Today is the last day in business for De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffe, the East Village fixture that has been selling cannoli, rainbow cookies, tiramisu, and all manner of other Italian pastries on First Avenue for the past 110 years. A phone call this morning confirms that the shop will close early today, at around 3 p.m., so get there sooner rather than later to pay respects.
Unlike Cafe Edison, there's no battle to be waged over the closure of De Robertis (upsetting as it may be to many). The four De Robertis siblings, who are the third generation to run the shop, own the building that houses it, and made the decision to sell the building back in May. At the time it wasn't clear whether the shop would still remain, but late last month they announced that this really was the end, blaming their health, age, and the economy.