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Caffe Aurora

Map145 Mill St.
Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Food & Drink
  • Italian Bakery

Best of Hudson Valley History

2008 Editors' Pick — Best Italian Bakery

Additional Information:

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
County: Dutchess
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: Caffe Aurora has been serving sweet treats to the Italian community -- and local Italophiles -- for nearly 70 years. The cafe, at its current location since 1962, has a comfortable, old-timey feel -- thanks in part to the original, vintage soda fountain, complete with Coke dispenser. But it's the baked goods that really lure 'em in. Our cannoli are the hands-down favorite, says owner Lou Strippoli, whose father started the business in the 1940s. We're taking them to a whole other level. You can buy traditional cannoli, but Caffe Aurora offers a cool spin -- canoli shells cut into tortilla-like chips that you dip right into the creamy ricotta cheese filling. Says Lou: This way, you can eat as little or as much as you want, and you don't have to deal with canoli that have those soggy shells after you've left them overnight in the refrigerator.
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