Proprietor Matt Benigno tells us he saw a great fit for the bakery there, since the space was previously Naked Chocolate and then briefly a chocolate shop by nearby Philly Cupcake, so he jumped on the chance to open a second location. It’s worth stopping in just for a duo of the signature cannoli, for which flaky, house-fried pastry shells are stuffed with ricotta cream filling studded with chocolate chips. Cannoli also come filled with vanilla or chocolate cream.
If you’re having a party, you could go for the “Colossal Cannoli” - a giant shell filled with mini cannoli that Benigno is rather proud of having invented. Or get a tray of Italian cookies, which come in dozens of shapes and sizes, including special designs for each holiday. On the evening we visited, a traditional Italian accordion player was playing, guests were sipping coffee and nibbling on sweets, and the friendly South Philly vibe was going strong.
1315 Walnut St.; 215-545-2253
7 AM-8 PM, Sunday-Monday; 7 AM-8 PM, Tuesday-Thursday; 7 AM-midnight, Friday-Saturday