For all you transplants, like me, I wanted to let you know about a newly opened Italian cafe and bakery in Raleigh. It's called Cafe Buongiorno and is located in the Shoppes at Bedford - in the Bedford subdivision off Falls of the Neuse Road in North Raleigh. After the Raleigh area lost several Italian bakeries over the years, I think this one could be my salvation.
I happened upon this gem while my friend and I were house hunting in the area. It was a hot, sticky day and we saw the cafe and decided to pull in for the gelato they were advertising in the window. Walking it, I was gobsmacked when I was face to face with a pastry and cookie case the likes of which I haven't seen since my last trip back to New Jersey.
We did sample the homemade gelato - which was divine and offered in something like 20 flavors. But, I must tell you about the cookies - oh the cookies! The Italian seven layer cookies were absolute heaven! They've got jam-filled butter cookies dipped in chocolate, pignoli cookies and so may more - some of which I bought and they were incredible - others saved for later trips looked just as good. The pastries varied from custard-filled "lobster tails" to cheesecakes to my own weakness: sfogliatelle: a crispy clam-like shell stuffed with a baked ricotta cream with pieces of candied fruit inside. I could have died a very happy human that day.
For anyone who loves sweets - whether you're an Italian Northerner like me - or not. I highly recommend this place. You can get directions to Bedford here: http://www.bedfordtradition.com/direc...