After the Little Blue Box, my favorite kind of box is pink.
Tied up with strings and holding sweet treasures to be savored, the classic pink pastry box is a sign that you're about to experience the sublime.
Skirtz & Johnston is just the place to seek a treat to arouse your taste buds.
What I found was this darling, European-style bakery, complete with its own dazzling mix of mouth watering cakes, pies and tarts.
When we lived in Connecticut, my dad would come home from the office, toting a classic pink pastry box stuffed with the most divine cannoli. New Haven is very Italian, and its pastry and pasta offerings are authentic; the cannoli are spot on - creamy, sweetened ricotta piped in a deep fried pastry shell. Skirtz & Johnston has its own classic version, as well as a raspberry version ($2.50 for either).
Two women stood next to me, their noses literally pressed against the glass, drooling at the sight of these confections.
If sweets aren't your thing, you can also enjoy Skirtz & Johnston's savory offerings, which include four hearty sandwiches served on their own bread ($6.75 each). The bakery also has everything you need for a good breakfast bite - pastries, bagels and a sausage and cheese casserole ($1.50 - $3).
I tried the goetta and apricot cheese danish ($2.50).
This thing was amazing. Moist and flaky, and the goetta and apricot complemented each other beautifully.
The spot also offers a nice selection of artisanal chocolates ($2) - they beckon you to come in as you pass the bakery's window.