What began in Brooklyn as a personal affection for italian ice eventually bloomed into a multistate confection empire on the strength of frosty family recipes. Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream crafts its treats from the same recipes founder Louie G used growing up in New York City, before the invention of robot-run ice creameries. The expansive menu now includes more than 40 flavors of italian ices and two dozen ice creams. Fresh maraschino cherries, Dole pineapple, and a variety of other candies imbue the shop's italian ice with a dazzling array of flavors and textures.
Don't let the name fool you: butter cookies are made from more than just butter. At Cutest Cookies, each from-scratch batch incorporates 10 ingredients, including vanilla, flour, and meringue powder. From here, however, the similarities between each peanut- and tree nut-free batch end. Customers determine every cookie's color, shape, and design, ranging from wedding cookies decorated like tuxedos and dresses to birthday cookies ornamented with replicated pictures of the birthday boy or girl.
Bakers make the order one to two days before a customer's event, hand-decorating each cookie with individually mixed icing colors. To ensure freshness, they place every cookie in a cellophane bag fastened with a matching ribbon. If left in original packaging, an airtight container, or your mouth unchewed, the cookies will stay fresh for an entire month.
For more than 20 years, Scot Cosentino and his culinary team have shared their love of Italian cuisine with guests at Goodfella's Old World Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, a family-friendly bistro. They now have a second location known as Goodfella's Inferno Brick Oven Pizza, which has limited seating and focuses on takeout and delivery. At both locales, pizzas are made in the Old-World tradition—i.e., cooked in a real wood-fired brick oven as the chefs quote Dickens. The creations include Cosentino’s original vodka pizza and other handmade pies. For these gourmet pizzas, Goodfella's has taken home big prize money from the International Pizza Expo, winning its Pizza Challenge on more than one occasion. The chefs also prepare heaping helpings of Italian pastas and entrees such as eggplant parmigiana and baked ziti.
The Oreo cupcake doesn’t earn its name for nothing—a decadent Oreo crust ensconces an Oreo-flavored cake slathered with Oreo buttercream and topped with an actual Oreo cookie. The team of bakers at the online-only Petite Treats whips up more than 100 similar cupcakes, pulling inspiration from a plethora of eclectic ingredients ranging from mango puree to chocolate covered pretzels. The Lucky Charms cupcake, for example, comes rolled in its namesake cereal, whereas the caramel macchiato boasts an appropriately espresso-flavored cake. To cater to more adult palates, the bakers spike the chocolate and red wine cupcake with alcohol, filling the chocolate base with red wine syrup and crowning it with red wine-infused chocolate ganache.
Petite Treats' team can prepare gluten- and sugar-free options for those with food allergies. They can also make most flavors listed on the menu as full-sized cakes, freeing patrons from the hassle of super gluing a dozen cupcakes together.
With ample menu offerings throughout the day, the newly reopened Dominick’s is a one-stop eatery set to satisfy sweet and savory gourmet cravings. Select an imperial sandwich, such as the chicken caesar ($9.99) to tame unruly stomachs with succulent chicken and an iron fist. Feast on the piquancy of a vodka pizza ($15) or employ foam Hulk hands to grip an unwieldy half-pound portobello burger ($12.99). Fresh cannoli graces bakery shelves with fluffy dough and sugary filling, supported by a fleet of neatly assembled pastries. The café’s delicate chandeliers illuminate neat brick walls, glossy wooden tabletops, and the cheerful faces of Dominick's staff, which would otherwise be standing in the dark.