This intersection has always intrigued me, with Robertino's Italian bakery, Saleh's, Larsen's Danish Bakery, and Cascioppo Brothers Italian Meat Market all within a half-block vicinity.
Last night I had hot chocolate with a friend at Robertino's, and discovered that in addition to espresso and gelato and other desserts, they have a small menu of various pastas and antipasto. The proprietor (I assume Robertino) said they've been there for 14 years, and also cater parties. He spoke pridefully of their *real* tiramisu, with the mascarpone, ladyfingers, and coffee all imported from Italy. He brought his sister (the cook and baker) out to meet us; she spoke Italian, but I had a delightful "conversation" with her in my broken Spanish. The language of food is universal!
Has anyone sampled their menu? I'm heading back as soon as possible. What about Saleh's across the street? I think maybe they only have quick takeout, but haven't poked my head in to check. I've loved Larsen's since my college roommate worked her way through school there, and CasCioppo Brothers/Roxy's Deli has their well deserved reputation. Does anyone live near this intersection and frequent these little spots?