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Jan 20, 2013 10:37 AM

Palazzone 1960 Italian Pastry Shop in Wayne

O.M.G. I finally took a trip to this place today. This place is a winner. A WINNER.

I have complained on this and other boards about the state of bakeries in North Jersey. Most of the bakeries here either sell junk or have prices that are beyond ridiculous. ($40 for a small cake? My parents bought cars for less!)

This place is unlike any other bakery I've seen in this area. It's light, bright, and roomy inside. They have a long case with all kinds of pastries, cakes, and treats. The family/staff running the place are hardcore, full Italian. (In fact, they were speaking mostly Italian, but their English was certainly fine.) The few customers that were there all seemed to be Italian. And these people know good stuff.

And now for the best part. Not only is the quality of the treats incredible (even the cannolis are dotted on each end with candied orange peel), the prices are reasonable! I picked up a very nice Sacher torte for $16. $16. Not $45, you other greedy North Jersey bakeries, $16. Large, dense, fully filled pastries were $2 - $3 each. When I asked about a lemon custard tart, they actually offered me a full mini pastry version to try without blinking. How's that for service?

For $30, I got six large pastries and the Sacher torte. Lower quality, smaller portioned stuff would have probably cost close to double that in other places around here.

The only minor problem with this place is the location. It's where the old Maria's Ravioli Factory used to be, which is located just before Routes 80, 46, and 23 merge (YIKES). However, the access to the parking lot seems to have been greatly improved, with the entrance far more to the side on Rt. 23 than it used to be.

GO. TO. THIS. PLACE. NOW. Before the word really gets out, when you'll have to wait on Carlo's Bakery like lines and they raise their prices. I will be back very very soon.

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  1. Wow! I drove by there just yesterday. I didn't know what it was. Next time I am in the area I will stop by. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. You had me at candied orange peel. :-)

      Just Googled and found an article from a few weeks ago on Baristanet...
      "Giancarlo’s father ran a bakery in Clifton in the 1960s and 70s, before moving the family back to the Abruzzi region of Italy, where Giancarlo’s two brothers and sister now operate five Palazzone pasticerrias.

      Owner Giancarlo Palazzone in front of a photo of his parents in their Clifton bakery in the 1960s. Like there, everything at Palazzone in Wayne is made fresh daily on the premises, using flavorings and other ingredients imported from Italy. The accents are real too, so be patient as the friendly, welcoming staff explains what’s in each luscious piece."

      This all bodes rather well, imo. <grin>

      1. thank you! I'm going to head over there tomorrow - will let you know.

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        1. re: jiffypop

          Just got home - O M G!!!!! i think i found heaven. Bright, light, sparkling clean. and they serve COFFEE., complete with some tables and some counter seating. they have a lunch menu - nothing fancy, but panini, salads, and pasta dishes should satisfy everyone's appetite, especially with DESSERT to look forward to.

          Based on zhelder's post and what I saw, they change the offerings regularly. The cakes were beautiful, but i didn't see a Sacher torte [although, to be honest, i was more interested in the cookies].

          I managed to escape with a few sfogliatelle and cookies [my life is simple], but they forced me to try one of their cannoli [it was hard to convince me - NOT!]. creamy filling [not grainy at all], nice crunchy pastry. wiht a tiny sprinkle of that orange peel. perfect! and a cookie - a coconut macaroon that was so crispy-creamy that it shattered at the first bite.

          WARNING: I'm going to tell ALL my friends that we've found our new coffee shop. So the rest of you had better get over there before the invasion.

          my one wish: that they sold some bread. deal killer? not at all - just a wish.

        2. Pictures...Italian Butter Cookies, Cakes, Regular Pastries and Mini Pastries.

          My sample of a six-pack of mini-pastries.....Eclair, Napoleon, Tiramisu. Cheesecake, Cannoli and Rum Baba...$1.25 each

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          1. re: fourunder

            Regular size pastries....

            Lobster Tail with Cream and Chocolate

            Custard Cream Puff Pastry

            ,,,And yes, the owner gave me a free Miniature Cream Puff.

          2. Palazzone 1960 Italian Pastry Shop in Wayne

            O.M.G. I finally took a trip to this place today. This place is a winner. A WINNER.....

            I concur.....

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            1. re: fourunder

              I'm happy that Palazzone 1960 is continuing to impress. We went back earlier this week to try the lobster claws...they are beyond awesome. The only place in NJ that can surpass Palazzone in any way is Sook Bakery in Ridgewood....and their baked goods are the very best on the planet.

              1. re: maryanne06

                So, maryanne - what do you think about the new branch of Carlo's in Ridgewood? A couple of friends are fans of the show and went the first week it was open, and had fun. Not sure if that translated to bakery excellence though.

                When some relatives visited over the summer, we HAD TO [yes, they really did have to force me] go to Hoboken. They had fun - i forced them to walk along the water to ooh and aah at the NYC skyline. I wasn't terribly impressed by Carlo's baked goods, but customers were happy.

                1. re: jiffypop

                  Hi there! Well, we were thinking about going to Carlo's. But a couple of people whose opinion I trust mentioned that his baked goods are very glossy, but they disappoint in taste, so it may be a while longer before we get there. If we're in Ridgewood these days, it's Sook Bakery or Raymonds . I saw pics of the crowd on opening day at Carlo' was a very BIG deal. I'm happy that your friends had fun. Sometimes it's not all about the food at all.