Savarese Italian Pastry Shop, a staple of Bensonhurst’s Italian dessert scene, is celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary next year.
We’ve already named Savarese one of the five best gelato spots in Bensonhurst — but there’s so much more to this corner bakery than just incredible Italian ice cream.
For example, they have an enormous list of cakes and specialty wedding cakes, dizzying rows of cookies and Italian pastries like sfogliatelle, pasticiotti, cannoli, tiramisu, napoleons, fruit cakes, and much more.
Way too hungry to restrain myself, I dove in with a sample of cookies that I pointed to in the long glass counter (extra props for the patient server who stayed with me as I hemmed and hawed over the selection).
I couldn’t leave the shop without ordering one of the delicate looking pastries like this Elephant Ear (or is it a Bear Claw?) drizzled with frosting and glistening with a sweet glaze. The dough was light and flaky, the perfect combination of fluffy and sticky.
This sweet-tooth oasis opened in 1918 by the Savarese family, who came to Brooklyn from Naples.
In 1962, the Giura family took over the shop and cemented its reputation for authentic old-world recipes and a foodie destination.
In a changing local climate where small businesses can struggle to stay afloat, Savarese is a true gem — especially when you’re on your way to a party with lots of people to feed!