At Milwaukee Food & City Tours we love our sweets. Whether its a scoop of cool, creamy custard on our Burger & Custard Capital of the World tour, a stop on our Cedarburg Sweets & Treats tour every Sunday afternoon, or a buttery Christmas cookie on our special Christmas tours, there isn’t a dessert we can turn down.
We kicked off spring and prepared for Easter with a special daytrip to Racine with a bus full of tour guests. During our travels, we heard from the curator at the 9th Annual International Peeps Art Exhibition at the Racine Art Museum, enjoyed brunch at a historic B&B overlooking Lake Michigan, toured a greenhouse and shopped at iconic Milaeger’s, and satisfied our bunny ear craving at a local chocolatier!
As tour attendees prepare for holidays, we frequently are asked, “Which Italian bakery in Milwaukee sells the best breads and cookies?” We decided to delve into learning about the Italian baking traditions for Easter by visiting the best Italian bakeries in the greater Milwaukee area.
Pupa Con L’ouva
One of the most popular Easter treats in Sicily is Pupa Con L’uova (also spelled Pupi and Pupo frequently) translates to “the doll with the egg,” a sweet treat usually given to children as Easter gifts. This treat is made of sweet dough wrapped around decorated eggs into various shapes like birds, dolls, hearts, bunnies and more. An egg is held into place by strips of crossed dough.
Many area Italians and Sicilians recall waking up on Easter morning to find this pastry in their basket as a special breakfast treat. It is lightly sweetened with orange and anise and resembles a very thick cookie dough. This sweet dough is a wrapped around a raw egg that is sometimes dyed before being baked. Once the pastry is baked it is decorated with a thin frosting and decorated with sprinkles, colored frosting or Jordan almonds.
Tradition says that the bigger the pastry and the more eggs in the pastry, the more important the recipient is. Therefore, the biggest pastry is traditionally given to the head of the household.
Milwaukee has no shortage of wonderful options to get your own Pupa Con L’uovas! We visited four best Italian bakeries in the greater Milwaukee area and love how each bakery put their own spin on the traditional Pupa Con L’uova and made it their own.
Want to stock your Easter table with these delightful treats? Here’s where to go:
1100 E Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee
Featuring dyed Easter eggs, a thicker cookie and frosting, sprinkled with Jordan almonds on top. Whimsical shapes including hearts and doves, in addition to traditional shapes. Not a Pupa Con L’uova, however, Canfora Bakery also sells loaves of bread shaped as bunnies.
Nino’s Italian Bakery & Deli
N88 W16683 Main Street, Menomonee Falls
Featuring a moist cookie with distinct almost flavor and dyed Easter eggs. Traditional shapes of baskets and crosses.
Scordato Bakery Inc.
5011 W Howard Ave, Milwaukee
Featuring undyed Easter eggs and light anise flavoring. Shapes include traditional basket, nest, duck, bunny and cross.
Peter Sciortino Bakery
1101 E Brady St, Milwaukee
Featuring a more cookie-like consistency, undyed Easter eggs, and glazed with a consistent and thick frosting. Traditional shapes of baskets and bunnies.
Pane Di Pasqua
Pupa Con L’uova is commonly confused with its Italian cousin, Pane Di Pasqua, or Easter Italian Bread. Pane Di Pasqua is like a bioche bread that is braided into various shapes with eggs nestled among the folds.
Want to order some traditional Italian Easter Bread in Milwaukee? The only bakery we have been able to find this product is at:
Aggie’s Bakery & Cake Shop
7328 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis
Must pre-order, or will be available in-store 3 days prior to Easter.
If you know of an area bakery that sells Pane Di Pasqua, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us year-round with your sweet tooth!
Interested in learning more about Milwaukee bakeries? Join us on our Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus this December! On each action packed 3-hour tour, we visit 6 – 8 of the best bakeries in the Milwaukee for treats and shopping, and learn about the traditions of Christmas in route to each stop on the bus!
We also offer several Christmas trips each December, including a trip to Poland! On the trip we enjoy cooking classes and learn to prepare various dishes traditionally served during Wigilia (Polish Christmas Eve). During a Polish Christmas baking class, we bake the most popular Christmas cookies in Poland too. Along the way, we make shopping stops at the most festive Polish markets in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zakopane and Krakow.
It’s never too early to begin planning your Christmas festivities! Details and tickets are available at: https://www.milwaukeefoodtours.com/christmas/