Sfogliatelle/Focaccia at 54 Mint Il Forno, Walnut Creek
54 Mint Il Forno soft opened in early May. Grand opening is next week, June 19 in the evening. I'm assuming this is related to 54 Mint in SF and totally unrelated to Il Fornaio... but regardless the name is confusing.
This place is a winner.
Got the sfogliatella this morning. We just returned from Naples so seeing these anywhere near home is a joy! It was a very good rendition, with great crunchy thin layers of the pastry and great flavor on the filling. The filling was a touch less tender than the best. I think it had small bits of orange peel but no chunks of candied orange. This would hold its own in Naples, though wouldn't compete with the very best.
The focaccia was very good -- I'd say it was similar to what we had in Puglia.
Tried a sample of ricotta almond cake that was fantastic as well.
They also have a $2 deal on some items after 2pm.