Periodically, there’s an article about how Little Italy is dead or dying. Yes, it’s more of a tourist destination and less of a neighborhood where Italian people live. There are still some Italians there, and there are Italian-American-owned businesses there. A recent article in the New York Times made me want to write a series on Little Italy Isn’t Dead and feature some of the businesses there.
Caffe Roma was formerly Caffe Ronca, opened by Italian immigrant Pasquale Ronca in 1891 and run with his brother Giovanni who came to NYC a year later. It was a hangout for NYC’s literati–writers, artists, musicians, actors. Pasquale would go on to be impresario for Italian songs for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 1952, Vincento Zeccardi, an immigrant and former church ceiling painter, bought it, and it is still in his family today.
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There’s a sweet bready smell in the air at Orwasher’s Bakery. It’s as inviting as the friendly service. Yes, it’s true, I rarely make it up to Yorkville and the Upper East Side, but Orwasher’s alone is worth a trip. Especially for a jelly doughnut fanatic such as myself. Orwasher’s has large pillowy doughnuts that are filled to order with your choice of strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry, blueberry or other fillings.
sour cherry jelly doughnut
Wow, I’ve never seen filled-to-order jelly doughnuts before. And the fillings are like preserves, not the standard blood-red goo in most commercial jelly doughnuts.
strawberry jelly doughnut
The bread looks amazing here, and I opted for a the seasonal pumpkin loaf, which was out of this world good with a little butter and sprinkle of cinnamon.
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