You might think of dessert when you hear the word "pastry," but in Italy - and, by extension, in Little Italy in the Bronx - pastry is also breakfast and an afternoon pick-me-up snack. It's a good thing, then, that there are so many great pastry shops along Arthur Avenue.
Some of these shops have tables and might be a place you'd sit for a moment with an espresso, but it's more appropriate to think of these pastry shops as one of the places you'd go on your regular grocery shopping rounds. Yes, you can certainly get flaky breakfast pastries at these spots, but they'll also tempt you with colorful rainbow cakes, crispy biscotti, flaky sfogliatelle, and freshly-filled cannoli.
After all the walking around you'll be doing, whether it's on a food tour of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx or just to pick up provisions for that evening's meal, there's nothing better than the reward of traditional Italian sweets.
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Gino's opened in 1960, which - in Little Italy in the Bronx - means it's one of the newer pastry shops. The business is now run by Gino's son, Jerome, and the interior doesn't appear to have changed at all. The storefront is included in the Broadway set design of "A Bronx Tale," and it's a favorite haunt of the show's star, Chazz Palminteri. Pick up powdered amaretto cookies or freshly-filled cannoli, a strong frontrunner for the very best cannoli in Little Italy.
Want to know what’s best at Egidio Pastry Shop, DeLillo’s, Morrone and Artuso’s? Each shops has it’s specialties and neighborhood regulars might go to three different pastry shops in search of the best sfogliatelle, cheesecake, cannoli and Napoleons. Find out where to get the best of everything with the “Insider’s Guide To Little Italy In The Bronx.”