on Morris Park Ave. in the Bronx. Their Lobster Tails are to die for.
                                Cascon Cheesecake in Whitestone Queens. Not near anything but worth the trip.

                                Show Hidden Posts