Villabate offers an eye-popping array of decorative creations for that special event, and plenty of options for snackers on the go. Perhaps three-quarters of the Villabate cookie collection feature almond in some guise or another; if you like licorice, try the anise cookies (below; $12.00 per pound). From an earlier visit, pine nuts sealed the deal on an apricot pastry ($2).
Villabate Pasticceria and Bakery
7117 18th Ave., Bensonhurst, Brooklyn