Italian-American Bakery Brings Sweets to Ramsey
Craving something sweet? Drop by L’Arte della Pasticceria on Main Street in Ramsey and experience homemade delights at their contemporary Italian-American pastry shop and café. Made by a Sicilian chef, their Italian-inspired offerings include both sweet and savory pastries, with only the freshest ingredients.
“We literally make everything here at L’Arte,” General Manager Anna Bischof says. “Cakes, frostings, cookies, even our croissant—an Italian cornetti—are made fresh by our staff every day, and that’s unusual for a bakery.”
L’Arte’s chef brings his Sicilian background to everything he makes.
“We have a Sicilian crumb cake called Sbrisolona, which he makes with mascarpone, Sicilian ricotta and chocolate chips that’s incredibly versatile,” she says. “It’s an elegant profile but very simple in design and rustic like a classic crumb cake. We make and slice it every day, and it’s amazing.”
Another Italian sweet, the Dolce Savoia cookie, comes with an interesting history.
“Our chef tells me that it was taught to him by his pastry teacher’s mother and was likely created some 150 years ago by Sicilian ‘first bakers.’”
It is very popular during Christmas time over there, she says, and the presence of warm spices like cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon makes it perfect for colder winter weather. And for those who want more traditional bakery fare, they also have plenty to offer—from buttercream cakes to Key lime pies, a vanilla Danish or a birthday or wedding cake, no one will walk away disappointed.
Strong believers in fostering a positive work culture and strengthening their community, L’Arte is a supporter of local organizations like the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.
“It’s important that people here work as a team and motivate each other to be the best they can be,” Anna says.
And when it comes to making wedding or other specialty cakes, she says their job is to take away their clients’ stress.
“It’s supposed to be a happy day, so we’re here to make it the best experience possible.”
So as the weather gets colder and a treat is in order, stop into L’Arte for a hot cocoa or coffee and enjoy a delicious pastry made from scratch. It’ll make your day a little sweeter, Italian-style.
Dolce Savoia Cookie
2/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 large eggs
Zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Filling:
1/2 cup cranberry jam
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
For the Sugar Glaze:
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
Mix until creamy. Add a little milk if necessary.
For the Egg Wash:
1 tablespoon cold water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cream the almond flour and butter with a mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients, the eggs, the orange zest and spices. Mix for 2 minutes on low speed.
Divide the dough into 3 parts and roll them out on a surface with sprinkled flour. With your fingers, press down in the middle of each part and add filling inside. Roll the dough into “logs” and put them on a tray lined with baking paper. Gently roll them out to approximately 12 inches long and 1/2-inch thick.
Brush some egg wash over the three rolls. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. When cooled, brush a thin layer of the sugar glaze on top. Let dry for 30 minutes. Cut in small pieces. Can be stored in a closed container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.