Tour Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Poughkeepsie’s Italian section is home to a number of authentic restaurants and bakeries

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pignoli cookies

Caffè Aurora Pastry Shop

145 Mill St. 845-454-1900

This Poughkeepsie pasticceria opened on Main Street in 1941, but owner Paolo Strippoli — an Italian immigrant who came to New York six years earlier — moved the bakery to its current location on Mill Street in 1963. A family-run business, the caffè is still a popular spot nearly 70 years after its inception.

L’atmosfera: Everything about this pastry shop is authentic, from the smells and tastes of the crumbly cookies and pastries to the old-fashioned frozen treats bar. The round tables placed inside and out encourage guests to sit and stay awhile.

Le persone: Don’t be surprised to find friends conversing in Italian at the outdoor bistro tables, or catching up inside over quaresimali (biscotti with hazelnuts, almonds, cinnamon, and cloves).

Le merci: The biscotti, amaretti, pignoli cookies (at right), and other traditional treats taste like they’re straight out of mamma’s kitchen. Satisfy chocolate cravings with a roulade — a ganache-covered cake roll filled with chocolate mousse and a bit of raspberry.

Gustare questo: Try the Baba Cream. A take on traditional baba au rhum, this yeast-raised brioche is filled with vanilla custard and drenched in rum punch.

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