Had I not know better I would have been satisfied with this pastry shop.
In the few days before my visit here, I ended up speaking with a three locals that all said the same thing: “Maria Grammatico used to be the best, but they’ve started making their pastries industrially and they can now be purchased pretty much anywhere.” These same locals then went on to recommend that we go a few doors down to Pasticceria San Carlo which, as they said, “still does it the old fashioned way” (see my review).
As they are literally on the same block, we decided to do a comparative “taste test”.
Maria Grammatico is open all day, is brighter, welcoming and more modern. It has more variety, even serving ice cream, and staff behind the counter is young, vivacious and speaks English. The pastries are fairly priced and are very good.
San Carlo is closed from 1pm to 330pm, is small and dated, has less variety and the lady behind the counter is in her 80’s and speaks only Italian.
That being said the crown for better tasting and more authentic pastries definitely goes to San Carlo.
There is nothing wrong with Maria Grammatico, but for the real deal you need to go a few doors down.
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