There is a new Italian Bakery in town: Dolce & Salato. I never hid the fact that I was not impressed by Carlo’s Bakery that, for me, gained success thanks to its TV show, The Cake Boss, rather than to its pastries. No, for me, the best Italian Bakery is Giorgio’s Uptown Hoboken. Old school, it is consistently good. So I was curious to try Dolce & Salato, located on Grand Street. Result of the passion for Italy from Maurizio Dolce, Michael Nirchio and Brian Mazzei, it proposed not just pastries, but also various Italian products like cheese (not just Italian by the way: I saw a cheddar), olive oil, pasta, etc. Salads and panini. Here are some of the items that was had there:
Our first visit (yes, we had several), we got their rainbow cookie, cannoli and lobster tail. All were very good, tasted fresh, but I admit that my favorite was the lobster tail, a flakey dough filled with Bavarian and whipped cream.
The second time, we tried a sprinkle cookie and the sfogliatela that was filled with a cream based on ricotta. The sfogliatela was good, but not as good as that lobster tail.
The third time, we went for lunch. We started the meal with the eggplant caponata that was superb and a nice appetizer.
The second appetizer was the Sicily, a salad made with burrata, arugula and tomato. The burrata was deliciously creamy in the center, dusted with salt and drizzled with olive oil.
Then we got salads. The first one was the verde or green salad, made with various greens and tomato. It was good but felt a bit like a repeat of the previous salad.
The second salad was the pear and goat cheese that was good also but could have had more pear in it. However, the candied walnuts they put are sublime. They definitely elevated a salad that could have been boring without them.
Of course we could not end the meal with some treats that I accompany with a double espresso and Jodi with a tea.
We had, again, that sublime lobster tail, but also the torta della Nonna, or grandma’s tart, made with a lemon custard and pignoli. It was good but not as good as that lobster tail.
Still, I am still raving about Dolce & Salato and trust me: it is not the last time you will see me there! There are so many pastries I’d like to try, especially their Nutella bomba that is an Italian donut filled with Nutella. Each time we went, they were out of it...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Dolce & Salato - 1101 Grand St, Hoboken, NJ 07030