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Vaccaro's Italian Pastries @ Union Station closed

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DCDeb Aug 11, 2010 05:47 PM

I was at Union Station over the weekend and was sad to see that Vaccaro's had closed. I loved their cannolis and Pignoli cookies. Bummer.

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  1. hill food RE: DCDeb Aug 11, 2010 09:20 PM

    sad, but that just means BALTO ROADTRIP! they really are better fresh from the store in Little Italy anyway. or play hooky from work and take the MARC train to Camden station and have a long stroll over.

    they do have the best cannoli.

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      Hue RE: hill food Aug 12, 2010 11:51 AM

      Iy you make that road trip and the stroll go a few more blocks east and visit
      Piedigrotta just on the outskirts of Little Italy Bank Street off Central Ave

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        hill food RE: Hue Aug 12, 2010 10:56 PM

        this place? I'd try it.

        http://www.piedigrottabakery.com/

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          JonParker RE: hill food Aug 13, 2010 03:57 AM

          Piedigrotta makes Vaccaros look like Little Debbie snack cakes. It's fantastic.

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            DCDeb RE: JonParker Aug 13, 2010 07:22 AM

            I guess this calls for a road trip to Charm City. Thanks for the tip.

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        JonParker RE: hill food Aug 13, 2010 04:05 AM

        You don't even have to do the long stroll. Baltimore's new Circulator bus will take you from a couple of blocks from the MARC station practically to within a block or two of either Piedagrotta's or Vaccaro's. And it's free.

        I strongly recommend Piedagrotta's over Vaccaro's though.

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          Hal Laurent RE: JonParker Aug 14, 2010 01:53 PM

          The Circulator Orange Line has a stop at Central and Bank that's less than half a block from Piedagrotta's.

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        Steve RE: DCDeb Aug 12, 2010 04:12 AM

        If you find yourself anywhere near a Balducci's, then you will no longer pine for a Vaccaro cannoli. They fill to order, of course, and the pastry shell is fantastic. I prefer the regular shell filled with chocolate or the chocolate dipped shell filled with vanilla. They offer regular size or mini.

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          Fromageball RE: Steve Aug 18, 2010 06:03 PM

          Good to know!

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          elgringoviejo RE: DCDeb Aug 12, 2010 05:06 AM

          Sorry to see that they have closed.

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            tobynissly RE: DCDeb Aug 12, 2010 06:13 AM

            I used to be a big fan of Vacarros but I had a cannoli there recently and it didn't have the same great taste that they used to have. I finally hit on it when I got that familiar burning sensation in my throat. Corn syrup!

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              SimonF RE: DCDeb Aug 16, 2010 12:21 PM

              Sadly, the branch at 2000 Penn. Ave in DC is also gone.

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                hill food RE: SimonF Aug 16, 2010 07:40 PM

                huh, the state of the economy? a lack of name recognition? a noticeably lower quality compared to the original location, noticed by those who do recognize the name? all of the above?

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                  ko1 RE: SimonF Aug 18, 2010 10:50 AM

                  The one in Harborplace in Baltimore has closed as well. Looks like they are closing all their branch locations. Try the ponche (sp?) at Piedgrotta.

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