176 1st Ave (10th & 11th St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 674-7137
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Italian
Area: East Village
Walking into De Robertis is a real blast from the past. Established in 1904, this Italian pastry shop still maintains that turn-of-the- century feel with its glass counters, tin ceiling, beveled mirrors and tiled floors. While it could use a bit of sprucing up, it remains a symbol of old New York.
The owners also like to show off their storied past. Photos above the counter showcase stars and boxing sensations, including autographed pictures of a young Mike Tyson and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.
There really is no better judge of an Italian bakery than the ability to make a proper cannoli, and Di Robertis did not disappoint. The cannoli shell was fresh with a nice crunch. It was fille with a sweet ricotta cream and sprinkled with bits bright green pistachios. It went perfectly with a frothy macchiato served in a clear glass cup. I also took home a few chocolate mirengue cookies loaded with hazelnuts. You will also find an assortment of cheesecakes, gelato and tortoni.
Di Robertis is the perfect spot for a break from the daily grind, or dessert after a dinner out.
Review By: Thomas Rafael