Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A Late After-Dinner Snack at Gian Piero's
I'm happy to say that part of this past weekend included eating great food and hanging with good friends. Spending Sunday night dinner at Mombar, Dan and I along with friends, Chris and Joanna enjoyed a lovely Egyptian meal, only to continue shortly after at Gian Piero's bakery for a little sweet snack. The truth was that Joanna was looking for good bread and I craved to show her the Pane di Casa at this awesome Italian bakery. But who was I kidding? We came by way too late, only to see that the best of the best was sadly picked over. No matter...we dug into the dessert they still had, including the following:
Italian Cheesecake with Ricotta Cheese - While American style cheesecake is often very heavy and leaves you feeling super full, the Italian version is totally different, as it's made with ricotta cheese instead of traditional cream cheese. I adored Gian Piero's version, which was really moist and airy and had a nice, slightly browned crust, which held the cheese together quite well. Each bite was pure decadence, but again not in a totally gluttonous way. I tasted some nice, fresh flavors of lemon zest too, which added to its authenticity and overall deliciousness.
Chocolate Mousse Cake - Dan ordered this beautifully colorful cake, which had the piece-de-resistance rainbow cookie on top, which he adores so much. Although it looked quite pretty, I had the chance to taste it and wasn't impressed. Unlike a good mousse, this one wasn't too light and felt a bit too buttery. The chocolate flavor was quite nice and pronounced but overall, it wasn't a smooth dessert and I felt that it failed on execution.
Service and Cost:
As usual, the staff here are friendly and do a nice job of helping you right away. They were apologetic about a few key items like the bread and cannolis being sold out, but they accommodated us with other goodies.
Costs are really affordable and for 3 treats, including the two I mentioned above as well as a rum torte, we paid a total of $6.75.
Gian & Piero Bakery - 44-17 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11103
N/Q Train to 30th Avenue