|"Banana" Marzipan; the cell phone camera does not do the beauty of it justice|
Beyond the marzipan, they have great fruit tarts, croissant, cheesecake that is to die for, and a lot of really good Italian desserts, including the classic cannoli. All of their cakes that I have tried are tremendous, and I look forward to trying more, despite my general aversion to very sweet desserts, because they just do such an incredibly good job with all of their food.
The coffee is, as I said, spectacular; it being a rather warm day today (47 degrees is warm in December), I went for an iced latte, and as I took my first long sip of it, all I could think was "if everyone tried this, no one would drink flavored coffee." The espresso is amazing, rich and flavorful, perfectly roasted, and the milk mixes perfectly with just the right ratio to the coffee. Their regular coffee is great as well; when I had a few trainings last year in Northampton, their hot coffee was the perfect thing to warm me, and as I struggled to stay awake through 24 hours of boring-ness over three days it kept me awake. After drinking La Fiorentina coffee I cannot drink Dunkin Donuts' swill for at least a week.
All in all, I cannot recommend La Fiorentina highly enough, and they are truly my favorite cafe in not just Northampton, but anywhere. If anyone has a place they think could challenge it, please let me know, but it is a long shot that I will find somewhere that I love more. FYI, though, their hours suck, not opening until 9am Sunday through Friday, and 8am on Saturday. I want coffee at 6am, dammit!
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