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Monteleone & Cammareri is open

oolah Feb 11, 2007 02:18 PM

Walked by today and was pleasantly surprised to see this place open, finally. I stopped in and picked up some lard bread (divine!!!) and a regular loaf. The pastries looked good, but I refrained for now.

The counter staff seemed untrained and overwhelmed, so there was a bit of a wait -- don't go if you're in a hurry.

Glad to have both these renowned names back in business. The bakery is on Court, between Union and President.

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    David B RE: oolah Feb 12, 2007 07:05 AM

    I saw they were open yesterday as well but didn't have time to stop in. The place looked pretty mobbed. Did you get a chance to check out the cheesecake? Hopefully it remains unchanged (and just as wonderful) as it was before.

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      Larry Brooks RE: David B Feb 12, 2007 07:11 AM

      The cheesecake is back, as before. PERFECT. Samples on the counter, too.

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      David B RE: oolah Feb 12, 2007 07:12 AM

      Great news. Thanks Larry - I'll be heading there this weekend.

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        Matt M. RE: oolah Feb 12, 2007 07:31 AM

        Are the prices as reasonable as Monteleone's before the merger/renovations?

        1. deepyarn RE: oolah Feb 12, 2007 07:48 AM

          Is this the Cammareri's that I remember from the neighborhood as a kid? The place that used to supply all the bodegas and delis with great bread before they moved away to make us suffer with that crap from Caputo's?

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            David B RE: deepyarn Feb 13, 2007 06:44 AM

            Same Cammareri's - used to be on Henry Street and was featured in the film Moonstruck (hence the comment below).

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              deepyarn RE: David B Feb 13, 2007 06:54 AM

              Thanks, hopefully their bread will be as good as before, I've been missing their semolina Italian loaf since the day they left.

          2. Ljubitca RE: oolah Feb 12, 2007 01:34 PM

            I walked by as well. I stopped walking when I noticed they had Moonstruck playing on an LCD mounted on the wall - on a loop. Perhaps I can get passed this and go inside and give it a try. It does look inviting.

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              monicagtz RE: oolah Feb 13, 2007 12:34 PM

              I stopped in on Friday and asked for the cheesecake and the girl behind the counter said it would be out of the oven in 20 minutes..but I was in a hurry and could not wait. I stopped in on Saturday and the whole chesecake was nearly gone but I was lucky and got a big, very big slice for my family. I couldn't wait so I asked the girl as she was cutting it to give me a sliver of it right there and then. I had been waiting for so long...It tasted delicious, just like before...soooo good! I had been watching my wiight and doing weight watchers for three weeks but this is worth breaking any diet. I love how they kept the old fashioned flavor of the bakery. No more Dunkin Donuts please in the hood we need more of this!

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                Matt M. RE: monicagtz Feb 14, 2007 05:54 AM

                What are the prices like? EXTREMELY reasonable, like before?

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                  Larry Brooks RE: Matt M. Feb 14, 2007 05:56 AM

                  Seem to be the same from my memory, maybe a little more but hardly.

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                    Matt M. RE: Larry Brooks Feb 14, 2007 06:00 AM

                    That's great news because not only were they the best bakery of that kind, but they were the cheapest, by far.

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                      rootytootyfreshnfrooty RE: Matt M. Feb 14, 2007 08:20 AM

                      Well they've been going strong and cheap since they closed in Carroll Gardens down on Bath Avenue and roughly B-19th Ave. Used to go there often until I found Royal Crown halfway there.

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