Eat and Drink The oldest Italian bakeries and pastry shops in NYC By Georgia Kral Updated March 31, 2015 6:12 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Step back in time and give your taste buds a treat by visiting these bakeries and pastry shops. Italian breads and pastries are a true delight, and we're not surprised at all that so many of these business have been around for so long. Here are some of the city's oldest... (Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments!) Caffe Roma Pastry, 1891 Photo Credit: Facebook/ Caffe Roma Pastry This Little Italy institution is known for its sfogliatella (known as a lobster tail in the U.S.), pignoli cookies and other confections made in-house and for their larger-than-life cannolis. Stepping inside is like going back in time. 385 Broome St., 212-226-8413. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, 1892 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ terren in Virginia This showstopping spot is a favorite of tourists and locals alike, beloved for its "old-world ambience." All the specialties and favorites can be found, from cakes to cookies to cannolis. Ferrara is arguably the site of the first espresso bar in the United States and also claims it is the progenitor of the phrase "Holy Cannoli"! 195 Grand St., 212-226-6150, ferraranyc.com Veniero’s Italian Bakery, 1894 Photo Credit: venierospastry.com Original owner Antonio Veniero originally sold candy and espresso, but eventually got ovens and began making biscotti. By 1920, Veniero's was a full-fledged "pasticceria," specializing in cakes. Ambience is huge here, too. Don't miss the Neapolitan glass that decorates the ceiling. Imported, like the flavors and family-first vibe, from Italy. 342 E. 11th St., 212-674-7070, venierosnewyork.com Parisi Bakery, 1903 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Robyn Lee Joe Parisi opened the bakery at 198 Mott St. and the family-run business has been strong ever since. Now located at 290 Elizabeth St., the original location is the site of the family's delicatessen. Using 30-foot brick ovens, the bakery makes bread out of 2,000 pounds of dough each day. The bakery was reportedly a favorite of Frank Sinatra. 198 Mott St. and 290 Elizabeth St., 212-226-6378, parisibakery.com Caputo's Bake Shop, 1904 Photo Credit: YELP/ Samantha E. More of a bakery than a pastry shop, Caputo's is known all over South Brooklyn for its bread. The olive loaf is particularly tasty, with a crisp exterior, and the lard bread is widely hailed as being one of the best in the city. 329 Court St., Cobble Hill, 718-875-6871. Egidio Pastry Shop, 1912 Photo Credit: Facebook / Egidio Pastry Shop This Arthur Avenue staple has been a favorite for more than 100 years! Serving biscotti, classic Italian pastries and cookies and specialty cakes, the family-run business also serves espresso and coffees. Stop into the lovely cafe area when in the neighborhood. 622 E. 187th St., Belmont, 718-295-6077, egidiopastryshop.com Savarese Pastry, 1918 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ MissApril1956 The Savarese family came to New York from Naples and opened this bakery and pastry shop. In 1962, the Guira family, from the same region, took the business over. Savarese carries all the specialties, from cookies to cannolis, and they also do a brisk trade in gelato. 1368 60th St., Bensonhurst, 718-438-7770, savaresepastry.com Mazzola Bakery, 1933 Photo Credit: Mazzola Bakery Famous for many things, Mazzola Bakery is perhaps most well-known for its lard bread, made with Genoa salami, aged provolone and black pepper. Mazzola bakes on street level, so if you happen to be in Carroll Gardens at, say, 3 or 4 a.m., take a gander by and let the wondrous smells carry you away. 192 Union St., Carroll Gardens, 718-643-1719. La Guli, 1937 Photo Credit: Facebook / La Guli This Astoria pastry shop has been in the same location for 80 years! All the Italian pastries are handmade and the bakery provides to many local restaurants and businesses. Get your Italian cookies, Italian ices, gelato, specialty cases and Easter treats here. 29-15 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria. 718-728-5612, laguli.com Circo's Pastry Shop, 1945 Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol Circo's Pastry Shop in Bushwick is still going strong. Stop in for all the classic Italian specialties, from rainbow cookies to cream puffs to tiramisu. 312 Knickerbocker Ave., 718-381-2292, circospastryshop.com Court Pastry Shop, 1948 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ wordridden Court Pastry Shop, run by the Zerilli family, is a favorite in South Brooklyn. In the summer there are lines for ices sold out of a window; at the holidays there are cakes, cookies and more, and everyday there are sfogliatella and cannolis. 298 Court St., Cobble Hill, 718-875-4820. Parisi Bakery, 1969 Photo Credit: Facebook / Parisi Bakery Another Parisi Bakery, this one over the river in Astoria, is also a classic. Parisi specializes in Artisan Italian breads and baked goods, and boasts 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals. 30-17 Broadway, Astoria, 718-728-5282, parisibakeryastoria.com Cafe La Bella Ferrara, 1970 Photo Credit: Tina Leggio Not to be confused with Ferrara Bakery nearby, La Bella Ferrara also serves Italian specialties like cannoli and espresso. La Bella closed in 2013 only to reopen a year later! 108 Mulberry St., 212-966-7867 Rimini Pastry Shop, 1973 Photo Credit: famousriminibakery.com A Bensonhurst institution, Rimini makes all its own pastries, cakes and cookies. Try the Italian-style cheesecake. famousriminibakery.com Caffe Palermo, 1973 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ kingeroos Caffe Palermo, the "Cannoli King," is responsible for the annual cannoli-eating contest held at the San Gennaro Festival. Hailed by many as the best place for the cream-filled treat in the city. 148 Mulberry St., 212-431-4205, caffepalermo.com Pasticceria Bruno, 1973 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Robyn Lee Pasticceria Bruno has been a family business since opening. And they have thrived: after opening on LaGuardia Place, they opened two more locations. While they no longer operate in Manhattan, it is still a family business. The bakery also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1650 Hylan Blvd., Dongan Hills, Staten Island, and 676 Forest Ave., West New Brighton, Staten Island. pasticceriabruno.com Pasticceria Rocco, 1974 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ traveleden Like many Italian bakeries, Rocco's has been family-owned since opening. A second location opened in Bay Ridge last year. Both locations serve traditional Italian food as well. 243 Bleecker St., 212-242-6031 and 9402 Fourth Ave., Bay Ridge, 718-745-2590, roccos.nyc Fortunato Brothers, 1976 Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Robyn Lee Three brothers from Italy opened this shop, which is an institution in the Italian-heavy area of Williamsburg. All the classics are here, and also Baba Rum and fruit tarts and turnovers. 289 Manhattan Ave., Williamsburg, fortunatobrothers.com Villabate Alba, 1979 Photo Credit: Georgia Kral This beloved Bensonhurst bakery has been run by the Alaimo family for 40 years. Known for their sfincis and zeppoles, Villabate has holiday treats galore. They take this business seriously! 7001 18th Ave., Bensonhurst, 718-331-8430, villabate.com By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Di Palo's: the story behind the store, the family and the foodLou Di Palo has written a book about the family business. Secrets of Little ItalyThe birthplace of the meatball, a shoe store with mafia ties and more. Zeppoles vs. Sfincis: Which Italian pastry are you?Ricotta or custard, that is the question. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.