The holiday season is often a time for people to embrace family traditions that have been passed around for generations. And many of these traditions are centered on food — especially for the Italians in the area. Italian Americans who have roots in the Naples region are probably familiar with the Italian version of honey balls, called struffoli. But if you’re not, this sticky and sweet concoction is made from simple ingredients, but it is very labor-intensive. In fact, it’s even difficult to find local bakeries that carry them. But fear not, our sticky-sweet friends — we’ve rounded up some bakeries in our area you can count on for this holiday treat. Read on for where you can find struffoli in North Jersey.
Bread + Salt | 435 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City
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Come for the struffoli, stay for the array of other traditional Italian goodies this bakery and eatery has to offer. It’s worth mentioning their panettone also sells out quickly, so order ahead if you can.
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Calandra’s Bakery | Multiple Locations
In 1962, the Calandra family opened their first bakery in Newark. Since then, they have opened additional bakeries and restaurants throughout the state.
Corrado’s | Multiple Locations
This family-owned Italian grocer has been serving up prepared foods and more since 1950 and is iconic among locals.
Da Vinci Bakery | 100 Centre Street, Nutley
You’ll find an assortment of pastries and cakes at this old-school bakery. Patrons rave about the freshness of everything they sell.
Gencarelli’s Bakery | Multiple Locations
A neighborhood staple in Bloomfield and Wayne, you can shop for Italian pastries, bread, and wedding cakes.
Mattarello Bakery + Cafe | 254 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
A newcomer to Montclair, you can also find treats like sfogliatella and cannoli.
Monteleone Bakery | 741 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Monteleone has been in the family for three generations. There isn’t a website, but they do accept orders over the phone.
New Venice Bakery | 173 Ray Street, Garfield
Stop in for some hot bread or indulge in sweets, including brownies, cookies, and cupcakes.
Nicolo’s Italian Bakery + Deli | 6 Baldwin Street, Montclair
Nicolo’s specializes in Italian bread, deli sandwiches and salads, and specialties such as homemade pasta and sauces.
Palazzone 1960 | 190 NJ-23, Wayne
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This family-owned cafe serves up pasta and paninis, along with signature pastries and coffee.
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Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street, Hoboken
Be sure to stop by this vibrant eatery for authentic Italian cuisine, and old-country wines. In the warm weather, you can dine outside.