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Bronx Tale: A Day of Sweetness in Morris Park

Bronx Tale: Sweetness in Morris Park
For many, Arthur Avenue is the Italian mecca in the Bronx--affectionately known as the other (some say "true") Little Italy. However, as we recently discovered, it's not the only spot north of Manhattan for sweet Italian goodness. Enter Morris Park, " a roughly rectangular swath of the east Bronx...bordered on the south by Sacket Avenue, on the east by Eastchester Road, on the north by Neill Avenue and on the west by White Plains Road." Now, we'd heard that Morris Park was a good neighborhood for Italian bakeries, but once we saw that even the parking meters were decked out in the colors of the Italian flag (left), we knew it was true. Here's what we enjoyed in Morris Park, the other other Little Italy:

Conti's Pastry, Morris Park, BronxConti's Pastry, Morris Park, BronxMarble Pound Cake, Conti's Pastry, Morris Park, Bronx
Conti's Pastry: Conti's Pastry shop has been churning out sweetness since 1921, and clearly they're doing something right. The smell upon entering this shop was incredible, and the rows of baked goods in the cases were beautifully arranged and appealing. Keeping it simple we opted for the (huge!) marble pound cake. The buttery cake, threaded with bittersweet chocolate, was a dreamy, light and decadent bite all at once. 786 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx; 718-239-9339. Online at contispastryshoppe.com.


Doughnut from Enrico's, Morris Park, Bronx
Enrico's: Not far from Conti's, Enrico's Pastry Shop is perhaps a misnomer--while they do have a pastry case, the other items--breads, italian ices, take up a lot more space here. For some reason, the cookies weren't singing to us here--but the filled doughnuts, freshly frosted, were quite good, with no scrimping on the cream filling. 1057 Morris Park Ave., Bronx; (718) 823-7207.

Morris Park Bake shopLemon Cookie, Morris Park Bake ShopLemon Cookie
Morris Park Bake Shop: We've read mixed reviews online, citing that some of the employees aren't very friendly--however, we had a great experience here. The staff was beyond friendly, and more than willing to talk cookie with us. We chose a specialty which is common in New York but rarely seen in Seattle: the anginetti cookie. And oh, was it sugary, tart, sweet, and good. 1007 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10462, Morris Park; (718) 892-4968.


Morrone Bakery, BronxMorrone Bakery, BronxCannoli in the Bronx

Morrone Bakery: (Cakespy Note: Not to be confused with the late, much-loved Morrone Bakery of East Harlem--though it may be the same family?). They get points off for service (the employee seemed far more interested in text messaging than in talking about the origin of Italian tricolor cookies with us), but really, the attractively displayed and well-lit array of baked goods spoke for themselves. We settled on a cakey tricolor cookie and a few butter cookies. The butter cookies were nicely crumbly; the tricolor cake-cookie held its own--and was certainly a good-looking confection--but wasn't quite as good as the gussied-up version we picked up later the same day at How Sweet It Is in Manhattan. 1946 Williamsbridge Road; Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 828-8111; another location on Arthur Avenue.


How to get to Morris Park? We took the 5 train to the Morris Park stop. Check out more about the neighborhood here!




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Reader Comments (35)

I'm in heaven staring at all this!!!!

I think the biggest difference between Canada and America (well, 2nd-biggest, with healthcare being the 1st) is...FROSTING!

Oh my gosh y'all have so much frosting!

October 24 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I think the biggest difference between Canada and America (well, 2nd-biggest, with healthcare being the 1st) is...FROSTING!

Oh my gosh y'all have so much frosting!

October 24 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I think the biggest difference between Canada and America (well, 2nd-biggest, with healthcare being the 1st) is...FROSTING!

Oh my gosh y'all have so much frosting!

October 24 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Oh my goodness such beauty in those cakes - reaching out but can't quite grab hold of one :)

Rosie x

October 24 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

I really need to visit The Bronx more often.. Mmmmmmmmmm! There's nothing like getting Italian pastries from a good Italian neighborhood.

October 24 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Looks so yummmmmmy

October 26 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer DeDonato

Cakewardrobe: So happy to give you some happy memories! :-)

Lyns: Yes of course you can come on one of the journeys!

Courteous: My favorite ones!!!

Ricki: Come along whenever you want to cakewalk with us!

Jaimee: Eat dessert first then!

Chocolatecovered: You said it!

Louise: Awesome!! Hope you enjoyed your trip!!

Lollicakes: Fantastic!!!

Stickygooey: THAT IS AMAZING! What a great spot to have grown up! It actually sort of reminded me of the neighborhood I grew up in, in NJ, so it was a great spot to visit.

Tealady: What a sweet 600 pounds you'd weigh though.

Irene: The marble cake was amazing.

Clumbsy: I loved those meters too!

Veggiegirl: Heck yes.

TW: How fantastic! You've got to go to Morris Park and let us know how you think they compare!

Recipegirl: AWESOME! I Hope you are having / had a great time. Wonder if we passed each other on the street! I go to PP Market very often!

Caked Crusader: Thanks!

Sarah: YEA!

Snooky Doodle: No, I'd say it's unfortunate that you can't visit often!

EB: Yup, me too!

Andrea: You're welcome! I feel like I am more adventurous about visiting outer boroughs now that I don't live in NYC anymore. When I did live there, the bronx seemed so...far. But now I'm all about it!

Passionate: Thanks!

Proud Italian Cook: Me too!

Amanda: Well, perhaps it's us putting that slant on it too...we love frosting! :-)

Ashley: You're so right about that!

Jennifer: Oh it was!

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