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Mar 24, 2011 11:38 AM

looking for Italian pastry - "sospiri"

Anyone know where I can get these pastries in NY? I used to get them years ago in the outer boroughs and recently found them in Italy but they seem to have disappeared from pastry shops here.

It's 2 layers of sponge cake with cream inside (maybe some alcohol, too) and the top layer is totally covered with white icing, topped with cherry.

It looks like this:


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  1. Don cheech, that's the spittin' image of a Sicilian cassata. One of my favorites. Veniero's carries them. But the best I've ever had (worth the train ride) are from Georgio's on Washington St. @ 15th ? Street. Old school bakery. Also has perfect cannoli filled to order.

    342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: yebo

        Yeah. Veniero's is 11th St. just west of 1st. ave. I also thing good Cassata can be found probably at Rocco's (Bleeker St. in Manhattan), and I'd bet they're available throughout the outer boroughs.

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

        342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: chefdaddyo

          Thanks for the help - figured they must have some different name after my searches only came up with a couple of bakery hits, both from Toronto.

          I'll give the recommendations a go.

    1. I might try Fortunato Brothers in Williamsburg, if you don't mind leaving manhattan.

      1. Whatever else this is, it's not a cassata or the smaller cassatina, both of which are filled with sweetened ricotta and iced with marzipan. These are filled with pastry cream, with a sugar glaze. Rocco's on Bleecker St has a wide range of sweets, and Villabate on 70th St and 18th Avenue in Brooklyn, Fortunato Bros in Williamsburg, are likely sources. It's also likely they may be called something else, but the pastry itself is fairly common throughout the Italian south.

        1. oh i just got one of these at villabate in brooklyn. and i also saw them years ago at giorgio's in hoboken...he called them cassatina, i guess, little cassata. they were both good!