In the bustling city of New York, the rich aroma of fresh bread, sweet pastries, and delectable cakes wafts from numerous bakeries that dot its landscape. Among these are some remarkable Italian bakeries that stand out for their authentic recipes, age-old baking techniques, and high-quality ingredients. In this post, we’ll embark on a culinary journey through the best Italian bakeries in New York. Buckle up and prepare your taste buds for a delicious adventure!
Mark’s Bake Shoppe
Located in Staten Island, Mark’s Bake Shoppe serves modern twists on your favorite baked goods. At the tender age of 15, Mark Intoccia began his journey in bakeries, starting with the humble task of greasing pans and mopping floors. Over time, he mastered the art of buttercream and danishes. Today, Mark’s Bake Shoppe is known for its cannoli-filled rainbow cookies, black and white stuffed donuts, and cheeky holiday specials. The bakery has been featured on Netflix’s “Sugar Rush” and offers multi-tier celebration cakes that are a feast for the eyes and the palate1.
Gino’s Pastry Shop
Steeped in tradition, Gino’s Pastry Shop is a famous Italian bakery in Bronx’s Little Italy, located on the storied culinary street, Arthur Avenue. Jerome Gino Raguso, the son of the original owner Gino Raguso, continues to foster the same fierce community spirit that marked the bakery’s inception in 1960. Still using his father’s original handwritten recipes, Jerome serves specialty wedding cakes, Italian cookies, and some of the best cannolis in all of New York City. Visit Gino’s to enjoy over 63 years of pastry excellence in a family-run storefront1.
Nestled in Carroll Gardens, Mazzola Bakery is an Italian bakery that boasts best-selling lard bread studded with bits of salami and provolone, pillowy ciabatta, and a pulse-quickening variety of cookies. When you’re invited anywhere next time, pick up an assortment of sweets from Mazzola Bakery and emerge as the day’s hero2.
Let’s continue this delicious journey in the next installment where we’ll uncover more of New York’s best Italian bakeries! Stay tuned.
Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
Located in Little Italy, Ferrara Bakery is a long-standing establishment that has been in operation since pre-1892. They offer a range of Italian specialties, including their Chocolate Truffle Cake, Tiramisu Cake, and New York Cheesecake. They are particularly famous for their cannoli, with options such as the Mini Cannoli Kit and Large Hand-Dipped Belgium Frozen Chocolate Cannoli. Another specialty is their Sfogliatella, a “leafy pastry” filled with ricotta cheese, farina, and a hint of diced candied fruits. In addition to these sweet offerings, Ferrara also offers brunch with items such as a bread basket featuring panettone and mini croissants, breakfast paninis, omelettes, and more1.