We absolutely love our close proximity to Arthur Avenue, but sometimes we don't feel like dealing with the crowds over there if we just need one or two items. We find if you don't get your business done over there by about 10am on a Saturday/Sunday, you may as well forget it. Parking's a mess, and lines are out the doors of some reputable bakeries, specialty shops and delicatessens.
Thanks to our friend Rosamaria, we have two new options for bakery items and bread that can be found outside of the ever-popular Little Italy strip. We've actually been having issues finding good cannoli on Arthur Avenue/187th Street (we're open to any recommendations y'all may have). We used to love Egidio's on 187th, but one day they sold us yesterday's cannoli and we haven't forgotten the slight. We've tried cannoli from some other spots in the area, but just haven't found that one place that's perfect...until now.
One of Rosamaria's recommendations was Sal & Dom's bakery (1108 Allerton Avenue at Yates Avenue, 718-515-3344) - she wholeheartedly recommended the napoleons there, but we were specifically in the market for cannoli and some butter cookies. Holy good Lord, did Sal & Dom's deliver! The butter cookies were so fresh they were just shy of actually crumbling in your fingers (in a good way). The cannoli was freshly prepped to order and was exactly what we've been searching for. The service was fast and friendly. It was really refreshing to have some nice folks behind the counter, because I find that oftentimes the employees at the bakeries on Arthur Avenue can be overly focused on speedily serving the masses and are a bit snippy.
After hitting Sal & Dom's we took a trip over to Morris Park to try Scaglione Brothers' Bakery & Deli (1078 Morris Park Avenue, 718-892-1736) for some sandwiches and Italian bread. First of all, Morris Park is just great fun to walk around. All the houses are impeccably maintained, and all the neighbors are outside gabbing with one another. The atmosphere in Scaglione Brothers' was just as good - everyone knew each other and it was a nice change from the anonymity that comes with the weekend crowds from Westchester and CT that flock to Arthur Avenue. The sandwiches we ordered were awesome and the bread we got to go with our dinner was great as well. The best way I can describe their bread is that it's pretty dense - there's nothing light and fluffy about it, and that's a good thing. An added bonus is that Scaglione Brothers' is right next door to the famed Patricia's pizza place - we're definitely going to stop in for a meal next time we're over there.