You won’t be hard-pressed to find authentic Italian-American shops and bakeries in upstate New York. In fact, New York has the second largest Italian-American population. (New Jersey remains number one.) If you ever find yourself in need of a hunk of freshly cured genoa salami, a bottle of pure olive oil or a world-class dessert, then chances are you’ll get exactly what you want, upstate, at one of these family establishments.
Savoia Pastry Shoppe, Rochester
A legendary place. Using generations old family recipes. All pastries hand made. I suggest the Chocolate Almond Torte, a chocolate cake with a layer of almond paste and fudge topped with peanuts. First opened by Teresa and Michael Petrantoni in 1929, according to NewYorkUpstate.com.
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Scuteri’s Cannoli Connection, Watkins Glen
A venerable Italian bakery open for more than 45 years. Famed for their cannoli’s (obviously). They sell thousands a year. A large chocolate dipped cannoli for $3.25 is reason enough to visit this lovely Finger Lakes village.
Mario’s Brick Oven Bread, Hopewell Junction
Owner Mario Terranova came to America from Sicily over 30 years ago. He makes some of the most popular Italian bread in Dutchess County in a brick oven that he imported from “the old country.” Also rolls out homemade pastas. During the religious holidays prepare for a loooong wait to get inside for the goodies!