Treat yourself and feel the amore at Piccione Pastry, which describes itself as a “late-night pastry shop that embraces the time-honored traditions in Italian baking.” Located in the bustling, dining district The Loop, Piccione opened in 2013 but has a history with the area going much further back – 100 years or so, in fact. Grace “Nonna” Viviano Piccione, whose surname means pigeon in Italian, and her family were prominent in The Loop’s early theater development in the mid-1900s.
“My father named Piccione after his grandmother and opened here five-and-a-half years ago because of The Loop’s influence on our family and because of the opportunity he saw to revitalize the area,” says front-of-house manager Ricky Nix. “We’re mainly an Italian bakery – for people who crave good Italian pastries and authentic Italian baking.”
Piccione Pastry’s wares include its best-selling cannoli: The flaky fried shells are filled with traditional ricotta filling, plus a lighter and sweeter signature version. Piccione also sells flavored cannoli such as gooey butter cake, chocolate chip, Marsala black cherry and pistachio.
The shop’s wares include its best-selling cannoli: The flaky fried shells are filled with traditional ricotta filling, plus a lighter and sweeter signature version. Piccione also sells flavored cannoli such as gooey butter cake, chocolate chip, Marsala black cherry and pistachio. Plus, around the holidays, you can order a $15 do-it-yourself mini cannoli kit that comes with empty shells, a piping bag of filling and various toppings and sprinkles.
Bring your buon appetite with you: Other small-batch, scratch-made indulgences at Piccione include gelato, cookies like orange-pistachio shortbread and raspberry thumbprints, and pastries and cakes like flaky sfogliatella riccia and 80-proof Bundt cake in rum or chocolate-vodka flavors. And the Piccione family wants to ensure you don’t leave hungry – also on offer are Italian brunch and lunch favorites such as bomboloni(yeast-based donuts), ricotta pancakes, pizzettes and paninis.