"Trust me," MacGuffin promises, "you haven't had cannoli until you've tried Mondial's." Into a nice crisp shell, this Bensonhurst bakery pipes "just the most perfect, barely sweet filling you've ever tasted with a few chocolate chips and pistachios." And it does so only to order, something too many places no longer do. "I take the D train from Manhattan for their pastry," MacGuffin says. "I don't think anything in the city comes close."
For another essential Italian sweet, the rainbow cookie, Farfalle's go-to spot is Palermo Pastry Shop in Flatlands. He grew up with these cookies, still samples them a couple of times a year, and swears they're as good as ever: "they are incredibly moist, made on the premises and have all the right flavors." Like Mondial's cannoli, he says, Palermo's rainbow cookies blow away the competition in Manhattan and are well worth a crosstown trek. Its pignoli and almond-paste cookies are also terrific, erica adds.
In Park Slope, Trois Pommes Patisserie makes a marvelous chocolate coconut custard pie. Barry Strugatz tried a slice ("amazing") and wound up getting a whole pie.
7802 20th Avenue (at 78th Street), Brooklyn
Palermo Pastry Shop [Flatlands]
5517 Avenue N (at E. 55th Street), Brooklyn
Trois Pommes Patisserie [Park Slope]
260 Fifth Avenue (between Carroll Street and Garfield Place), Brooklyn