Joe Floriano is the owner of this bread and sweets kosher bakery in downtown Hartsdale offerings both Italian (cannoli, rum cake, sfogliatella) and Jewish items (challah in such varieties as chocolate chocolate chip, cranberry chocolate chip, jalapeno, marble, raisin, plain, poppy, honey bread, and tagelach—honey dough balls with cherries and walnuts).
A second branch, selling strictly Italian baked goods, is in the Bronx on Morris Park Avenue.
He also has a long list of unusual store-made cream cheeses including pistachio, blueberry, apricot, and caviar and onion to complement stellar housemade bagels.
This Italian-named and Italian-owned bakery serves—no surprise here—Italian confections (love the pignoli cookies) and—surprise, surprise—first-class, egg-y challah bread. Baker Joe Floriano sells some 80 “Jewish grandma-certified” braided challahs each week, including flavors such as cranberry, chocolate chip, chocolate-cranberry, chocolate-chocolate chip, onion, olive, and jalapeño-cheddar. Perhaps unorthodox but, trust us, they’re good. And, should your bubbie ask, Enrico’s is kosher.