I am looking for a bakery in New Jersey that sells Cassata at Easter- I would love to buy some old school Italian pasteries, but it looks like I need to drive to Brooklyn for that. Are there any bakeries that exist in NJ? I am in the Union County/Summit area.... I am willing to take a nice drive, though, if it's worth it :)
I don't hink you are going to need to drive to Brooklyn for what you want. I wont get into a discussion of quality - I'll leave that to others - but there are certainly places in Northern NJ that can fulfill your needs. I'm not sure about cassata, but I'd start by trying these three places.
Randazzo's in Somerset
Esposito's on Eagle Rock Ave in East Hanover
Gencarelli's Bakery has two locations, Bloomfield and Wayne.
Other Chowhounders may know places even closer.