At Tre Mari Bakery, we’re passionate about introducing Italian food to a diverse audience. Our customers frequently come to us seeking product suggestions, and this has inspired us to create our article series: Tre Mari's Top 5. Throughout these articles, we present our top five recommendations across a variety of categories of Italian cuisine. In this edition, we unveil our thoughtfully curated top five Italian pastries:
At number five is the elegant and delicate Sospiri. Translating to "sighs" in Italian, these dainty pastries evoke just that—sighs of contentment. With a base of almond meringue, Sospiri are filled with luscious cream, offering a harmonious blend of textures and a taste that is as light as a gentle breeze.
Originating from Naples, the sfogliatelle’s flaky, paper-thin layers are carefully shaped into a shell-like form and generously filled with ricotta cheese, candied citrus peel, and a whisper of cinnamon. This pastry strikes the perfect balance of crispiness with creaminess.
The Zeppole is a celebration of simplicity and flavor. These delectable pastries, often enjoyed during Easter, possess a unique ability to transport you to Italian street fairs. Deep-fried to golden perfection and adorned with a delicate dusting of powdered sugar, Zeppole offer a delightful combination of textures.
Our runner-up is the beloved Tiramisu, a timeless classic that has earned its place in Italian dessert royalty. Though technically more of a dessert, its pastry-like elements make it an essential contender. The combination of coffee-soaked ladyfinger biscuits and velvety mascarpone cheese yields a symphony of flavors that dance elegantly on the palate.
And now, reigning supreme at the top of our list is the Cannoli. These pastries encapsulate the heart and soul of Italian indulgence. A crisp, flaky shell envelops a sumptuous ricotta filling (though, at Tre Mari we are known to get a little more creative than that), the cannoli is a blend of textures and flavors that embodies Italy's culinary artistry.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our top five Italian pastries. If you’re looking for genuine Italian pastries—including the ones you read about in this article, and more—check out our online shop. We deliver to areas across Toronto and the GTA.
—Tre Mari Bakery