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Authentic taste of Italy in market.

ST JOHNS Market might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of rustic Italian catering - but this food stall is serving up some of the best desserts in the city.

Hidden gem Cose Buone is run by lifelong friends Alex Danci and Mauro Torcivia, both 30, who came to Liverpool from Sicily with dreams of running their own business.

The pair make and sell an incredible range of delicious desserts, as well as pizzas, paninis and delicacies from their home city of Palermo.

Alex told the ECHO: "Our food ... I would call it unique. The food we sell, you could not find any place else in Liverpool.

"We bring traditional Sicilian street food."

Trading out of St Johns Market since April, the unassuming little stall sells doughnuts, brioche, sweet cream-filled pastries, and other traditional Italian dishes.

Alex said: "We chose Liverpool because it is amazing. In the last five or six years, it is growing day after day.

"Our food is good for students and young people, and young people come here because we are bringing something new."

Alex and Mauro, who have been best friends for 15 years since sharing the same desk in school, said their "big dream" was to come to Liverpool and open their first shop.

The pair are passionate about using the best Italian ingredients to make sure their customers get the highest quality food.

Although their sweet treats take centre stage, Cose Buone's specialities are two dishes native to their southern Italian home - arancini balls and cannoli.

Arancini are stuffed rice balls, filled with ragu and mozzarella, which are coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. At Cose Buone, Alex and Mauro use an original family recipe to prepare their arancini in the typical Sicilian style.

For customers with a sweet tooth, connli are Italian pastries of the Sicily region. They are made by filling pastry dough with a sweet ricotta cheese filling.

The smell of freshly baked bread and pastries from Cose Buone wafts through to the other side of the market, and Italian customers looking for authentic home food can be heard chatting with Alex and Mauro.

They also sell incredible savoury snacks, like stuffed pastries and lasagna, as well as their signature pizzas.

As well as making a range of delicious desserts, Alex and Mauro also offer an incredible value lunch deal where customers can buy a huge slice of pizza, a portion of fries and any drink for PS5. The pair have even set up on Deliveroo, so customers can order their favourite sweet or savoury treats online and get them delivered to their door.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2017
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