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Italians pastries sought near Sherman Oaks

CinnamonKitten Jan 11, 2008 04:24 AM

I'm trying to find some really nice pastries for an Italian family dinner. Specifically requested: Sfogilatelle. The spelling may be off but they are layered, shell shaped very flaky ricotta filled pastries. I think I can find these and some decent canolis at Monte Carlo in Burbank but I was hoping for something in the Sherman Oaks area. Any suggestions are very much appreciated and I'm also open to any other Italian pastry suggestions.

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    arancini Feb 4, 2008 02:07 PM

    I would also say Nicolosi, but will add buying them from Veniero's Pastry Shop in NYC and having them sent unbaked. Baking is simple, just follow directions. Those are the best yet.

    1. Emme Feb 3, 2008 08:42 PM

      Nicolosi and Eagle Rock are great.

      In the valley, Viktor Benes' or Monte Carlo Deli for cannolis especially.

      In case you happen to be in Santa Monica, try Bay Cities. Or, Venice has Massimo's.

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        CinnamonKitten Feb 4, 2008 02:45 AM

        Do you know if you can buy directly from Viktor Benes' bakery on Main in Burbank? I've only seen their stuff sold in Gelsons. Thank you

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          Emme Feb 4, 2008 11:28 AM

          believe so.. just call.

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        macnut Feb 2, 2008 10:43 PM

        Cavarettas in Canoga Park on Sherman Way has some pastries that are pretty good. Workers are incredibly rude and inept, but their food is pretty good.

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          CinnamonKitten Jan 12, 2008 03:43 AM

          Thank you for all the suggestions! I ordered some things from Nicolosi and since they are open Sunday I can pick them up the day of the party nice and fresh! Yay!

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            Das Ubergeek Jan 12, 2008 11:17 AM

            BTW, for when you feel like exploring a bit -- the best sfogliatelle in the LA area are at the various Claro's.

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            Jerome Jan 11, 2008 04:55 PM

            not italian - don't shoot - but nata's at fulton and ventura has a bunch of pastries very similar to italian pastries incl sfogliatelle (portuguese place). check it out if you have time.

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              archer Jan 11, 2008 07:37 AM

              Definitely Nicolosi. Great Italian pastries & convenient to Sherman Oaks. It's in Encino on VEntura Blvd., near White Oak.

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                Das Ubergeek Jan 11, 2008 09:01 AM

                Yep... and they're one of the few places in the SFV you can get sfogliatelle.

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                  philrodd Mar 13, 2008 01:39 PM

                  as I said to Burger Boy, when was the last time you tried Nicolosi? I was very disappointed in a cake several years ago and haven't gone back... I would like to hear that their quality has improved. I'm looking for a Zuppa Inglese

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                  Burger Boy Jan 11, 2008 05:30 AM

                  Try Nicolosi or there is a place in North Valley, maybe Woodland Hills or Granada Hills.

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                    Fru Jan 11, 2008 07:12 AM

                    If you don't get any good recommends in SO, Eagle Rock Italian Bakery isn't that far and they would have everything from bread to cannoli.

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                      Burger Boy Jan 11, 2008 07:45 AM

                      Eagle Rock is my first choice, but I was trying to keep them in the SFV. Yes Eagle Rock has Sfogilatelle and great sandwiches and really good foccacio that comes out of the ovens right around 11 AM, watch out for the lines.

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                        Fru Jan 11, 2008 08:28 AM

                        I just had their focaccia...mmmmm!

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                      philrodd Mar 13, 2008 01:33 PM

                      When was the last time you tried Nicolosi? I was very disappointed in a cake several years ago and haven't gone back... I would like to hear that their quality has improved

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