Well this year I'm cheating. An active ("devious" is a more appropriate word choice if I'm really going to be honest) three year old has made baking my usual10 varietties of Christmas cookies "challenging" enough, and the idea of frying in hot oil is a bit daunting...so I'm actually buying my struffoli this year. The majority of bakeries here bake the struffoli unfortunately, and the resulting flavor is lacking and the texture too light. My favorite bakery, handsdown, D'Aquila on Francis Lewis Blvd, offered in addition to their trays and trays of baked, a fried version by request this weekend. While it was certainly better than the baked, no one liked the addition of orange flavor from the candied orange peel they added to the honey mixture. I loved it, but the struffoli is more for my old-school relatives than myself.
So, the question remains...any favorite bakeries for my beloved fried honey ballls?