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Italian Pastries

Blumie Sep 18, 2009 08:55 AM

Traveling from Chelsea to Syosset tomorrow around lunch time, where can I stop to get a box of really good Italian pastries (canoli and the like). I have a car, so I can go out of my way for the right place.

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    romafan Sep 24, 2009 02:36 PM

    The Vermont cheese people at the USQ farmers' market (Bufala di Vermont?) make a fantastic canoli. They are only around on Fridays, although I have not seen them the last few times I looked :-(

    Union Square Greenmarket
    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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      intrepid Sep 24, 2009 02:04 PM

      they dont have cannoli, but many other goodies, sullivan st bakery 47 st btwn 10-11 th ave

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        Blumie Sep 21, 2009 03:41 PM

        Thanks for the replies, all. I was all set to head to Rocco's or Veniero's, but ended up venturing out to Villabate on Bensonhurst. It just seemed more exotic!

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        1. re: Blumie
          Pan Sep 21, 2009 11:51 PM

          Good for you! You went to my favorite place.

          1. re: Pan
            racer x Sep 23, 2009 07:12 PM

            Villabate, best Italian in NYC!

        2. penthouse pup Sep 20, 2009 02:39 PM

          Bruno's on 506 La Guardia Place--beats Rocco's hands-down.

          Bruno Bakery
          506 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: penthouse pup
            Pan Sep 20, 2009 05:30 PM

            That hasn't been my experience.

            1. re: penthouse pup
              racer x Sep 23, 2009 07:12 PM

              Agree, Bruno's kicks Rocco's butt.

              1. re: racer x
                Pan Sep 23, 2009 11:59 PM

                Please give me specifics. I have yet to be impressed with anything at Bruno's. What do you particularly recommend?

                1. re: Pan
                  racer x Sep 24, 2009 11:10 AM

                  The raspberry creme brulee and the exotic mousse cake (I think it's coconut cream with a slice of mango in the center) come to mind. My mouth is watering now.

                  1. re: racer x
                    Pan Sep 25, 2009 02:37 AM

                    I found that OK but nothing that great.

                    1. re: Pan
                      racer x Aug 6, 2011 03:42 PM

                      Just re-visited Bruno's yesterday. They've changed their lineup of pastries. A number of the ones I used to like are no longer available.

                      I probably won't be going back.

                      1. re: racer x
                        Pan Aug 7, 2011 01:55 AM

                        Sorry to hear it. Please let me know when you find a good pasticceria in Manhattan.

              2. re: penthouse pup
                buddhabelly Aug 8, 2011 04:46 PM

                Brunos has actually improved over the last several months. I think they may have a new chef or manager. Some new desserts . I love their Napoleons!

                1. re: buddhabelly
                  Pan Aug 11, 2011 01:45 AM

                  No kidding? That's good to hear! How long were they closed, by the way?

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                Pan Sep 20, 2009 02:19 PM

                Rocco's is probably the best in Manhattan. I don't like DeRoberti's or Veniero's. But I think you'll do better in Queens (though I don't personally know pasticcerie there, only in Brooklyn, which would be out of your way), so do post to Outer Boroughs.

                Rocco's Pastry Shop
                243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: Pan
                  Gigi007 Sep 20, 2009 08:36 PM

                  I agree with these recommendations, especiallly Rocco's. And I don't care for Veniero's either.

                2. smokeandapancake Sep 18, 2009 10:04 AM


                  342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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                  1. re: smokeandapancake
                    fm1963 Sep 18, 2009 11:41 AM

                    Second Venerios. Yum.

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                      j. marie Sep 24, 2009 05:50 AM

                      Venieros is great. Cannolis are good, love the lobster tails!

                  2. iluvcookies Sep 18, 2009 09:25 AM

                    In Manhattan there's DeRobertis and Rocco's (my personal choices)
                    Or post/search on Outer Boroughs for recs in Brooklyn or Queens

                    De Robertis
                    176 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

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                    1. re: iluvcookies
                      City Kid Sep 18, 2009 10:09 AM

                      Second Rocco's on Bleecker (btw. 6th Ave. and Cornelia)!

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