Last week I visited some old time Italian bakeries on Franklin St. in Hartford. Checked out two of them - bought a nice assortment of cookies at Modern Pastry on 422 Franklin. (860) 296-7628
Especially liked the amaretti and their fruit tarts looked pretty good also. They also had ices and gelato, coffee drinks, etc
Then we went down the street to Mozzicato de Pasquales on 329 Franklin Ave. (860) 296-0426 where we bought a lemon tart and a slice of focaccia w/spinach. Their cookies looked good also. The lemon tart was good in a hearty way - I've had more delicate ones but the flavor was good. The focaccia has lots of tasty spinach. They also had ices/gelato and many cakes, plus coffee drinks. I will have to go back in the future to do some more comparisons.