In an era where bakeries are disappearing, replaced by chain stores and mass produced supermarket products a real bakery is hard to find.
Our first morning on our first to Sicily we were given a choice of sweet or savory breakfast. I chose the savory and my husband, the sweet .
He was presented with an array of pastries highlighted by a large, round sugar coated pastry filled with cream. Not as sweet as a cannoli cream, more ricotta than custard. It was love at first bite. We never saw it again and not knowing it's name, we dubbed it the "donut" and began a relentless pursuit of it in NYC with no luck.
While driving down Austin Blvd on the way to Long Beach we saw the Agrigento Bakery sign and made a quick Uturn.
On entry we were immediately brought back to Sicily and saw exactly what we wanted. Its called the Iris. There's also an oblong more sugary coated version called a Cartoccho.
Since then every trip to Long Beach has a detour to get the Iris or Cartoccho .
You can even buy your own cannoli shells for filling or have them filled to order there. They also have a nice array of cookies and bread.
This is a family run bakery, owned an operated by real Sicilians and the kind of business that makes a quality product and gives good customer service.
Its worth a drive to Island Park.
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