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Bakery across the street from Sorriso's (Astoria)?

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Does anyone know the name of this bakery? I can't seem to remember it, and have been asked about it. Any recommendations on what's good there? The place is always hopping on early weekend mornings. Thanks!

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  1. That's the Gian Piero, my favorite overall Italian bakery in the neighborhood. You might find a place with some item done better, but it's one of the few that does virtually everything well. Very good bread (especially the more rustic styles) and taralli, properly delicate butter cookies, great cannoli, sfogliatelle and other pastries.

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    1. re: hatless

      Thanks hatless! I'll have to try the freshly baked bread and team it up with some cold cuts from Sorriso.

      1. re: sandrina

        Gian Pierp. Some of the best bread in NYC a must stop for any CH. There Lobster tails and sfogliatelle are the best in NYC.

        1. re: FAL

          Gian Piero/Sorriso combo, I'm completely on board. Surprise hit from GP a coupla weeks ago: Carrot cake. Perfect cream cheese frosting, very dense, moist cake.

      2. re: hatless

        Been reevaluating since getting back to the nabe: their taralli are so-so. Too thick and breadstick-y. The pastries, cookies and bread I've been getting are mighty fine, tho.

        1. re: hatless

          Terrible Italian bakery. All the breads have the same spongy texture on the inside, no matter what type of bread they seem to be from the outside. I haven't had the cookies or cakes, but if a bakery can't make good bread, it doesn't bode well for the rest.

          Sorriso's, on the other hand, is amazing.

          1. re: gverb

            sorriso's has the nicest people working there, too

        2. get the croatian olive oil at sorrisos if they have it ..its great..they supply it to piccola venezia