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East siders have shorter drive to find Italian pastries


I have a tip this week on something frequently requested by readers of this column.

When we’ve had queries about local sources for fresh Italian pastries, readers have — since the demise of Albina’s several years ago — suggested Siena Trattoria and Deli, which is at 9500 W. Sahara Ave. But while Siena is convenient for those on the west side of the valley, it’s a bit of a haul for those from the east side.

So this week I’d like to note that Montesano’s Eateria, which is at 9905 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, has quite a selection of Italian-style baked goods and other desserts.

I tried only the sfogliatelle, the shell-shaped pastry with lots and lots of layers, a filling of ricotta and just enough candied fruit to add a bit of sweetness, and I’m happy to report it was excellent.

But if those aren’t to your liking, we also liked the looks of the eclairs, cannoli, chocolate cannoli, Boston cream cakes, pasticciotti and a whole lot more. ...

FOUND ITEMS

For Ken Wolt and others who are looking for bread mixes, Al Garth emailed to recommend those at www.preparedpantry.com (866-745-7892). I’ll also recommend www.kingarthurflour.com (800-827-6836). ...

And Jim Guynup emailed to tell fellow readers about the “awesome” cheese blintzes by Golden, which he’s found in the freezer section at some Smith’s stores. ...

More on scungilli: Laura and Jimmy Vesci of New York Pizza & Pasta, 2400 S. Jones Blvd., faxed to say they serve it, as a salad with olive oil and garlic and as an entree cooked in marinara sauce with pasta, salad and garlic bread. ...

READER REQUESTS

Guynup is looking for Sanka and Read canned German potato salad. ...

Ken Anderson is looking for Sabrett hot dogs and Carnegie Deli pickles, the latter of which he used to get at Costco. ...

Rick Muszynski is looking for pickled eggs. ...

Ivan Griffith is looking for Pfeiffer Italian salad dressing and Villa Armando wine, both popular in the East. ...

And Leslie Hall is looking for a North Carolina-style bottled barbecue sauce with a vinegar base, adding, “I’m sick of the standard sweet ‘ketchupy’ sauces.”

Readers?

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