Last weekend I went to New York City and had a great time. Everything was all decorated for Christmas and the streets were crowded with excited travelers who were there for the same reason that I was. Despite the rain and 40 degree temperatures the city was alive and I took full advantage!
Although most of the time was spent running around and sightseeing like true tourists with my long-time and dear friend Carol, I also got to spend an afternoon with my son and his girlfriend.
Carol met her niece for lunch and Brian and Candace and I wandered around the East Village.
Probably the best pasticceria outside of Italy is Veniero’s on East 11th Street and First Avenue. This pastry shop has been here since 1894 and is on its fourth generation of family owners. The place is huge and we decided to sit down and casually enjoy a cup of cappuccino and something sweet.
I knew I was going to have a cannoli while I was in New York and this was definitely the perfect places to have one. However after checking out the gelato counter in the back of the store I was very tempted. So I solved the problem by ordering a stracciatella gelato and a cannoli to take home.
This had to be to best gelato I have had in the U.S. hands down. I usually am disappointed since it never is quite as good or sometimes doesn’t even come close to what I experienced in Italy. This was so creamy and delicious. It was perfetto!
When I left I talked to the man at the gelato counter, complimenting him on the gelato. When he informed me that a man named Angelo makes the gelato, and that Angelo is from Sicily, then it all made sense. It takes an Italian from Sicily to make great gelato in the U.S.!
Veniero’s is open from 8am till midnight every day and on the weekends till 1am! One time I was there close to 1am with my son a few years ago , and the place was packed. That’s another thing I love about NYC! It never closes and it never sleeps!