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ISO best napoleon, baba rum, sfogliatelle and lobster tails (all desserts)

itryalot Jul 20, 2013 04:36 PM

Looking for great Italian desserts with italian custard. Any specific notables?

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    cambridgedoctpr Jul 20, 2013 06:02 PM

    you know the old joke about the mom who asks her child if he would like a rum baba, and he says, he wants a baba with rumon the side. what are lobster tails? i have never heard of them!

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr
      hotoynoodle Jul 20, 2013 06:11 PM


      lobster tails are an italian-american version of this pastry. they are all over the north end.

      i can't help the op, though, sorry, i don't eat this stuff.

    2. CapeCodGuy Jul 20, 2013 08:08 PM

      Maria's Pastry in the North End for cannoli and sfogliatelle and Modern for everything else.

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        phatchris Jul 21, 2013 05:35 AM

        Second Marias, also Elm St Bakery in Everett.

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        treb Jul 21, 2013 04:49 AM

        Piro's bakery in Methuen hits all of your list. Another would be Tripoli's Bakery in Lawrence. Both have excellent bread and pizza as well.

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          pinehurst Jul 22, 2013 04:25 AM


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          teezeetoo Jul 21, 2013 07:52 AM

          does location matter?

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            itryalot Jul 21, 2013 06:13 PM

            Within reason (30 mins). I was thinking about Maria's. Last time we got two boxes to bring back, one from Modern and the other from Mike. It was good...wanted to try something different and without all the lines.

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              teezeetoo Jul 22, 2013 02:30 AM

              Medford has a range of good Italian (La Cascia comes to mind and I believe Modern has a branch in Medford) - I don't go there often enough to swear to the pastry -Antoine's in Newton and Royale in Cambridge on Cambridge Street are traditional Italian and I get my cream cakes at Antoine's though I don't eat enough pastry to judge the individual items. I think in the North End Maria's is the best of the locals and I'm not sure that anyone farther away is that much better though the shopping will be easier!

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                antimony Jul 29, 2013 10:53 AM

                Modern does indeed have a Medford branch, and I will vouch for their lobster tails and sfogliatelle being great.

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                Pegmeister Jul 22, 2013 05:17 AM

                Of the three Mikes, Modern and Maria's my go to is Maria's especially for items like the sfogliatelle or ricotta pie. For cannoli I give an edge to Mike's. I did however, have a cannoli at Paradiso the other day that was quite good.

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              shutterbugRI Jul 21, 2013 08:53 AM

              Guarino's in Norwood is a good south-of-Boston Italian pastry shop option. Their lobster tails (a crunchy shell filled with ricotta pastry cream) have a delectable filling. There is a photo in the slide show on their website.

              I drive to Guarino's from Providence around St. Joseph's Day in March to get their zeppoles which are topped with amarena cherry syrup. All the Italian bakeries I have tried in Rhode Island top zeppoles with a single maraschino cherry.



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                Scruffy The Cat Jul 21, 2013 12:10 PM

                I do like the lobster tails and zeppoli (at the right time of year) from Antoine's in Newton.

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