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Fiorini's Pasticciere much better than Emporio Rulli

Krys Stanley | Jan 28, 200503:53 PM

Their bomba is outstanding. It is a tiny, yeasty donut filled with custard and rolled in sugar that is little larger than a donut hole.

Located a block from the Sonoma town square, this Tuscan Panoninteca, Caffetteria amd Pasticciere has been opend just over a year. Link below.

You can accompany your light lunch with an Italian beer or glass of wine. There is a daily house made soup like minnestrone with rosemary or tortelini with white beans.

The star is the bakery. Check out the cake link on their site for the astounding list of cakes with some pictures. From what I have tried, the taste is stellar.

They had two types of Sfogliatelle today. Some of the cream filled baked goods included A chocolate covered mound called capezzoli and a something that looked like a donut called ciambella.

Like Rulli, there is a large assortment of tiny Italian cookies like amaretti, pinoli, fig rolls, ricciarello, Florentines, ginger/raisin cookies, anise and almond biscottie, plus many more. When I entered the shop, it was filled with the pleasant smell of anise.

There was a loaf cake like polentina. The Torta del Nonna was a large flat disk filled with custard and decorated with whole almonds. There was also a large round almond tart sprinkled with confectionary sugar.

I bought their budino de riso, but haven’t tried it yet. The tender little fruit cookie was amazing, fabulous fig cookie and lovely anise biscotti. My favorite so far was the Ricciarele, dusted with confectioners sugar with a crisp exterior and chewy interior. Don’t miss this one.

They also have panetonne. The bags of their house coffee is roasted by Malvina.

They also have a nice selection of éclairs, hazelnut, cream filled and custard filled. What I really liked about this shop is that many of the items came in mini and regular sized. So you could get a mini éclair or ciambella. When I mentioned what a good idea that was to the woman at the shop, she said they did party platters with the tiny sized pasteries.

The web site has pictures that capture the look of the place nicely. There are also Italian wines and other goods for sale. There is a huge collection of Italian glass purses that can be used as vases or as cookie jars.

Massimo "Max" Fiorini learned the baking business in Lucca where he grew up. For 20 years he was the part owner of Victoria Pastry in North Beach. This shop is in a whole different league from Victoria pastry.

On the web site Fiorini says “I love doing my own personal Lucca-style pastries and delicacies here in Sonoma, since Sonoma is so rich in Italian heritage and there is nowhere else to get what we are doing here,". Check out the web site below.

You can have top of the line food in Sonoma without having to take out a loan. A lovely place for a nice lunch.



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