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Jan 13, 2007 01:26 AM

Help me find cheese bread

I recently had an artisanal loaf of white bread with smoked provolone baked right in. when toasted, the crusty, chewiness combined with the smoky aroma of the provolone is truly something to behold. Unfortunately, my friend bought the loaf in Greenwich. Any chance i can find something like this in manhattan? Locations accessible to UWS would be optimal. Thanks!

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  1. Citarella! I've never tried the loaf, but they have a provolone. They also sell parmesan cheese twists (not cheese sticks; soft bread baked by Amy's) that I love.

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    1. re: Whippet

      Sounds great. More suggestions are definitely welcome. But this is a great start. can't wait to try it tomorrow morning!

    2. I was in Madison, WI once for a wedding and went by the farmer's market to discover a wondrous wonder of a loaf--Stella's Cheese Bread. It's a soft almost Challah-like bread with clumps of spicy cheese baked in... Madison is far, but I sometimes dream of moving there just for that damn bread!

      1. I've actually looked all over the city and Citarella's is the only one in manhattan that i've found. however, some friend's of mine who live in riverside, CT, brought us an artisanal loaf with pockets of smoked provolone baked in. absolutely divine. after slicing and toasting, the "stinkiness" of the provolone permeates the house and i love it. Unfortunately, the citarella version pales in comparison. lacks aroma and rather stingy on the cheese. for now, i must make do with occasional shipments from my friend.

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        1. re: FattyDumplin

          if it was bought in greenwich/riverside, then it was probably at Balducci's (formerly Hay Day), so I'd look for it there in the city

        2. The Pecorino foccacia at Sullivan Street bakery...for a single serving.

          1. No info on provolone bread but can I suggest pao de queijo? Brazilian/Portugese cheese puffs similar to gougeres but made with cassava flour. AMAZING when made fresh and proper. My mother and I had a business concept years ago to open a pao shop but Puff and Pao beat us to it. (They're on Christopher if you ever want to give it a try)

            Back to the topic at hand, my guess is that you can find the bread in question in Little Italy.