DAILY BREAD: Benvenuto Lezza Bakery & Gelateria!

I LOVE Lavazza coffee.  Paired with the best lemon cookie this side of the Atlantic.  SO lemony! (Not the one with ricotta...though I bet that great too!)
I LOVE Lavazza coffee. Paired with the best lemon cookie this side of the Atlantic. SO lemony! (Not the one with ricotta…though I bet that great too!)

Daily Bread

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♥da recipe

Slice Renata's  Frittata into 9 easy pieces.
Slice Renata’s Frittata into 9 easy pieces. 

link to: Renata’s Frittata

Renata’s Frittata will help line your stomach before you hit our new Italian bakery!


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Leza Bakery & Gelateria Video produced by Renata’s Kitchen

story and video by Renata/Renee Gough

Oh Momma!!! Lemon Drop Cookie at Lezza Bakery & Gelateria in Elmhurst this morning.
Oh Momma!!! Lemon Drop Cookie at Lezza Bakery & Gelateria in Elmhurst this morning.

The iced lemon drop cookie hit my tongue and healed my heart.

“Food IS love, Sophie,” I said to my daughter who is returning to college tomorrow.

“I know, Momma,” she said. 

We were both joking.  Kinda.  

I washed the sweet sarcasm down with a shot of Lavazza espresso loaded with sugar.

“In Rome, Italians pop into ‘bars’ for an espresso,” I shared. “They pound ’em like we do shots of tequila in Chicago.”

“Really?” Sophie asked.  Since she attends University of Illinois, she could relate to the culture of pounding shots. 

A small scoop of lemon ice served in the cutest little plastic glass thrilled her vegan heart.

It was a sunny, beautiful day in the great city of Chicago (and its environs), and I was thrilled to have an Italian bakery open just a few blocks from my house.

One of the cousins from the family owned bakery came and we began to chat. 

“I grew up in the bakery,” he said.

“Really?” I said to him, “I grew up in a restaurant too!”

We smiled and shook hands. Of course each of us had homes.  But there was an instant understanding.  

Paisani!

I told him how excited I was to try the Napoleons.  

“My dad will be thrilled.  The only place that had good Napoleons was the old, old Marshall Fields,” I said.

“Yes!” my paesano said.  “We all learned how to make the pastry growing up.  It’s different from phyllo.”

“A true craft,” I agreed.

Benvenuto a tutta la famiglia!  

Mia figlia Sophia
Mia figlia Sophia

 da quote

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in  harmony.

-Mahatma Gandhi

What's the difference between gelato and ice cream? Lo sai?
Happy Colors of Gelato

 

AMEN!

 

 

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