Veniero’s Italian Desserts in NYC
Traditional Italian desserts and pastry have been around for centuries. They were perfected by nuns and monks who lived lives of austerity and chastity, producing decadent treats to fund their charitable endeavors. The pursuit of authentic Italian treats led me to New York City, where the magic of the Italian culture has evolved across the generations that migrated to the United States. It was among the traditional stores and restaurants that I discovered Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe, a fabulous bakery that serves Italian desserts with a side of old-world charm.
Founded by Antonio Veniero of Sorrento in 1894, this old-world Italian bakery and café is located in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. Eye-catching shelves loaded with pastries of all sizes and shapes are framed by Italian marble floors and copper stamped ceilings. Oodles of vintage charm defines this bakery which is still family owned and operated. The seating area is cozy and serves hot beverages that complement the delicate pastries.
Veniero’s is usually crowded so it is important to take a number from the dispenser and get in line while drooling over the trays of sweets. I sampled several of them and recommend the following:
- the signature chocolate-covered cannoli’s with delightfully crunchy shells, smooth chocolate and a rich ricotta filling
- sponge puffs saturated with rum sauce and filled with a custard or cannoli filling called baba rums
- mini tiramisu rectangles
- layers of puff-pastry and cream called millefoglie
- lobster tail pastry filled with ricotta or French cream called sfogliatelle
- delicious fruit tarts
Ordering to go…
Veniero’s also serves gelato in the back of the store where they have a separate display of cakes and cheesecakes. I selected a generous slice of chocolate raspberry cake to add to my already enormous take-out order and thoroughly enjoyed the sinful combination of silky dark chocolate and tart raspberry jam.Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe 342 E.11th St. NY, NY 212-674-7070 www.venierospastry.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gia Coelho was born in India and holds an MBA in Marketing. She lived in Toronto and has traveled extensively in India and Europe. She now lives outside Washington DC and pursues passions that include wildlife conservation, writing, culinary adventures, painting, and creating colorful Zentangle art that she sells on her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/giacoelho.
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