Monday, April 14, 2008

Dolce Italia - Pastries with Pizzazz

Dolce Italia - 36-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)

Some of you might have observed that I'm partial to sweets--in fact, my meal isn't complete without a lovely sweet finish. And that's why on Saturday, I took a walk over to a delightful Italian bakery and pastry shop on Ditmars called Dolce Italia. I admit I've passed over this sweet shop in the past but after my delicious experience, I will never make that mistake again.

Founder, owner and Desserts Diva, Josephine DiMarco runs this shop. A perfect ambassador for her business--she's experienced and super passionate about her sweet sensations. Pastries and bread have been in her family for generations and her brother also owns a successful bakery in Queens called Lulu's. Josephine's Dolce is unique in that it offers creative renditions of staple desserts--think Nutella filled Linzer Tarts, Nutella Turnovers, Rainbow Cookie Cake and even Hazelnut-Chocolate Cannolis.

Aside from the yummy pastries, don't skip out on Dolce's flavorful coffee. It's incredibly fresh tasting and considerably different from the other neighborhood brews.

Here's a sampling of their sweet selections and wallet-friendly prices.

Cakes (custom options for special occasions are available): $18 and up

Danishes and Muffins: $1.50

Cookies and Pastries: (look out for their super puffy black and white cookies) $2.50 and up

Bread (they also serve specialty olive and prosciutto bread): $.50 - $4.50

Coffee: $1.25 -$4.00

The staff here is hospitable and the atmosphere is very family oriented. Stop in for a quick coffee and pastry or get an impressive loaf of specialty bread to feast on.


  1. when were you there?! holy cats i work there!

    ms jones

  2. No way! I was there this past Saturday at 1:30ish. I met with Josephine--she's great!

  3. A great place, with a ton of variety, and more than a few original ideas on dessert. Highly recommended. (dan.)



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