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Best Italian Rum Cake and best Italian bakery

The Best Italian Bakery and Best rum cake in Manhattan?

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  1. The standard answers are Veniero's, DiRoberti's, Rocco's, and sometimes Bruno's. Opinions will vary as to which is best and for what, so you might want to try all four - the first two are around 1st Ave and 11th St., the other two are next door to each other on Bleecker Street.

    But I think the best Italian bakeries are in the Bronx. :)

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    1. re: Striver

      Alfonso's in Staten Island...HANDS DOWN.

    2. Ok--so which ones in the Bronx do you recommend?

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      1. re: ChowPup

        In Belmont on 187th Street: Egidio's and De Lillo's. On Arthur Avenue: Morrone's; also Madonia Bros., a bakery - not a pastry shop - makes a very good cannoli (and a great provolone bread, but that's another subject). Morrone's is a recent arrival that I've been very pleased with recently, especially their sfogliatelle and small lobster tails (better than the large ones).

        Some folks also like Enrico's in the Morris Park area, but I haven't gotten there yet.

      2. Villabate in Brooklyn is also top-notch. It's hard not to walk out of there with a dozen mixed pastries, in addition to whatever else it is you wanted.


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        1. re: Nosher

          As much as it pains me to say it, and Villabate's stuff is really pretty and varied,
          I dont think the things we have had there have been all that delicious. Are there special things you recommend?

          1. re: jen kalb

            We wrote about the fig ring last month--it was pretty fantastic. I've also had really good luck with anything they make that is either covered in marzipan or filled with something almond flavored. Their loaf cakes (when they make them) are also out of this world.


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        2. Panaetico in Bay Ridge is good also.

          1. Fortunato Brothers
            289 Manhattan Ave

            1. I like Pozzo Borthers on 9th Avenue between 48th and 47th Streets. It is convenient, does not have a huge selection but the geneology is good. It has been run by the grandsons of the original owners and they have kept most of the recipes that made it so popular back in the old days. Try the Cannolli filled, rum soaked cakes (they are specificaly requested for all family and work occasions). Their cookies are all made in house from scratch, and the Italian bread is very dense, chewy and has a really nice crust. Has been a Hell's Kitchen favorite for years.

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              1. re: midtown diner

                Alliotta's in Brooklyn, Also Rex has wonderful Bread. Court Street Pastry runs a close 2nd. In Manhattan, La Bella Ferrara (NOT FERRARA'S) on Mulberry off Canal. EXCELLENT.