For months I have been driving by a little sign on Route 9 in Clifton Park directing folks to stop at an Italian Bakery called Dolce & Biscotti.
One rainy Sunday morning, I decided to stop and was pleasantly surprised.
It can be difficult to find a great corner bakery around here. Yes, there are a few places that locals rave about that have been a mainstays in the local community. I have enjoyed a loaf of bread or a cookie (or two!) from those establishments, but to be honest, in the last few years they have lost their staying power in my opinion. The once sought after bread is just so-so; cookies arrive as hostess gifts beautifully wrapped in a tower of cellophane and curly ribbons to be opened with promising sweetness only to be met with stale bites of dough and chewy jam. It's really disappointing.
Dolce & Biscotti was anything BUT disappointing!
You are greeted with a warm hello and smile as you enter the bakery, complete with a small cafe section, a perfect little area to sit, chat and enjoy a cup of coffee with your cookie or pastry.
The front display is stocked full of delectable treats, cookies, pastries, muffins and cakes, a true feast for the eyes.
I opted to try the sesame seed, anise ginnettes and almond cookies and a large (small is also offered) loaf of Italian bread to have with spaghetti dinner.
The anise cookies were good, not too dry and covered in a slightly sweet glaze. The sesame cookies were perfectly toasted to bring out the nutty flavors of the sesame seeds, a perfect coffee dunking cookie.
The almond cookies? Absolutely delicious! I don't know where to begin! “U”-Shaped with ends dipped in dark chocolate were divine. When taking a bite, the cookie is soft and chewy and fills your nasal passages with heavenly almond. Personally, I could do without the chocolate- I know- crazy, right? I did like it, but felt it did nothing to add to an already perfect cookie.
The bread was also baked to perfection; golden brown crust that crackled under the knife as each slice of airy bread fell to the cutting board.
Will I return to Dolce?
You bet! I have many, many more cookies to taste. Tough job, I know and I am not complaining. Nope. Not one bit!
Have you tried Dolce & Biscotti? What did you enjoy?
Haven't been there yet? Well, get there today!
Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery
1758 U.S. 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065