“Let’s face it. I am a sucker for a cannoli.
Honestly, I’m a sucker for most sweets but cannolis REALLY speak to me. There’s just something about that smell when you go in for your first bite. The crispy shell with the perfectly sweetened pastry cream create something special. Perhaps it’s the 1/32 of Italian in my blood. More than likely, it’s because this place knows what they’re doing.
I think the location is spot-on. Parking super close behind The Pageant so if you just want to run in and pick items to go, you can be in and out. The atmosphere was clean and warm and the employees greet and serve you quickly.
I was so distracted by variety of choices I didn’t even get to look at the coffee selection. This would be such a nice place to drink espresso and biscotti on a Sunday morning reading a book, but I digress.
Aside from the cannolis (I like chocolate chip), here’s my recommendation:
Bomboloni’s (donuts with cinnamon sugar)
Italian pound cake (do it)
Strawberry Cassata Cake (kind of like tres leches but Italian style)
….and it’s open late! It’s nice to have an alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt when you have a sweet tooth and that alone deserves 5 stars.”
– Brie (Yelp)
“Oh my gluten-free goodness! Piccione Pastry has gluten-free cannoli and they are FREAKING FANTASTIC!!! The hubby and I swung in here last night on our date night. I had heard there might be some sweet things a Celiac could eat here and boy were there. They can fill the gluten-free cannoli (they keep them separated behind the counter to avoid cross-contamination – ask for them) with most of their special flavors, just not their “signature” ones. I figured I’d start with the basic traditional vanilla bean. It was, umm ya… FREAKING FANTASTIC!! I can’t wait to come back again and try the other flavors. They also had coconut macaroons and meringues. I grabbed a meringue to go but only made it down the block before diving in. Cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside, chewing on the inside and dusted with cane sugar. O.M.G.
Gluten-free folks, this is the real deal. Go. Support this place and get your sugar fix!”
”I just cannot get enough of this little Italian bakery! Located on the corner of Skinker and Delmar, Piccione is dangerously close to where I live and definitely a welcome addition to my dessert rotation. I went here one night when I decided that I needed a pastry after dinner (shocking!), and I’d been meaning to see what the fuss was about. First of all, I’m a sucker for Italian-themed anything, so I was pretty much sold before any transactions were made. The bakery has lots of room to dine in and enjoy your treats, so that’s exactly what we did (although I’m generally more prone to taking dessert to go and eating it in bed in my footie pajamas). I got the fruit tart, my PIC opted for the chocolate chip cannoli. Both were incredible- I understand why the baker behind these masterpieces was like “yeah, I should open a bakery because I’m really really good at making delicious treats”.
I seriously cannot wait to go back here and try everything else. This would be a great place to grab a box of treats and surprise your coworkers (or tell that to the person behind the counter, but really eat them all in the car by yourself), or order a few dozen of something for a cute little party! … Okay, now I’m craving pastries at 6:50am. I’m off to go wait outside the door until they open.”
”My goodness. Piccione Pastry is a delight.
I found myself craving baked goods one weekend night after dinner and had resigned myself to an evening of longing for sugar and carbs, as most bakeries I’m familiar with close well before dinnertime. Enter Piccione, which bucks the trend by opening later in the day, 11 am, and closing late in the evening (9 pm or 11 pm, depending on the day. They’re closed on Mondays).
And I instantly regretted not coming here sooner. I also regret stuffing my face with multiple giant buttery pastries pumped full of sugary cream, all in one sitting, to the point where I almost made myself ill. Clearly I have no self-control. But let that be a testament to just how GOOD Piccione is at making pastry.
*Sfogliatella Riccia is delicious–get it get it get it. It has a satisfying, layered crunch of crisp, buttery pastry, and the orange and ricotta filling is actually lighter and less sweet than the Piccione cream filling you’ll find in other pastries. To me, it’s just right for dessert, but others may prefer it for breakfast the next day. You’ll find that the texture is perfect for both.
*Coda D’Aragosta is not on the menu yet, but think those crème-curl pastries you can get at the store, only elevated to the level of awesome and enlarged by like ten times. The filling, although delicious, was much too sweet for my palate. Halfway through it got to be a little too much…if you’re looking to split dessert with someone, this would probably be a good one to share.
*Pecan Butter Crescents literally MELT in your mouth. I’m pretty sure my eyes rolled back and I was muttering nonsensical words of joy and unbridled happiness at this point, but I am definitely trying more of their cookies the next time I’m there. They’re $9/lb..
You can get your treats in a to-go box or in paper boat trays…I do wish they had more options for people planning to enjoy/share their pastries there, like plates and cutlery…but I guess most people aren’t like me and do exercise self-restraint by taking their treats home with them, not pigging out in the moment. If you do stay to eat, there’s huge tables, additional seating in the back, and free water, all huge plusses in my book.
Believe me–this place is worth the extra miles on the treadmill.”