Our stop at La Salle’s was not by chance and when we walked in Serena already had a game plan. We ended up walking out of La Salle’s with 2.5lbs of cookies for us to take back to Serena’s mother in North Carolina who was apparently having Bronx Italian cookies withdrawal, a pound for us to snack on during the road trip south and 2.5lbs to keep her father (we would be staying at her father’s before driving south) from eating our 1lb. While our cookies were being boxed up we spoke with Nella Passafiume whose family has been running the bakery for the last 25 years. Her son Dominick runs the day to day operation (he is also a part time social studies teacher) that starts at 1am with the baking of the breads, donuts, buns, Danish and rolls. Nella’s husband Tony also lends a hand part time.
We walked out of La Salle’s with enough cookies to tip the scale on a small dog and the taste of a fresh filled cannoli on my lips. I always love falling into places like LaSalle, owned by a hard working family who are always happy to stop, talk and truly listen to the people who walk through their doors. Their hard work and dedication to their trade comes through in their goods. Nella’s jovial and welcoming attitiude is evident in the way she spoke to us and how comfortable the regular that was sitting enjoying a coffee and pastry (whom we also spoke to) felt while waiting for her doctors appointment. During our next trip I hope to get involved in some of the pies that were giving me the eye when I was there.
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