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Can you recommend any good Bakeries in the Triangle

We are originally from NJ/NY area and enjoyed many Italian style cakes and pastries back home. Since we moved here, we have been searching for a bakery in the Raleigh or Cary area. Any recommendations would help.

PS. Please recommend any good authentic Italian restaurants in the Triangle as well. Where can we find decent authentic Italian around here?

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  1. as far as bakeries, there's not an italian one that i know of-- but there is guglhupf in durham. well worth the drive from raleigh. very european style, esp. german and french style pastries. truly killer stuff. as far as straight bread goes, weaver st. in carrboro has the best around. not even close.

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    1. re: HeelsSoxHound

      Guglhupf is certainly one of the top bakeries around. Just one word of warning: if you want something specific, like a baguette, call first and make sure they have it available. There have been many, many times that I have gone to Guglhupf and they have been sold out of almost everything. This can happen several hours before they actually close. So the bottom line is, go there as early in the day as you can, and/or call ahead.

      1. re: durhamois

        In defense of Guglhupf on the running-out-early factor. It operates more like a true European bakery, which means that toward the end of the day there just isn't going to be that much to choose from. Everything is always baked fresh that day. You're not going to find pasteries or breads from the day before unless they're in the mark-down bin. A lot of people come from Raleigh and even farther afield and stock their freezers without ordering ahead. Can't be helped, I suppose.
        I'm not as big a fan of their pastries as some, but I have to say- if you like Stollen, give theirs a try. Tis the season.
        Oh, it's you - Durhamois - hi!

    2. The best place I know in Raleigh for cakes and pastries is Hereghty's in Glenwood Village S.C., but it is french. But really really good. They do not really do just bread, though, only cakes and tarts and pastries.

      1. This is one of the major gaps that remain in this region, in my opinion. There's really nothing close to Italian baked goods available and while you may find okay Italian food, depending on your personal taste, it won't resemble any of the neighborhood Italian trattorias in the outer boroughs.

        I've become very adept a baking my own biscotti, reginas, amaretti, cannoli, and even panetone, but sfogliatelle are way beyond me, unfortunately. Let's not even discuss bread. I'm afraid most bakeries in this area wouldn't know genuine Italian bread if it whacked 'em in the head (and if it were real Italian bread, boy would that hurt!). I still have a pane di casa from the Bronx in my freezer.

        Could some talented culinary entrepreneur please rectify this situation?

        1. There is an article on triangle bakeries in the indy this week:

          http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Cont...

          1. Does Conti's in Mordecai still do cannoli? I know that is where I have gotten great frozen pasta, shipped in from NY, in the past.