There is no shortage of fantastic bakeries and cafes in North Brooklyn, but a new one serving traditional Italian pastries deserves recognition. Newly opened on December 20 in North Williamsburg, Bianco Latte (109 Bedford Ave.) is an all-day Italian cafe inspired by Venetian flavors located a short walk from McCarren Park.
It’s no surprise that preliminary reviews from locals have been overwhelmingly positive. Bianco Latte owner Andrea Zanin is an award-winning Italian pastry chef whose goal is to bring authentic, high-quality Italian baked goods to Brooklyn. Zanin says, “Our goal is to give Williamsburg the highest possible level of Italian pastry.
Bianco Latte doesn’t stop at mouth-watering delicious pastries. The cafe also offers a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, along with panini, pasta, panettone, and decadent desserts like tiramisu, which Zanin says “never disappoints.” Puff pastry croissants with butter are a staple. (After all, Zanin studied pastry in the best places in France.)
Zanin’s passion for the art of pastry making and Italian cuisine comes from his family. His father, Pietro, opened his own bakery in the 1950s. This ingrained love for baking is perhaps what has led Zanin to win so many awards in the industry. Zanin received the title of Best Pastry Chef in Italy in 2005 and 2006.
In 2000, Zanin’s famous panettone won the award for the best traditional panettone. This award-winning traditional Italian cake was available nearby at the Astoria Bakery Cafe (4321 Ditmars Blvd.) as well as other restaurants in town even before Bianco Latte opened.
Bianco Latte is Zanin’s first store in New York City, but he and his team are hoping to expand to Manhattan and possibly Miami. For now, their focus is on welcoming Williamsburg neighbors. “We want Bianco Latte to be a place where friends and families come together to enjoy something so good that they cannot fail to return,” Zanin said.
Zanin also wants North Brooklyn residents to be on the lookout for upcoming cooking classes in his kitchen at Bianco Latte.
Bianco Latte is open everyday from 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.