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Villa Bella in Lindenhurst, NY

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Villa Bella in Lindenhurst, NY

Paul Trapani | Oct 17, 2002 01:31 AM

I had posted about this Sicilian Bakery a while ago (see below) and raved about their gelato and ices. I was in their recently and was sad to see that there was no gelato or ices in the freezer, so I asked if they only made them in the summer and was assured that no they still made the gelato and ices, they were just so busy that day they didn't have a chance to put them out. If you haven't checked this place out yet, you now have even more reason to, because they now make rice balls. Their rice balls are made with a savory chicken broth and saffron rice, instead of rice with tomato sauce which I normally prefer, but the rice and filling were both very good. The breading was a bit oily, but not so that you couldn't eat it (and even if you can't, take it off and enjoy the rice and meat). They also had focaccia and prosciutto bread.

I also tried the pastries on this visit. I had a marscopone cheese mini cake topped with a berry and my girlfriend had a chocolate mousse mini cake. Both were amazingly fresh, delicious, great to look at and filling. On top of all that they're only two dollars each. A word of advice, get some espresso, because you'll need something bitter to cut the sweetness. These are pastries in the true Sicilian style -- unapologetically rich and sweet.

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