Known for staying open late, Piccione Pastry showcases a wide array of Italian desserts, including handmade cannolis, cakes and cookies. Pronounced “pa-cho-nee,” meaning pigeon in Italian, we sought out this Delmar Loop favorite to try a holiday-themed treat.
The pastry shop is festive this time of year. Ornaments and holiday decorations were already in place when we arrived around noon on Saturday.
The atmosphere of the bakery got us in the mood for the holidays. There were also festive bird-inspired decorations, keeping in line with the Piccione family’s Italian heritage.
Many customers bustled through the shop, but it wasn’t overly busy or loud. The bakery has lots of windows that let in natural light in addition to their inside lighting.
There are tables so you can sit and eat inside. In the additional seating area, there are board games you can play at your table. It’s certainly a college-friendly bakery.
The display case is filled with treats upon treats, which can be slightly intimidating, but the helpful and attentive staff make choosing a pastry easier. They also sell ice cream from Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery and Kaldi’s Coffee.
We bought the crazy cannoli of the week: gingerbread. There are bits of gingerbread cookies on the outside as well as inside of the cannoli. It has a reminiscent taste of fresh holiday cookies from grandma’s house, while the filling has a similar taste to cheesecake. The treat tasted just like Christmas and only cost $4.95. While this is a fair price, Piccione Pastry is even more budget-friendly on Tuesdays when their cannolis are half-price.
We also tried the black cherry cannoli and a chocolate pinwheel cookie. All treats were made well, the flavors were balanced and left us feeling satisfied.
Ultimately, the pastries purchased put everyone in a better mood. Another special treat, aside from their cannolis, is watching the cannolis being made by hand behind the counter. Throughout the day you can catch one of their bakers creating the cannoli shells, mixing the batter and cooling fresh pastries out of the oven at a workstation behind the showcase. It’s cool to watch.
Most bakeries close early, but Piccione Pastry closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. If you have a chance to stop by, it’s highly recommended.
The Gingerbread Cannoli at Piccione Pastry.