Pining for the old country? Desiring a little European cuisine without boarding Alitalia? Check out Crave.it bakery, café and gelateria in Chelsea. You can’t miss the colorful pastries and rainbow assortment of gelato on display at the entrance. The décor offers New York City sleekness with a pinch and dash of Rome. Selvaggia Pizzetti owns and operates this contemporary Italian bakery along with Chef Alejandro Quinones. The sites, smells and tastes are a real treat to the senses especially for those with a sweet tooth.
During this time of year, Crave.it is decked out for the season and offering holiday specials. You can observe their kitchen baking desserts and preparing their specialties thru an observation window. They also make breadbaskets that you can fill with whatever gift items you purchase or bring in for a personalized gift. Enjoy a hot chocolate with the kids or cappuccino with friends — they are the only importers of Mokito coffee from Italy. There is plenty of seating in front and a lounge in the rear with free wifi.
Sign the little ones up for one of their hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5 to 12. Parents can observe the instructions while enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee. Classes are held every Saturday from 10 am to 11:30. The kids are placed into two separate groups; the first one enters the laboratory to make gelato and a frozen treat while the second group remains outside preparing for a baked treat like cookies.
Ask about adult cooking classes and their catering options. Boun Natale! Viva l’Italia!