Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
A good time visit the new Sinful Sweets -- at 901 Penn Ave., Downtown -- is after school lets out, when young people come in for treats and, oh, there are samples? Sweet!
Owner Chris Weck and two women who work with him happily handle the rush. The cake pops -- chocolate-dipped balls of cake and icing on a stick priced at $1.50 to $2-plus -- seem to sell themselves.
"We've just been ripping through them," says Mr. Weck, who opened Jan. 4 in this space after his lease ended in Lawrenceville, where his shop was for about a year and a half.
This is not, as some think, a Project Pop Up storefront, he says. "I paid for everything out of my pocket."
The native New Yorker has candy in his genes, going back to his Scottish forebears; he learned the ropes from his uncle, who owns a chocolate shop in the Chicago area.
At this shop, too, they dip everything by hand, from family-recipe toffee to truffles ($17.95 to $60.95 per pound).
Mr. Weck already has been collaborating with his neighbors, dipping potato chips from Mark's Grill and making, with Nicky's Thai, truffles with plum wine in dark chocolate ganache with Thai spices.
"I just like the creativity behind it," he says.
Hours now are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., but will change; they're adding espresso and coffee to the menu that includes ice cream.
For more, visit sinfulsweetsonline.com.