When it comes to Italian delis in Baltimore, my heart belongs to DiPasquale’s. But, in the interest of time and discovering something a little more accessible from my office, I decided to try Piedigrotta Bakery. I had a friend meeting me for lunch and nothing was more appealing to us than an Italian sandwich followed by a pastry.
When you enter Piedigrotta Bakery, it’s clearly a bakery that has a few sandwich options. There are pastry cases filled with great looking Italian desserts. But before I could indulge in something sweet, I wanted a sandwich. I ordered the Prosciutto Sandwich which was massive. In addition to prosciutto, the sandwich had fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, lettuce, and then was drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. I could barely fit this sandwich in my mouth, but when I did, it was delicious. The meat was salty, the cheese was fresh and it was a great Italian Sandwich.
They also offer other food to-go, like a fluffy looking frittata, stuffed calzones, antipasto platters, and traditional Italian cookies.
The gnocchi, in particular, looked great, just like how Nonna used to make them.
When my friend and I finished our sandwiches, we each ordered a dessert. Apparently Piedigrotta Bakery is known for its Tiramisu and rumor has it that the owner, Carminantonio Iannaccone, invented this dessert in the 1960s while living in Italy. Personally I am not into Tiramisu, but my friend loved this and said she would order it again. Certainly worthy of the rumors around it.
For dessert, the foursquare tips highly recommended the Lobster Tail, so that’s what I ordered. This is a flaky puff pastry filled with custard. The custard was very sweet and I liked it a lot, but if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may find this to be too sweet.
My friend and I loved everything at Piedigrotta Bakery in Little Italy, I can’t wait to go back and try some other pastries.
Piedigrotta also offers gelato. We tried the coffee and stracciatella which is creamy vanilla gelato with layers of thin chocolate flakes. The coffee was strong with a smooth taste. The stracciatella was rich and we could tell it was made with real cream and was made in-house. However, in some bites it almost had too much chocolate which at times overwhelmed the simplicity of the vanilla.
The cozy ambiance of the bakery only adds to the experience. And we hear that if you ask nicely enough, Iannaccone will give you a tour of the bakery.
Piedigrotta Bakery is located at 1300 Bank St, in Little Italy.
To view a full menu, visit www.piedigrottabakery.net.
By Rachel Lipton