A popular Italian dessert called a Sfogliatelle is a crisp, layered pastry filled with sweet cream. These babies are also known in the states as "Lobster Tails" due to their triangular shape and happen to be one of my favorite desserts.
You can get these anywhere, I believe they even sell them at chain markets around the country. But when you find a good one you can tell the obvious difference in texture, taste and sweetness. When you find the best, you know it. Lucky for me I have and pretty much everyone in the tri-state area or anyone who has visited agrees. This famous Italian bakery is not on the island of Manhattan or it's Brooklyn borough, but across the river in...Jersey. Rispoli Bakery has been around for over 75 years baking up homemade Italian recipes passed down from generations. Just google them-there's even YouTube video 's about how amazeballs they are.
My in-laws buy everything from Lobster Tails to Cannolis from this spot and introduced me to the goodness about 4 years ago. The texture is crisp and fluffy at the same time (I know, crazy right?) and the cream is perfectly sweet. Even if you live in the city or are just visiting, you should make a day trip to Jersey for these guys and one of the many blogged about Jersey gems. Plus the views of the city from Jersey, Queens and the BK are just sick. Don't be a Manhattan snob-go out & explore!