Modern Pastry Shop
Though Modern Pastry Shop has been helping people celebrate with traditional Italian treats for more than 70 years, the bakery's history extends much further back than that. The family of bakers can trace their recipes back 150 years, to the days when their Italian foremothers and forefathers tinkered with ingredients and baking methods until they had forged the perfect biscotti, cannoli, and pignoli cookies. Three generations later, old world techniques still take center stage at Modern Pastry Shop, though the menu has expanded to include classic American favorites like apple pie, Boston cream cake, and gingerbread men modeled after former Secretaries of State.
Each day, customers can find the bakers filling pasta frolla pastry dough with sweetened ricotta to craft ricotta pies, icing soft anginetti cookies with lemon or anise frosting, and crafting numerous styles of torrones—a nougat-like candy made with roasted almonds. The freshly baked goods are also complimented by an assortment of specialty items imported from Italy, including olive oil, Cedrinca hard candies, and bite-sized Balocco wafers filled with vanilla, chocolate, or hazlenut cream.