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Editorial: Baseball Nights At Sapienza

Ladyfinger cookies. Those were my favorite when I frequented Sapienza Bake Shop on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. After every baseball game at Averill Park my dad and I would trek over to the bakery for some treats, whether we won or lost.

It feels like a hometown bakery. It looks like a hometown bakery.

Scratch out what you just read…it is a hometown bakery!

While surrounding areas are changing by the minute, that corridor has relatively remained the same. Sapienza still stands, Stop 20 Diner is still kicking and King Umberto’s continues to serve up pizza slices fit for the man upstairs.

Every time I drive by, I check out the old Sapienza sign. Thankfully, it’s still there. They don’t make signs like that anymore.

I think I’ve gotten every birthday cake from Sapienza for the last 20-plus years. It never gets old; it never goes out of style. What I deem one of the strongholds in Elmont, Sapienza is a welcomed sight in a time of plastic, uniform, streamer-text filled signage that usually graces storefronts today.

Change is great, but tradition trumps all. Sapienza is a testament to that.