Coffee breaks, like long lunches, seem to be a thing of the past. But after the first time I visited Pasticceria Natalina, a pastry shop featuring distinctive Sicilian specialties in Andersonville, I now manage to make the time for an occasional break. Then after I introduced my sister Martha, who moved into the city with her family less than a year ago, to Pasticceria Natalina, she has often become the one who instigates plans and has started a regular ritual of us ordering and sharing a cannoli. The cannoli are so fresh, they are not filled with ricotta cream until you order, and are best eaten within half an hour. The ricotta cream is speckled with dark chocolate chips and thin strips of orange peel that add an incredibly intense note of flavor. Like us, most customers don’t get past the door and end up devouring them at the small counter in the shop. They are the best!
As my sister and I savor every bite of these crispy and creamy creations with our cappuccino, we get a chance to catch up with each other. Eventually our conversation turns to the important subject of what pastry to share next and which ones to take home. Every time we find it hard to walk out with just one delicious dolci.
Although the selection of cookies is constant, Natalie always has something new and different on offer. This visit included these stunning peach cookies, almost too beautiful to eat.
5406 North Clark Street
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Wednesday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 10 pm
Saturday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm
Note: Hours change seasonally