Cosa DuciBOCA RATON, FL (November 15, 2013) — Cosa Duci Italian Bakery in Boca Raton has introduced new bakery items, specially prepared for the upcoming holiday season.  This charming, authentic Italian bakery-café, located in East Boca Raton and run by the mother-daughter team of Giovanna Cimino and Silvia Fausto, is known for its traditional Italian cookies and biscotti, as well as a daily homemade lunch special.

The new offerings include cuccidati, cookies made with Marsala wine dough and filled with a delectable mélange of nuts, chocolate and figs. Then, there are nocciolini, a delicate hazelnut cookie.  There are also pinoli, soft chewy cookies made with almond flour and covered in pine nuts.  Rounding out these new selections is a very unique traditional cookie made from pistachio nuts and almond paste and a beautiful, butter shell cookie.

All the new offerings are made using family recipes from Mrs. Cimino’s hometown of Castellemare del Golfo in Italy’s Sicily region.  Sicily is known worldwide for the sweets found in its many pasticcerie, or pastry shops. And, while many traditional cookies are made throughout Italy, the history behind the baking of fruit, almond- and pistachio-based confections dates back to the Saracens that settled in Sicily during the 10th century.  What makes Cosa Duci’s products unique is that they remain true to the region’s traditional baking methods and use of fresh ingredients.

“In Sicily, “said Mrs. Cimino, “we go to the market in the morning to buy the ingredients for the day’s meals.” She added, “Everything is fresh and of a high quality and that makes a difference and that’s our philosophy at Cosa Duci.”

In addition to the new cookie offerings, which are available at the bakery and also at Whole Foods markets throughout the state, there are also Cosa Duci’s signature products.  These include a wide range of flavored biscotti, including ginger, pistachio and chocolate, Chai and roasted almond, cranberry and walnut and almond and chocolate.  Cosa Duci also has traditional specialty cakes and pastries, including cassata cake, sfogliatelle, Neapolitans and cannoli.   They also carry a wide selection of gluten-free products, including a rich and creamy tiramisu.

For holiday gifts, Cosa Duci has a large selection of pre-made specialty baskets and can also make baskets to order.  Their bakery products are packaged in lovely brown boxes with pink and brown accent ribbons.  Special orders and holiday platters are available upon request.  For the true Italian gourmand, they carry an array of imported gourmet Italian specialty products — some very hard to find locally — including high-quality olive oil, chestnut cream, marinated anchovies and specialty pastas, such as toasted fregola semolina pasta.

For customers that crave an authentic Italian meal, a daily lunch special, made each morning in-house by Mrs. Cimino, is available in their café.  The meal, which costs $11.00 and is always chef’s choice, includes focaccia bread, soup-of-the-day and a combined entrée of meat and pasta dishes.   This daily meal is a favorite for local Italian expatriates and on any given day, the number of customers from Italy, watching RAI on Cosa Duci’s T.V., is a testimony to the quality of Mrs. Cimino’s cooking.  In Italy, larger and more leisurely meals are eaten during the day, rather than in the evening.

“People tell us all the time that they come here because it feels like they’re in Italy and because my mother’s cooking reminds them of Italy, which for many of our customers is home, “said Ms. Fausto.

Cosa Duci will be open during the holiday season Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.  Lunch is served daily from 11:00am until 2:00pm.


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Cosa Duci Italian Bakery is an authentic Italian, family-run business that was founded in 2007 by executive chef and chief baker, Giovanna Cimino as a means to help assist her son Giuseppe, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.  A portion of Cosa Duci’s annual profits are donated to the MS Society and the family advocate for MS awareness, participating in local events to support this worthy cause.  Silvia Fausto, Mrs. Cimino’s daughter, is the company’s president.  All of Cosa Duci’s recipes originate from the family’s birthplace of Castellemare del Golfo in Italy’s Sicily region and the phrase, “cosa duci” means “sweet thing” in Sicilian dialect. Cosa Duci’s cookies are featured at Whole Foods throughout Florida and are also carried locally at Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdales.  In 2011, Cosa Duci was named “Best Bakery in South Florida” by Sun-Sentinel readers.  Cosa Duci also offers a traditional Italian café lunch made in-house daily by Mrs. Cimino.

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Jenifer Mangione Vogt