Bakemeister in Norristown
- Mawrter Mar 3, 2007 02:36 PM
This place is, despite its name, a fantastic Italian bakery. Not real flashy with the pastries and sweet stuff, but they have great tomato pie and the best semolina bread I've ever had outside of NYC (or Italy). Very spongy, dense, moist crumb, great crust, sprinkled with sesame seeds. They bake it on the premises and I was shocked they still had any when I arrived late-ish this Saturday afternoon.
I am not in Ntown often and so this was the first time I'd been there in years. The set-up in the place has changed from what I remember; they apparently serve sandwiches with lunchmeat now. And they now have (!) multi-grain bread, which I just had to try. Odd in that old-skool bakery, but hey, it's a new century. It was excellent, and as fresh and full of flavor, scent and texture as the semolina.
The semolina is just the best. I made my son stop in the lobby just to sniff before we went in.
I live in Jeffersonville...moved there just over three years ago. I drove by Bakemeister for about two years on Main street. Saw it but never gave it much thought. I had relied on buying some bread at Genuardis and had monthly trips into Philly to get bread/rolls from Sarcones. Well, about a year ago I decided to drop in...what great bread at good prices. Good cookies too...my 3 year old loves going there to pick out a few cookies. I have to try the tomato pie soon.
l do like giving business to a small place like Bakemeister...makes me feel good to have a good bakery in my area.
Though it has been there for years, the management is poor. The owner is Roger Martella and his daughter and son-in-law recently took over the business. I know this because I am a constant customer. They recently put a deli in and though they have a variety of meats and cheeses, they can't seem to attract enough customers to their sandwiches. Their tomato pies are awesome and I always get one when I have a party. They do have a nice assortment of breads and have even introduced a new wheat tomato pie(they had samples), which I found to be on the bland side. I like the original better. All in all, I would give 4 stars for the product and 2 stars for the management.