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,
The best Italian bakery is Venieros on 11th Street at First Avenue. The stuff is the best and it isn't expensive either.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
289 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
Espresso _ Spumoni
Open till 11 pm weekdays
Tel (718 )387-2281
PS. Everything is like it is in Italy.
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.
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.