Tuesday, May 13, 2008

La Guli - It's Like Going Back in Time

La Guli Pastry Shop - 29-15 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)

La Guli has been an Astorian institution for over 71 years--in fact, it still operates from its original location. An endearing pastry shop serving all your favorite sweet essentials, they offer custom cakes, pastries, cookies, gelato and everything in between. My mom and I walked in on Mother's Day to get a treat for my dad and our attention was immediately caught by the colorful marzipan fruit and the impressive-looking cannolis. Besides that, the entire shop was decked with all sorts of Mother's Day paraphernalia such as chocolate lollipops, cakes and even custom packages of chocolate covered strawberries.

I have to be frank, La Guli is pricey but the quality of their treats is so great that I highly recommend it. Here's a sampling of their goodies. A beautiful thing which has to be mentioned is that they sell homemade gelato all year round--not many pastry shops in the area could say the same.

Gelato (various flavors including chocolate, hazelnut and pistachio): $2.50 per scoop

Cannolis (regular or chocolate dipped): $2.25 - $2.50

Marzipan fruit: $22 per pound or $3.50 per piece

Apple Lattice Square: $1.75

Custom Cakes for Birthdays, Weddings or other Special Occasions: Individually priced

I highly recommend their cannolis and gelato--the scoops are large and I'm usually good with just one. They stay open pretty late both on weekdays (9p) and weekends (8p on Sunday).

If you want to treat yourselves to a delicious dessert in a nostalgic atmosphere, check out La Guli Pastry Shop.

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