Back in October 2013 in Dina’s Guide to NYC Italian Bakeries on my blog, I declared that Pasticceria Rocco on Bleecker Street in the West Village had the best New York-style cheesecake in the city. Four years later, do they still? I decided to compare theirs to Veniero’s for a West Village/East Village cheesecake challenge.
On a recent trip to Rocco’s, I got a slice as well as some taralli for the road. I love the creaminess of this cheesecake. In my book, it has the perfect consistency that I look for in cheesecake. In addition, it has the right amount of sweetness, which is not too much.
For the first time, I tried Veniero’s cheesecake. Veniero’s is located on E. 11th Street in the East Village. A nice creamy texture and good flavor, not too sweet. A serious contender, but for me, Rocco’s has a little something extra that makes it keep top spot on my list.
Of course, you can do your own cheesecake taste test and see which old world Italian bakery makes the best cheesecake to you.
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Tagged cheesecake, East Village, New York cheesecake, New York-style cheesecake, NY cheesecake, NY-style cheesecake, Pasticceria Rocco, Rocco, Veniero, Veniero's, West Village
De Robertis is now closed.
Happy St. Joseph’s Day! Two for Tuesday just happened to fall on St. Joseph’s Day, so the two are the two variations of St. Joseph’s Day treats–zeppole and sfinge. The zeppole are a kind of cream puff filled with custard cream, sometimes topped with a cherry (or not). These are Neapolitan treats (from Naples). Sfinge are also a type of cream puff with a cannoli-cream filling. These are Sicilian. I prefer the sfinge because I prefer the cannoli-cream filling. But both are good. My favorites are from Monteleone’s bakery in Jersey City, New Jersey (a few blocks from Journal Square).
Monteleone’s sfinge (l) and zeppole
This bakery goes way back and was the bakery where my dad’s family got their pastries.
(Little India is in this area in Jersey City, and it used to be largely Italian and Polish.) I also like the ones from Villabate bakery in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
In Manhattan, since there are fewer Italians living in the borough, the turnover for these is not as large as it is in the outer boroughs where you will wait on a line to get them. You can find them at Rocco on Bleecker Street in the West Village; Ferrara‘s, Caffe Roma (I’m guessing they have them–didn’t actually go), Cafe Palermo (ditto) in Little Italy; Bruno Bakery in Noho and Veniero’s
and De Robertis
in the East Village.
Ferrara zeppole (l) and sfinge
I got some at Ferrara in Little Italy. Another customer asked a waiter and counter staff for “St. Joseph’s Day” pastries, but no one knew what they were even though they were sitting on top of the pastry case. So I told him where they were. The times they are a changin’.
Veniero’s zeppole (l) and sfinge
I also got them at Veniero’s and De Robertis’s. If you are curious and want to try them, I’d say any Italian bakery in Manhattan is a good bet.
De Robertis zeppole (l) and sfinge
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Tagged bakery, Brooklyn, Bruno, De Robertis, Ferrara, Italian, Jersey City, Monteleone's, Neapolitan, ricotta, Rocco, sfinge, Sicilian, St. Joseph's Day, Veniero's, Villabate, zeppole