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.
Posted in Bakery, Cannoli, History, Italian, Local, New York
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My heart goes out to the Mancinos. I’m very saddened by the news of a suicide related to rent hike stress. It’s so troubling to me that so many businesses are being forced to relocate after establishing years of goodwill. So many things are troubling about this, including how a hospital is a landlord to a bakery. Perhaps this is what is wrong with America today and why our hospitals are failing. Hospitals should be in the business of healthcare not bakeries.
If you’ve read my blog enough, you know I can’t pass up a bakery. So when I saw a sign for cupcakes at Artylicious Cakes, I had to stop in. Artylicious Cakes is a bakery in Raleigh, NC. The owner, Iriene Wangsawidjaja, specializes in cake art and has had her cakes featured in magazines as well as at local events and has won awards at the NC State Fair (blue ribbon for a Lorax cake). Her fondant work is gorgeous, and if I were looking for a special occasion cake, I would have her make it. Irene is very sweet, and on my visit, let me and my friend try a number of flavors before deciding. Ultimately, we chose lemonberry, lemon cake with a hint of strawberry and vanilla creme, as our favorite. Also, the chocolate raspberry, hazelnut mocha and black forest are all divine. Her buttercream is so tasty, smooth and silky. I really love the texture of her cakes. She also has cupcakes, cheesecake and macaroons available, and they all look lovely.
Posted in Bakery, Cake, Cupcake, Dessert, Fair, North Carolina
Tagged Artylicious Cakes, bakery, cakes, NC State Fair, North Carolina, Raleigh