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Oct 9, 2009 11:03 PM

Help! Custard-filled Bambolini in SF?

I Preferiti di Boriana in the Ferry Building used to have this wonderful bombolini. Light, airy, and filled with creamy custard. Sadly, for the last couple of months, they have not had the bombolini.

My wife and I recently visited the Ferry Building, and we eagerly ran over to I Preferiti di Boriana. Hazaaa! Bombolini are back! Except we were informed that they had been "improved." The new version was dense, tough, and underseasoned, with an odd lemony waxy curd inside in lieu of that sublime thick smooth, creme anglaise-type custard they used to contain. Sad.

Does anyone have any recommendations for custard-filled bambolini in San Francisco? Thanks!

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    1. re: hotspur

      Only on St. Joseph's Day (March 19th). That is the case for many of the Italian bakeries.

      1. re: hotspur

        I tried Emporio Rulli's last week in larkspur. Available in hazelnut or apricot filling. Disappointing. Stiff and dryish, and the apricot filling was more like thickened sugar syrup than apricot.

        Emporio Rulli
        464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

      2. Hi
        If you don't find what you are looking for in SF there is a cousin in Berkeley at the Bread Garden that is very worth trying. While not a bomboloni it is doughnut shaped and made out of croissant dough and is filled with pastry cream. It is kissed on top with a sublime chocolate glaze. I forget what they call them but they are heavenly and remind me of the custard filled bomboloni.

        1. I was so sad when they changed bakers for Boriana. I loved their bomboloni, especially the custard and nutella.

          1. From what I understand, Boriana was getting her bomboloni from the Four Seasons Restaurant/Hotel in East Palo Alto. But then the Bomboloni chef at the Four Seasons left, and for a while, Boriana did not have a supplier. However, the Four Seasons has recently resumed making the bomboloni, and Caffe Del Doge in Palo Alto sells them (see photo)

            Caffe del Doge
            419 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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              1. re: Mari

                Walking by Boriana's last week, I noticed sfogliatelle in the case (small and regular size) as well. Has anyone reported on them?

                Boriana's Tuscan Market
                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  As of 2 months ago, Boriana was getting her sfogliatelle from La Biscotteria in Redwood City. See your review here:
                  I assume this is still the case; however, I think La Biscotteria only makes one size of sfogliatelle, so if you saw two different sizes, maybe Boriana has changed her sfogliatelle supplier, maybe at the same time that she changed her Bomboloni supplier.

                  But last I checked, Boriana was getting her cannoli at La Biscotteria.

                  1. re: ssfire

                    Thank you, that head's up is very much appreciated!

                    Not in the City, but Tootsie's in Palo Alto makes bombolini, but not every day. I tried the non-filled zeppole and was in love. A new baker from Italy was due to arrive, but I haven't made it back to see what's new there.

                    La Biscotteria
                    2747 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061

                    Tootsie's at the Stanford Barn
                    700 Welch Rd Ste 118, Palo Alto, CA

            1. Oh no, they don't sell those incredible bomboloni anymore? I limited myself to visiting a few times a year because I could seriously eat 3-4 custard-filled ones in a row.

              My heart is broken.