We can’t visit Utica without stopping in at the Florentine in the old Italian neighborhood for our pusty fix! For the uninitiated, pusties are what Uticans call pasticciotti, which are small filled tarts. They’re a Utica passion. The fillings are usually some kind of pastry cream or ricotta cheesecake. The crust is gently sweet and the cream fillings are exquisite, especially when fresh.
Our favorite flavor is vanilla, with the chocolate and Italian cheesecake versions close behind. The Florentine also makes raspberry, apple, coconut, and lemon pusties, and pumpkin pusties in the fall. We also love that flaky clam-shell-shaped pastry called sfogliatelle (shfoo-yuh-dell in Soprano-ese), which has that great crust which is vaguely like Greek phyllo pastries, but sturdier, with a semolina/ricotta filling.
The folks serving our foursome must have thought we were all heading for a post-breakfast execution based on our gluttony, but what can we say? We’re in Utica once a year, at best.
Since 1928!667 Bleecker Street Utica NY 13501 315-724-8032 Florentine Pastry Shop’s Website Florentine Pastry Shop on Facebook Florentine Pastry Shop’s Left at the Fork Review