Since 1921, when brothers Giuseppe and Gaetano first opened up shop in their South Philadelphia pasticceria, the Termini name has been associated with tradition, quality, and handmade Sicilian sweets. Now in the hands of the third generation of Termini brothers, the bakery never wavers from that foundation.
They still make traditional cookies, cakes, pastries, and torrone (nougat candy studded with nuts), just the way their grandfather and father did for over 90 years. Walk by their long counter filled with cookies fragrant with almond and orange—amaretti, biscotti, pignoli— flaky sfogliatelle, tall, immaculately frosted carrot and cream cakes, and you’ll understand why Termini leads the pack of Philadelphia’s Italian bakeries and has become a family tradition for so many people. Whether your pick is New York–style cheesecake, fig bars with Marsala and hazelnuts, or cannoli filled with whipped ricotta cheese, chocolate, or vanilla cream, a stop at Termini might become a family tradition for you, too.