Austin has a beautiful little Italian bakery called Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties. I fell in love with this place pretty quickly. It’s run by three guys who know their way around Italian pastries, putting together beautiful homemade pastries, all for a very fair price.
When you walk in, take care to scootch by the gelato case and gander at the bakery case. These are the cannoncino, little coronets of puff pastry dusted in powdered sugar and filled with cream and pistachio dustings. light, crispy, and gently sweet. Perfect for an espresso. They make beautiful espresso here.
These are the crullers. A piped donut, fried and dipped in sugar glaze. The ridges stand up well to a cup of dark coffee.
These are the bombolini, bombolino for singular. They come in chocolate or vanilla filled. Whew, that’s a hard choice. Just get both.
We ended up trying a bit of everything, and this was what I could photograph before they were torn into.
This bombolino was my favorite. It had a wonderful italian cream inside, and was like the very best Boston cream donut you have ever had. I probably just made some Italian grandmother mad, but it’s a point of reference. It beats that.
I wanted to swim on the inside of this. Or maybe have Han Solo stuff me in there like he stuffed Luke Skywalker in the Tauntaun on Planet Hoth. All good, bro.
Next time I’m trying the gelato.