Friday, April 19, 2013

First Look: Piccione Pastry Serves Cannoli, Cookies and Italian Coffee in the Delmar Loop [Photos]

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Espresso hazelnut, pistachio and strawberry cannolis. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • Espresso hazelnut, pistachio and strawberry cannolis.

Cannoli, bomboloni, sfogliatella riccia, rum baba, cassata, spritz, giugiuleni. Fortunately, for those of us not fluent in the language of Italian pastry, all it takes to get one of the fresh-baked goods at Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355) out of the case and onto a plate is a simple gesture toward the dessert of choice. The 2,000-square-foot late-night bakery quietly opened its doors at the busy intersection of Delmar and Skinker boulevards this week with a grand opening slated for April 22.

Upon entering the fully outfitted casual storefront for the first time, Gut Check found ourselves unconsciously drawn to the brightly lit display case like a bug intoxicated by the glow of a warm lamp, only to get zapped with a sharp sugar rush. Behind the front line of sweets, uniformed staff and pastry chefs wrap up the final stages of production and prep for service on a long marble table. Tray after tray of colorful cookies line shelves against the back wall, containing plenty more treats to choose from.

click to enlarge Co-owner Elizabeth Nix, manager Laura Dignon, Grace Nix and chef Martin Lopez. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • Co-owner Elizabeth Nix, manager Laura Dignon, Grace Nix and chef Martin Lopez.

"What we try to do is recreate an Old World pastry shop in a modern way," says Richard L. Nix Jr., president of Butler's Pantry, the catering and restaurant business that got originally its start on Delmar Boulevard in 1966 and now operates concepts such as Bixby's and Cafe Madeleine.

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