A Look Back: Little Italy Bakeries Across the U.S.

Angie Spitalieri Ianiro, Publisher Angie Spitalieri Ianiro, Publisher

As we prepare for the holiday season, we look back on an article from November 2014 written by Malone Dylan. Malone offers us a look into some wonderful bakeries in Little Italys across the U.S. On behalf of all of us at La Gazzetta Italiana, we wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

We all know and love our favorite bakeries here in Little Italy Cleveland. From the family-owned Corbo's Dolceria to the always welcoming Presti’s Bakery & Café, the fresh pastries and delicate desserts at these beloved restaurants are always waiting to indulge your sweet tooth. The history and family stories behind the bakeries succeed in making them an important part of the Cleveland community. 

Where else in the U.S. can you find Little Italy bakeries worth visiting? If you or a loved one are traveling anytime soon, check out this list of Little Italy cafes and restaurants you should visit. You won’t regret it!   

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe (195 Grand St., New York, NY 10013) – With booming business since 1892, the Ferrara Bakery & Cafe is still running strong thanks to the fifth generation of the Ferrara family. Boasting an extensive menu ranging from coffee and desserts to traditional Italian food, this cafe is an absolute must if you are heading to the big apple anytime soon. 

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop (222 Albemarle St., Baltimore, MD 21202) – Baltimore’s Little Italy district is home to the local fan-favorite, Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop. With several other locations as well, Vaccaro’s has been up and running since its inception in 1956 by Sicily born and raised Gioacchino Vaccaro. 

Palmieri’s Bakery (147 Ridge St., Providence, RI 02909) – Planning a trip to Rhode Island anytime soon? If so, stop by Federal Hill. Dubbed Rhode Island’s Little Italy, Federal Hill is home to family-owned and operated Palmieri’s Bakery. With excellent service and even better pastries, this bakery should absolutely be at the top of your list. 

Stella Pastry & Cafe (446 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133) – Stella Pastry & Cafe is a tourist hot spot in North Beach, the Little Italy of San Francisco. From their mouth-watering tiramisu to their masterfully designed cakes, this bakery is one of the best and has been bringing in happy and loyal customers since 1942. 

So, whether it be near home or on the road, there is a Little Italy bakery patiently waiting to satisfy your craving for an unforgettable sweet or treat.

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