While walking around in Galeria Umberto, I found this little pastry shop…Sfogliatella is a pastry that originated from Naples….I’ve had Sfogliatella before but I really wanted to try it here where it was created- Another common pastry I loved called “BABA” was also delicious…They served both pastries on two pieces of white paper, no plates. You can see how much oil the paper has absorbed off the Sfogliatella.
Baba pastry is very ‘cute’, it is shaped into a rounded cone– cut in half and filled with cream, the pastry is drenched in something that tasted like rum so the whole pastry is wet. It’s perfect with a little cold espresso. The pastry is made of a light cakey texture, kind of a cross between strawberry cake and “choux”.
Now onto the Sfogliatella! There are layers and layers of carefully defined and separated layers of light pastry, a little bit heavier than filo dough- filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese and candied orange peel mixture …The outer layers remind me of clam shells and orange peels… This was actually served warm which made it 10 times more delicious..
A lot of people here drink cold espresso, slightly sweetened. I ordered both cold espresso and sparkling water, it sounds weird but you go back and forth between the espresso and sparkling water and I love the combination. The sparkling water cleans your palette a bit.
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions you guys have been making! I’m off to a little island off naples now so I will be sharing pictures soon.