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PDX - Di Prima Dolci

Jill-O | Jun 28, 200403:19 PM

I went to DiPrima Dolci on 1936 N. Killingworth on Sat. I met and chatted a bit with Pat DiPrima - really nice woman...made me homesick, though!

The pignoli are fabulous. They are big cookies for $1.15 or so and crisp on the outside, with lots of pine nuts, and chewy coconut macaroon on the inside. They also had another favorite of mine, ribbon cookies (some call 'em rainbow cookies), which they call tricolore cookies because they make them green white and red, like the flag. They are cakelike with a bit of jam between the colored cake layers and a layer of choclate on top. Also a big version of what I'm used to, at $1 or so each, and also good - though not as good as the pignolis. I think I like the bigger cookies sold each than the small ones by the pound like in NYC.

The other thing I tried was a special...she was making zeppole to order (3 for $1)! Think blob o' funnel cake or amorphous beignets. Who the heck doesn't like fried dough just hot out of the oil with a blizzard of powdered sugar?? Yum!

They also had sfogliatelle (crispy triangular-shaped pastry, a bit larger than the palm of an outstretched hand, made from a ricotta batter), which are not a favorite of mine so I didn't get one. They looked good, but kind of flat instead of puffy. They had a huge variety of biscotti, which I like OK, but you can find good biscotti almost anywhere these days.

I said to Pat, "If you had napoleons, I might have been reduced to tears." She then told me that she had been thinking about adding them to her rotation. I told her to go for it and that I'd be back, even though I lived nowhere near the joint.

I think it's worth checking out and I think you should go and meet Pat DiPrima. Just be aware that the choices are few and it feels more like a NW coffeehouse than a NY/NJ area Italian bakery. The hike from SE PDX is worth it to me for the pignolis alone, but only you can determine if it is worth it to you...


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