i know there a million italian bakeries in brooklyn, mainly in bensonhurst, carroll gardens, cobble hill, and east wiliamsburg, that offer pastries, breads, and gelato/sorbets.
my question: which are the best of the bunch? if one bakery is notable for their pastries but not their gelato (or vice versa), i'd love to know.
here are some places i've heard about but have never been to--wondering if any of you can comment on these places (or any others i haven't listed) as far as their strengths or specialties. thanks!
-Alba 18th Avenue Pastry Shop
7001 18th Avenue at 70th Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
-Court Pastry Shop
Court Street at DeGraw Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
289 Manhattan Avenue at Devoe Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
-Galifi Pastry Shoppe
13th Avenue at 79th Street, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Court Street between Union and President Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
-Villabate Pasticceria & Bakery
7117 18th Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn