Tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries, towering cakes and ricotta cannoli define the Isgro experience. This expansive Italian Market bakery plates up an overwhelming number of delectables to choose from—and you can smell the sweetness from blocks away. Pay particular attention to the bakery during holidays, when a fleet of Easter Bunny chocolates fill the display cases and, at Christmas, an actually appetizing fruit cake appears to the delight of grannies everywhere. Order on weekdays, as Italian Market crowds pile up on weekends.
In the quest for bakeries, Philadelphia has something delicious for every kind of sweet tooth. For starters, this city does classic Italian pastries like no other. The decadent, ricotta-filled cannoli at a handful of South Philly bakeries, for instance, will have your Sicilian nona doing back flips. But your options don’t stop at the Italian varieties. Fresh—and creatively flavored—doughnuts are being trayed up daily in kitchens from West Philly to popular Philadelphia attractions like the Reading Terminal Market. Those with dietary restrictions are covered, too, thanks to a new wave of pastry chefs whipping up mouthwatering treats like vegan cookie sandwiches and gluten-free carrot cake. Then there’s the baklava, brownies, rugelach… the choices could go on and on. This list will lead you in the right direction—and offer tips on how to find some of these treats—like Dottie’s Donuts—in some of the best local coffee shops. Philadelphia dessert hounds, consider yourself sated—and properly plumped.
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