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Our History

In 1973, five years after immigrating to the United States from Torreta, a small town outside Palermo Italy, John Zito brought the art of Italian pastry making to Brooklyn, opening the Famous Rimini Pastry Shop on 69th Street & Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst.

At the age of 18, with no formal training, he started out washing dishes at his own bakery and began learning the art of baking from authentic old world pastry chefs and bakers from Italy.

John would learn by watching and then writing and perfecting the recipes to make them his own since the Italian bakers were not willing to give up their recipes. After a few years John was his own chef and baker and in 1976 the bakery expanded, offering an array of Italian pastries, cakes and cookies.

John’s motto is “If its not good enough for me, its not good enough for my customers” and therefore prides himself on using only the highest quality ingredients. Rimini’s products are all made from scratch on premises and have no preservative and no trans fat.

For the past four decades Rimini has used original recipes offering high quality at reasonable prices keeping their customers satisfied. Today, John bakes with the same passion that has made this cornerstone landmark a favorite for many customers who continue to travel from all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Come in and see for yourself why Rimini is Brooklyn’s most “Famous” Pastry Shop.


Traditional Cakes and Cookies from various cultures

Residing in one of Brooklyn’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, Rimini goes well beyond traditional Italian goods, offering a wide selection of traditional cakes and cookies from various cultures. Some of which include Challah Bread, Rugula, Homontash, various mousses, Chocolate Cigars, Honey Cakes, Lindsay Tarts, French Nut Cake.

Selection of Goods for various Holidays

We bake a selection goods for various holidays, including New Years, Easter, Mother and Fathers Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and your not so official holiday’s like the Superbowl!

Come in or call to place your holiday orders early.


Rimini caters to all of your needs, so whether you are just you in the mood for a cup of coffee and a donut or need a beautiful, delicious, cake for that special occasion we can help.

From traditional Italian cakes and cookies to more modern innovative styles.

We pride ourselves on the Italian classics but also offer an array of more modern choices such as Red Velvet Cake, Specialty Cakes and Pastries, as well as Sugar-Free cookies, cheesecake and fruit turnovers.

Best Sellers

Rimini’s mousse cakes are very unique and one of the best sellers especially the Raspberry Mousse Cake.

Other mousse cakes we carry; Choc. Rasberry, Double Choc., Triple Choc, Cappuccino, Amaretto and Strawberry.

Seven Layer Cookies.


Hand-Made Cannoli Shells.


Wide selection of Italian breads, Semolina, French, Old Fashioned Brick Oven, Whole Wheat, Various Rolls, Raisin Bread, Prosciutto Spinach and Broccoli Breads.

Breakfast Goods



Fruit Turnovers.


All offered in various flavors and all made fresh on premise.

Home-Made Gelato

Home-Made Gelato in a variety of flavors.


Check the Markateer and American Oggi newspapers for specials offerings.